Appeals Court Unanimously Rules Prayers During Texas School Board’s Meetings Are Constitutional

Appeals Court Unanimously Rules Prayers During Texas School Board’s Meetings Are Constitutional

FORT WORTH, Texas — A federal appeals court has ruled unanimously that prayers presented at board meetings for a Texas school district are constitutional and do not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled 3-0 on Monday that the prayers offered by students during the meetings […]

Air National Guard Base to Retain Chaplain Invocations at Ceremonies Despite Atheist Complaint

Air National Guard Base to Retain Chaplain Invocations at Ceremonies Despite Atheist Complaint

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Officials with an Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire have decided to retain chaplain invocations at military ceremonies despite receiving a complaint from a prominent professing atheist organization. The Texas-based religious liberties organization First Liberty reported in a national press release on Monday that the Pease Air National Guard Base “will […]

City Leaders Push Back After Atheist Group Demands Removal of Cross From City Hall

City Leaders Push Back After Atheist Group Demands Removal of Cross From City Hall

LONGWOOD, Fla. – Elected officials of a Florida city say they have no intention of removing a cross memorial from their city hall after a prominent professing atheist organization took issue with the memorial, describing it as exclusionary and unconstitutional. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter on March 10 to the mayor […]

South Dakota Governor Signs Bill Protecting Rights of Faith-Based Adoption Agencies

South Dakota Governor Signs Bill Protecting Rights of Faith-Based Adoption Agencies

PIERRE, S.D. — The governor of South Dakota has signed a bill protecting the rights of faith-based adoption agencies to decline to place children with homosexuals. While the legislation does not specifically mention homosexuality, Gov. Dennis Daugaard said that he was concerned that “private child-placement agencies acting in the best interest of a child could be subject […]

Bush Judge Bans Mississippi From Enforcing Law That Would Have Closed State’s Last Abortion Facility

Bush Judge Bans Mississippi From Enforcing Law That Would Have Closed State’s Last Abortion Facility

JACKSON, Miss. — A federal judge in Mississippi has placed a permanent injunction against the enforcement of an admitting privileges law that would have closed the state’s last abortion facility. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan III, appointed to the bench by then-President George W. Bush, granted a request from the Center for Reproductive Rights […]

Alabama House Advances State Constitutional Amendment Declaring Right to Life for Unborn

Alabama House Advances State Constitutional Amendment Declaring Right to Life for Unborn

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama House of Representatives has advanced a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would declare the public policy of Alabama as supporting the right to life for for the unborn. House Bill 98 was introduced by Rep. Matt Fridy, R-Montevallo, who says that the amendment is needed in the event that the […]

Georgia House Considering Resolution Declaring Pornography a ‘Public Health Crisis’

Georgia House Considering Resolution Declaring Pornography a ‘Public Health Crisis’

ATLANTA, Ga. — Members of the Georgia House of Representatives are considering a resolution that would declare pornography as being a public health crisis. House Resolution 364 was co-sponsored by Reps. Bruce Broadrick, R-Dalton; Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta; Steve Tarvin, R-Chickamauga; Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville; and Dewayne Hill, R-Ringgold. WGCL-TV also reports that the bill was lobbied […]

Texas Senate Approves Bill Requiring Restroom Use to Correspond With Birth Certificate

Texas Senate Approves Bill Requiring Restroom Use to Correspond With Birth Certificate

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Senate approved a bill on Tuesday that would require those using restrooms and locker rooms in government buildings and public schools to use the facility that corresponds with the sex on their birth certificate. Following approximately five hours of debate, Senate Bill 6 passed 21-10 mostly along party lines, with Sen. Eddie […]

Religious Liberty Group Pushes Back Against Efforts to Stop Ceremonial Prayers at Air National Guard Base

Religious Liberty Group Pushes Back Against Efforts to Stop Ceremonial Prayers at Air National Guard Base

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — A Texas-based religious liberties legal group is pushing back against an atheist activist organization’s efforts to put an end to prayers and Bible readings that are presented by a chaplain during ceremonies at a Air National Guard base in New Hampshire. The First Liberty Institute sent a letter on Tuesday to Col. James […]