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May 10, 2012, Giles County, VA: (Liberty Counsel) The ACLU of Virginia sued the Giles County School Board to force them to remove a privately-sponsored historical display that includes the Ten Commandments as one of 29 framed documents, all of which played a role in developing our system of law and government. The original display also contains the Magna Carta, the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence, and others - bringing the total number of framed documents to 29. The ACLU routinely supports socialist, communist and atheist agenda to remove God from American life in order to make this an immoral society.
Apr. 19, 2012, Phoenix, AZ: (the Blaze) Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed a new bill into law allowing public and charter schools to teach the Bible as part of the education curriculum. An education without the knowledge of the historic role that the Bible has played in Western Civilization leaves student in the dark on understanding American culture. The Old Testament offers a look at ancient history, poetry, art and literature. This law will likely be challenged by the ACLU and other socialist, communist and atheist groups.
Mar. 28, 2012, Chattanooga, TN: (Chattanooga Times Free Press) The “Religious Viewpoints Anti discrimination Act” passed on the House Education Committee on Tuesday on a voice vote after a motion to put it in summer study was tabled. Proponents claim that the law would assist in protecting schools when religious events and discussions are held on their premises. Additionally, it would purportedly protect students who take part in various faith activities. Opponents like the American Civil Liberties Union, though, say that the law is unneeded and that the First Amendment does more than enough to address students’ needs.
Mar. 6, 2912, Cranston, RI: (the Blaze) It’s official. The prayer mural that caused so much controversy among atheists and people of faith has been taken down from the auditorium at Cranston High School West in Cranston, Rhode Island. In January, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Lagueux sided with 16-year-old Jessica Ahlquist, an atheist, in agreeing that the banner should be removed.Causing local and national controversy, Ahlquist claimed that its presence was offensive to non-Christians and that it violated her civil rights. The banner had been in place for 49 years.
Mar. 1, 2012, Rochester, NY: (the Blaze) Eight grade student Jada Williams is in trouble with her school for doing a book report on Frederick Douglas, a black activist during the Civil War. In her essay on Douglas she drew parallels between uneducated slaves of Civil War times, and modern uneducated blacks of today. This was a criticism of the Rochester School system, which got her teachers up in arms. She is being punished for expressing herself. Where is the ACLU??? Read more on the Blaze.
Feb. 21, 2912, Tehran, Iran: (Godfather Politics) Youcef Nadarkhani (b. 1977) is an Iranian Christian pastor who has been sentenced to die in Tehran, Iran. According to Amnesty International, the Iranian government has offered leniency if he will recant his Christianity. If the Iranians are true to their world, Pastor Nadarkhani will be a modern-day martyr for his faith. It appears countries under Muslim Sharai Law, have no tolerance for other religions. (Read More at Iran Christian Pastor)
Feb. 18, 2012, Washington D.C.: (Vision to America) Six people peacefully protested the Obama administration’s mandate requiring employers to provide contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-producing drugs by kneeling in prayer in front of the White House, and they quickly were arrested and whisked away by U.S. Park police. “Occupy Wall Street protesters have been occupying federal property for months, but when we kneel in prayer, the police are called in and we are arrested,” said Father Wilde, one of the protesters. (see VA story) Freedom to Peacefully Assemble violated, and Freedom of Religion violated. Action by the U.S. Park Service was unconstitutional. Government violations of the First Amendment are becoming commonplace on a daily basis.
Feb. 14, 2012, Scottsdale, AZ: (ADF) Right now, the ACLU is targeting schools in 24 states . . . demanding the removal of Internet filters that protect children from vile, hard-core pornographic images. In the amoral world of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), school days are for reading, writing, and . . . Internet pornography! The ACLU has launched a nationwide initiative called “Don’t Filter Me.” They’re targeting schools all over the country. The initiative would be better named the “Public School Pornography Initiative”! It is interesting the ACLU doesn't want to limit Ponography to our childern, but they do want to Filter free speech and religion.
Feb. 14, 2012, Bloomfield, NM: (The Blaze) ACLU is sueing the city of Bloomfield, NM to have a display of the Ten Commandments removed from ciy owned properity. Read the full story, with video at the Blaze.
Feb. 10, 2012, Cairo, Egypt: (Fox News) Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Ginsberg (ACLU member) visiting the Egyptian capital, suggested that Egypt not look to the U.S. Constitution as a model document, but rather look at other constitutions such as South Africa. She also often looks to other Constitutions when making judgments, not considering the U.S. Constitution the Law of the Land.
Feb. 9, 2012, Newland, NC: (The Blaze) The 'Freedom from Religion Foundation' has written a letter to Brenda Pittman, demanding the city remove a plaque with the Ten Commandments written on it. Even though our laws in this country are based on the principals of the Ten Commandment, such as thou shall not kill, tell the truth, do not steal, do not commit adultery, etc. These are core American values the group want to erase. See complete story at the Blaze.
Feb. 6, 2012, Scottsboro, AL: (Blaze) A Christian man known as the 'Bible Man' has been meeting with school children telling them stories from the Bible over a 35 year period. Recently atheist group 'Freedom from Religion Foundation' has filed complains with Jackson Co. school board officials. See complete story at the Blaze and watch the News Video on this Case.
