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The Battle to Save the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross Continues at U.S. Supreme Court

Last week, the Obama administration filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, agreeing that the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial cross is, in fact, constitutional and should remain standing. It would seem as if the federal government was on our side…well, at least in part.
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Thursday, April 24, 2014 11:28:00 AM

Hot Seat: Is the Air Force Feeling It?
IN THE MILITARY

After numerous incidents of religious hostility made headlines—and months of pressure from Liberty Institute and others—the U.S. Air Force is finally feeling the heat. But will they address constitutional violations of their Airmen’s rights?

Earlier this month, the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee grilled Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James about the Air Force’s commitment to religious freedom. During questioning, Secretary James publicly conceded that existing Air Force regulations have caused inconsistency and uncertainty for both Air Force leaders and subordinates.  In response, Secretary James said that Air Force officials, as well as all chaplains from its major commands, will meet to discuss the issue and try to find a way to clarify currently policy, and to determine whether the Air Force is “doing the right thing or not.”
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Thursday, April 24, 2014 9:34:00 AM

Cy Fair ISD Bans Bible: Second Grader Prohibited From Reading the Bible During "Read to Myself" Time
IN THE SCHOOL

Liberty Institute Attorneys Explain to Cypress ISD School Officials That Violating A Student’s Religious Freedom Is Illegal and Unconstitutional

CYPRESS, TX, April 22, 2014—Today, Liberty Institute sends a letter to Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District (Cy Fair ISD) officials in response to a complaint from the family of a Hamilton Elementary School second grader, whom a teacher allegedly prohibited from reading the Bible during “read to myself” time. The student and parents, who requested to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation or reprisal, say the teacher told the student not to bring the Bible back to school again because it is inappropriate reading material.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:41:00 AM

Abortion Pills…from Christian Colleges
IN THE SCHOOL

Christian colleges turn to Liberty Institute as Feds press them to fund abortion

Should religious colleges—where tomorrow’s leaders of churches and ministries are being trained—be forced to violate their faith?  That’s what ObamaCare could do.  The law orders them to provide insurance that pays for contraceptives, including abortion pills.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:44:00 PM

Kicked Out for Passover? “No Way!” Says Liberty Institute
IN THE CHURCH

Last week, Liberty Institute successfully protected a Jewish synagogue, Congregation Toras Chaim, from an aggressive homeowners association, which tried to prevent the congregation from freely worshiping during Passover.

Collin County District Court Judge Jill Willis denied the HOA’s request for an injunction that would have disrupted community religious practice for 30 Orthodox Jewish families in North Dallas right before Passover.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:40:00 PM

“Save Soledad!” Becoming a National Outcry
IN THE MILITARY

It’s becoming a national echo!  Friend-of-the-court briefs have poured into the U.S. Supreme Court supporting Liberty Institute’s Supreme Court petition on behalf of the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Association.  We are asking the Court to immediately rule on the ACLU’s attempt to tear down the cross and ruin the memorial.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:36:00 PM

Congress Urges Air Force to Support Religious Freedom
IN THE MILITARY

Bipartisan Letter Asks Secretary Of The Air Force To Revise Religious Freedom Regulations

WASHINGTON, DC, April 15, 2014—Today, bipartisan members of the House of Representatives submitted a letter to U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, urging a revision to Air Force regulations to allow greater religious freedom in the Air Force.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:03:00 PM

Lunch Lady Lineup: 5-Year-Old Identifies School Prayer Monitor
IN THE SCHOOL

Earlier this week, Liberty Institute client Gabriella Perez positively identified the school district employee who told her praying over her meal was “wrong.”

Monday, Liberty Institute Senior Counsel Jeremy Dys and the Perez family met with school officials from Carillon Elementary School in Seminole County, Florida where just a few weeks earlier, 5-year-old Gabriella Perez was told it was “wrong” to bow her head in prayer before she ate lunch.  School officials initially denied the incident took place.
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Friday, April 11, 2014 11:07:00 AM

Supreme Court Denial of Photographer’s Case “Not the End”
IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear arguments in the Elane Photography case, a case involving a business owner’s right to deny services based on sincerely held religious beliefs.  (Elane Photography was not a Liberty Institute client.)

In 2006, the owners of Elane Photography, Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin, declined a request to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony because they felt they could not, in good conscience, take part in a ceremony that went against their Biblical beliefs.
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Friday, April 11, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Testimony from Our Client Helps Pass Religious Rights Law!
IN THE PUBLIC ARENA

Testimony from a Liberty Institute client helped pass the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed into law late last week. Pastor Telsa DeBerry became a nationally recognized force for the legislation after a court battle against religious discrimination.

“As I learned first hand, government entities can and do discriminate today,” said Pastor DeBerry, “and churches, ministries, individuals, and the communities that they serve will all benefit from ending religious discrimination.”
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Thursday, April 10, 2014 1:08:00 PM

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