Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sharing Faith with the Fans

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

For years, Sports Fan Outreach International (SFOI) has spread the Gospel to fans at major sporting events across the U.S. and the world. This weekend, the group gears up to share the Word with fans in New Orleans at Super Bowl XLVII, and Liberty Institute is helping to ensure their rights are protected.

Over the past few years, Liberty has worked with SFOI to provide its members with important information on their constitutional rights to Free Speech and Free Exercise of Religion. We also work closely with host city officials and local police authorities to confirm that religious free speech and the free distribution of religious literature will not be impeded.

War on Christmas Still Rages

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

Yes, you read that right. One month into the New Year and the War on Christmas is still rearing its ugly head. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is at it again, proving to be unrelenting in its efforts to remove Christ from Christmas.

Last November, the FFRF sent the small city of Jewett, Texas, a threatening letter demanding that the city remove a Nativity scene on display in the city park.

Fighting for the Next Generation

IN THE SCHOOL

You have probably read the recent story of Walter Tutka, a longtime substitute teacher in New Jersey who was fired for allegedly violating two school policies.

In the fall of 2012, Tutka quoted the Bible while speaking to a student who was the last to enter a doorway into the school, saying, “The first shall be last but the last shall be first.”

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Barna Survey: Most Americans Concerned About Religious Freedom

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

While the mainstream media continues to downplay the increasing attacks on religious freedom in the U.S., a recent study by The Barna Group shows that most Americans are truly concerned about the future of our First Freedom.

The survey included more than 1,000 adults from varying religions and beliefs, and of those polled, more than half are “very” or “somewhat” concerned that religious freedom will become more restricted over the next five years. In fact, one-third of those surveyed believe those restrictions have already increased during the past decade.

Liberty Institute Defends NJ Teacher After Wrongful Termination

IN THE SCHOOL

Liberty Institute has quickly stepped in to help Walter Tutka, a longtime substitute teacher who was fired for allegedly violating two school policies.

In the fall of 2012, Tutka quoted the Bible while speaking to a student coming last into the classroom, saying, “The first shall be last but the last shall be first.”

Friday, January 18, 2013

Conway Public Schools Retains Liberty Institute

IN THE SCHOOL

Constitutional Attorneys Assist Conway Public Schools In Responding to Freedom From Religion Foundation Demand Letter 

CONWAY, AR, January 18, 2013 – Today, Liberty Institute signed on to assist Conway Public Schools in evaluating the district’s equal access policies following receipt of a Freedom From Religion Foundation demand letter.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

NY School Orders Teacher to Remove Bible Club Prayer Box, Reagan Quote

IN THE SCHOOL

A teacher and advisor of a student Bible club has filed a federal lawsuit against her school district after they forced her to remove anything in her classroom that contained religious references.

According to an article by Fox News’ Todd Starnes, Joelle Silver, a high school science teacher in the Cheektowaga Central School District received a “counseling letter” from her superintendent that ordered her to remove all religious content from her classroom or face termination.

Liberty Institute Takes on ACLU, Freedom From Religion Foundation in Debate Over Jesus Portrait

IN THE SCHOOL

An Ohio school district is under attack from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and the ACLU for displaying a portrait of Jesus in a middle school.

The portrait, which was donated by the student group, Hi-Y Club, has hung in Jackson Middle School’s “Hall of Honor” for more than 65 yeas without issue.  That is, until an unnamed complainant contacted the Wisconsin-based FFRF.

Liberty Institute Assists NJ Teacher Fired For Giving Bible to Student

IN THE SCHOOL

On Monday, the Phillipsburg School Board voted to terminate the employment of a longtime substitute teacher for allegedly violating two school policies.

In the fall of 2012, Walter Tutka quoted the Bible while speaking to a student, saying, “The first shall be last but the last shall be first.”

Friday, January 11, 2013

Liberty Institute Investigates Demand to Remove School's More Than 65-Year-Old Display Containing Jesus Portrait

IN THE SCHOOL Constitutional Attorneys Assist Jackson City Schools In Responding to Complaint Regarding Middle School’s “Hall of Honor”

JACKSON, OH, January 11, 2013 – Today, Liberty Institute, on behalf of Jackson City School District, responded to demand letters from the Freedom From Religion Foundation and ACLU regarding the school’s longstanding “Hall of Honor” display that contains a portrait of Jesus. The FFRF requested that the school remove the portrait of Jesus, which has been a fixture at the school for more than 65 years without complaint.  Read copies of the response letters to the FFRF and ACLU.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

President Obama Calls Conscience Protections for Military Chaplains “Ill Advised”

IN THE MILITARY

Last week, President Obama signed the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act into law, but voiced opposition to several provisions, including a conscience protection for military chaplains.

According to CNS News, in his signing statement, President Obama wrote, “Section 533 is an unnecessary and ill-advised provision, as the military already appropriately protects the freedom of conscience of chaplains and service members.”

Liberty Institute Weighs in on Important Supreme Court Case

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

On January 7, Liberty Institute submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of distinguished Christian theologians and scholars, supporting a request for the High Court to hear a crucial religious freedom case.

Liberty filed the friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of Dr. Mark Bailey, Dr. Darrell Bock, Dr. Stephen Evans, Dr. Wayne Grudem, Dr. Wayne House, Dr. Peter Lillback, Dr. Albert Mohler, Jr., Fr. Ray Ryland, and Michael Thigpen. The theologians seek to overturn a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the case Galloway v. Town of Greece, which declared the town’s legislative prayers unconstitutional because they were not religiously diverse.

Freedom From Religion Foundation Protests School’s Portrait of Jesus

IN THE SCHOOL

An Ohio middle school is the recent recipient of the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s (FFRF) threatening demand letters.

Jackson Middle School received a letter from FFRF, warning the district that displaying a portrait of Jesus within the school is unconstitutional and asking for it to be removed.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Noted Theologians Unite to Oppose Government-Imposed Religious "Neutrality" in Prayer

IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

Liberty Institute Files Brief at the United States Supreme Court on Behalf of Christian Theologians and Scholars, including Dr. Mark Bailey, Dr. Darrell Bock, Dr. Stephen Evans, Dr. Wayne Grudem, Dr. Wayne House, Dr. Peter Lillback, Dr. Albert Mohler, Jr., Fr. Ray Ryland, and Michael Thigpen

PLANO, Texas, January 7, 2013 – Today, on behalf of several distinguished Christian theologians and scholars, Liberty Institute filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the United States Supreme Court supporting a request for the High Court to hear an important religious freedom case that could determine the future of prayers before legislative bodies throughout the U.S. The theologians seek to overturn the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s ruling in the case Galloway v. Town of Greece, which declared the town’s legislative prayers unconstitutional because they were not religiously diverse. A copy of the brief may be found here.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Liberty Institute Receives Very Special Christmas Card

IN THE MILITARY

This Christmas, Liberty Institute received an inspiring Christmas card that reminded us all of how important our work truly is.

Henry and Wanda Sandoz, longtime caretakers of the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial Cross, sent us this very special card.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Freedom From Religion Foundation Attacks Arkansas School District

IN THE SCHOOL

Last week, Liberty Institute rushed to the defense of Conway Public Schools in evaluating its policies concerning visitors to its campuses during lunchtime after the district received a threatening demand letter from the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) objecting to visits by youth ministers.

“The district respects the religious liberty of all students and citizens and will work diligently to follow the Constitution and take the appropriate steps necessary to investigate this issue further and follow the law,” said Conway Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Greg Murry.