Feb. 6, 2012, Pentagon, VA: (Blaze) This past weekend, the U.S. Military ordered its Catholic Chaplains not to read the Letter from the Bishops to their congregations, which criticized Obama Health Care Law. Obama Care is requiring Catholic Health Care providers to issue birth control, and abortion inducing drugs, which is against the teaching of the Catholic Church. Forbidding Chaplains to read a letter from their Bishops' is a violation of the First Amendment.
Feb. 2, 2012, Washington DC: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) vowed today that she will join with the Obama administration in standing up against the Catholic Church in defending a new regulation that will require Catholics to purchase, and Catholic institutions to provide, health insurance plans that cover sterilizations and artificial contraceptives, including those that induce abortions. Nancy is Catholic?
Jan. 30, 2012, Washington DC: Obama Care will force Catholic Hospitals to preform abortions, after promising the church that they would be exempted. The Federal government will force Catholic nurses and doctors to preform abortions which is against the teachings of the Catholic church and Evangelical Christians. The government Religion of Fundamental Secularism is forcing its beliefs on the Christian community. This action by the government is once again a violation of Freedom of Religion; forcing people of faith to do that which they think is morally wrong. While many on the left chant Free Choice on Abortion, those same people do not what Freedom of Choice for Christians. This again is another violation of the First Amendment.
Jan. 22, 2012, Washington DC: Congress to pass the SOPA and PIPA, two bills which would allow the Government to shut down any Web Site they please without due process. In an effort to further erode the First Amendment Right of a Free Press, The President and Congress wish to have the power the censure any Web Site they please without due process. This of course is a direct violation of the Freedom of the Press of the First Amendment, making such laws Unconstitutional. Is the ACLU going to sit this one out, also?
Jan. 20, 2012, New York, NY: Mayor Bloomberg is kicking Churches out of the Public Schools on Sundays. New York City and many cities around the country allow new churches to use school property on Sunday mornings, until they can build their own buildings. This has been a wide spread practice for many years. If this banning of churches in schools succeeds in NY then it will likely spread across the country making it harder to start new churches. Watch Video. (Truth in Action.org)
Jan. 17, 2012, Washington DC: ACLU Coercing Public Officials Into Censoring Prayers
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to review an Alliance Defense Fund case regarding opening public meetings with prayer. This American tradition originated with our Founding Fathers, and has been observed by every U.S. Congress ever since.
But the ability of private citizens to offer prayers of their choosing before public meetings is in jeopardy. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) sued the Forsyth County Commission, demanding the North Carolina county discourage or prohibit volunteers "from including references to Jesus Christ" in their prayers, despite the fact that private citizens of all faiths are invited to volunteer. A lower court ordered the county to aggressively censor the prayers.
As a result, the ACLU and other radical groups are now planning to coerce public officials into censoring private prayers offered at public meetings, simply because individuals who hear them may be offended. "We are about to get very busy ... we are about to start contacting those (local government) attorneys. We are going to remind them that this is the law, and presume that they will follow the law," said Katherine Parker, an ACLU attorney.
(Posted by ADF)
Jan. 11, 2012, WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that certain employees of church-run schools and other religious organizations cannot sue for job bias. The unanimous decision stresses the need of religious groups to carry out their mission without government interference.
In one of the most important church-state cases in years, the justices recognized a "ministerial exception" to federal protections against job discrimination, a stance that had been adopted by several lower federal courts.
Wednesday's decision did not fully define who would be covered but suggested that any people connected to the religious mission of the institution, even with minimal related duties, would be covered.
"The interest of society in the enforcement of employment discrimination statutes is undoubtedly important," Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court. "But so too is the interest of religious groups in choosing who will preach their beliefs, teach their faith and carry out their mission."
The court sternly rejected the position of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which had argued against any ministerial exception and had backed a Michigan teacher who was diagnosed with narcolepsy but cleared to work. Cheryl Perich had sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act when she lost her job at a Lutheran school.
The Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church said Perich violated church tenets by bringing her grievance to the EEOC rather than using its processes to try to win reinstatement. Hosanna-Tabor argued that her lawsuit should be barred by the First Amendment protection for religion.
In agreeing, Roberts said that when a person who has ministerial duties sues her church for bias, courts must throw out the case. The "First Amendment has struck the balance for us," he said. "The church must be free to choose those who will guide it on its way."The case had drawn interest from dozens of religious organizations and civil rights groups. (USA Today)
July, 2011, San Juan Capistrano, CA. (The Blaze): The city of San Juan Capistrano has fined one couple $300 for hosting Christian Bible study groups in their own home for violating a municipal ordinance which prohibits “religious, fraternal or non-profit” organizations in residential neighborhoods without a permit. Would a family studying a Bible in their own home be considered a religious group? Would several friends reading a Bible be considered a Religious group? If the First Amendment allows freedom of religion, isn't this City Ordinance Unconstitutional?The First Amendment grants citizens the Freedom to peacefully assembly, the Freedom to worship and the Freedom to speak. All these freedoms are under attack from the City of San Juan Capistrano.
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