Friday, September 28, 2012

Mississippi Church Wins Big Victory in Federal Court of Appeals


Liberty Institute Vows to Continue Fight After U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Reverses Lower Court Decision To Deny Opulent Life Church a Preliminary Injunction Against City of Holly Springs Discriminatory Ordinance

HOLLY SPRINGS, Miss., Sept. 28, 2012 —Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in favor of Liberty Institute’s client, Opulent Life Church. The Federal Court of Appeals declared that the ordinance the City of Holly Springs enacted to prohibit a church from existing on the town square is a violation of federal law, and it reversed a lower court’s ruling, refusing to prohibit the enforcement of the discriminatory ordinance.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Three Cheers For Texas Attorney General Abbott!


Liberty Institute Applauds Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Letter of Support for Kountze High School Cheerleaders And Their Stance Against Censorship of Religious Speech on Football Banners

KOUNTZE, TX, Sept. 27, 2012 —Today, Liberty Institute President Kelly Shackelford on behalf of Kountze High School cheerleaders and parents praised a letter by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, denouncing the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s “menacing and misleading” letter that led to the unconstitutional ban on student-made banners at Kountze ISD football games. Abbott wrote in the letter, “Contrary to the FFRF’s claims, however, the Supreme Court has never ruled that religion must be ‘kept out’ of public schools.”

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Kountze Cheerleaders Have Spirit, How About You?


Liberty Institute Attorney Cheers-On Heroism of Kountze ISD Cheerleaders and Parents during Wide Awake Rally Tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 PM

KOUNTZE, TX, Sept. 26, 2012 — Liberty Institute’s Senior Counsel Mike Johnson is scheduled to participate in the Wide Awake Rally to encourage the heroism of Kountze High School cheerleaders and their parents who stood up for their religious speech rights against the district’s unlawful censorship of student-made banners at football games. The rally is being held tonight, Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 7 PM – about one week before a state judge at Hardin County District Court will hear arguments in the lawsuit to permanently end the ban on banners containing religious messages.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Touchdown: Kountze ISD Cheerleaders Restore Legal Right to Express Religious Messages


Liberty Institute and Beaumont Attorney David Starnes File Lawsuit To Halt School District’s Ban on Student-Made Religious Banners and Signs

KOUNTZE, TX, Sept. 20, 2012 —Today, Liberty Institute and Beaumont attorney David Starnes, on behalf of Kountze High School cheerleaders and parents, filed a lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order (TRO) with the Hardin County Court to prohibit government school officials from censoring the cheerleader’s religious speech. The judge granted the TRO so that the cheerleaders can continue to encourage their football team with spirited banners and signs. If the school district decides to oppose the ruling, a hearing is scheduled for Oct. 4.

Liberty Institute Joins Investigation of Kountze ISD’s Ban on Student-Made Religious Banners


Attorneys Say: “Government Schools Will Never Learn Students’ Religious Rights Are Protected!”

KOUNTZE, TX, Sept. 19, 2012 –Liberty Institute has joined Beaumont attorney David Starnes in investigating Kountze ISD’s censorship of religious speech on student-made banners at football games.

“We are disappointed that Kountze ISD is banning student speech on banners because it is from a religious viewpoint. Such discrimination and censorship is unfortunate and illegal,” said Starnes, a leading litigator. “Once we complete our investigation, we will take appropriate action.”

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

World War I Peace Cross Rests at Intersection of First Amendment Battle


Liberty Institute Defends 40-Ft. Maryland Veterans Memorial

BLADENSBURG, MD, Sept. 19, 2012 —Liberty Institute on behalf of The American Legion will defend a 40-ft. World War I Peace Cross in Bladensburg, MD, erected in 1925 to honor men from Prince George’s County who lost their lives in the Great War. The 16-ton historic landmark— that sits in the heart of the community’s historic district to greet passersby and honor the selfless sacrifice and service of veterans with the inspirational inscription: “VALOR, ENDURANCE, COURAGE AND DEVOTION—is the oldest of four memorials in Veterans Memorial Park.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

“America on the Brink: The End of Religious Liberty with Barrister Paul Diamond.”


Liberty Institute Director of Litigation Hiram Sasser had the unique opportunity to sit down with British Barrister Paul Diamond for an exclusive look at the intense attacks on religious freedom in the United Kingdom. These attacks, Diamond says, are growing in number and are heading our way in the very near future if Americans do not wake up.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Faith and Religious Expression Under Fire


Experts And Leaders In The Field Set To Lead Panel Discussion On “Religious Hostility in America,” Sept. 15

WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 12, 2012 — Liberty Institute will participate in a “Religious Hostility in America” panel discussion during the Family Research Council’s Seventh Annual Values Voter Summit, Saturday, Sept. 15 from 2:25 -3 PM ET. The event will be held among some of the nation’s most influential conservative leaders in the Regency Ballroom at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, located at 2500 Calvert Street, NW, Washington, DC.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

County Commissioners Court Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit


Liberty Institute Defends Wood County’s Right to Open Sessions in Prayer and to Display National Motto “In God We Trust”

PLANO, TX, September 7, 2012 — Today, Liberty Institute, on behalf of the Wood County Commissioners Court, filed a motion for summary judgment with a Texas district court seeking to end a frivolous lawsuit against the county for opening its sessions in prayer and for displaying in its courtroom America’s national motto “In God We Trust.” Wood County resident Charles F. Scott alleges the County Commissioners Court is in violation of the U.S constitution.