Does First Amendment prohibit public officials from free exercise of their religious freedom?

The Freedom from Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop an evangelical Christian prayer event next month because Texas governor Rick Perry proposed and is endorsing the event. The plaintiffs seek a declaration that for the governor to initiate, organize, promote and participate as governor in a prayer rally… violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. A portion of the First Amendment states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,...

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Illinois continues to harass Catholic Charities’ religious beliefs for foster care and adoptions

In a March letter, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office stated that it had “received notice that Catholic Charities…discriminates against Illinois citizens based on race, marital status and sexual orientation” in providing foster care and adoption services and demanded that Catholic Charities turn over a wide range of documents in response. From whom did Madigan’s office receive notice, the ACLU? Leaders of three Catholic dioceses, Springfield, Peoria and Joliet have had enough and have filed a lawsuit...

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Black parents protest NAACP and teachers union from blocking educational choice in Harlem

Talk about parental involvement – thousands of black parents demonstrated against the NAACP for joining a lawsuit with the teacher’s union, who are against closing 22 underperforming schools in the Harlem area. The union succesfully blocked 19 schools from closing last year. Excerpt: It’s the second year in a row that the New York state chapter of the NAACP has joined with the United Federation of Teachers, the teachers union, to sue the city for closing poorly performing schools. But this year, the lawsuit also involves...

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New facts weakens Fed’s case against Arizona, community college and sheriff

The Obama administration is very selective who they sue, and who they don’t sue.  You disagree with these guys, you better watch your back.  They use every means at their disposal, including Eric Holder’s Justice Department to come after you or let you off the hook.  First, Obama meets with Arizona governor Jan Brewer to discuss the new Arizona immigration law and a short time later Justice files a lawsuit against Arizona. Eric Holder’s Justice Department has also filed a lawsuit against the Maricopa Community College in...

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Religious freedom again denied at public university

In another case pitting religious freedom against public university ethics for social counseling, Eastern Michigan University has expelled and the district court has upheld the university in doing so, because a student refused to directly counsel a gay patient because of her religious beliefs concerning homosexual behaviour, but referred, at her supervisor’s suggestion, the patient to another counselor. She was expelled when she refused to affirm the patient’s behaviour. Excerpt: Attorneys will appeal a federal court decision...

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