Friday, April 28, 2017
Thursday, April 27, 2017
That meeting was subsequently cancelled because of the lack of proper notice. Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of TMLC, observed, “Based on the timing of the meeting late in the day on Friday, the meeting agenda, and discovery that resolutions approving the settlements of both the DOJ and the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (Islamic Society) lawsuits had already been filed with the Township clerk, it is probable that a decision had already been secretly made and that the scheduled meeting was a mere formality.”
TMLC represents several Bernards Township residents who were served with intrusive and harassing subpoenas by Islamic Society attorneys. Their only involvement was to make public comments at a public Township hearing. They were non-parties to the lawsuit, had never had an official role in the Township and had no authority to deny the Islamic Society’s permit request. Nonetheless, the subpoenas demanded the production of emails, voice mails, text messages, and social media posts concerning Muslims, Islam, or anything to do with Muslim worship. The subpoenas clearly infringed upon their First Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of association. The only purpose of the subpoenas was to punish residents who dared to oppose the Islamic Society’s request.
Thompson continued: “The Township Committee knows that its motivations for disapproving the proposed zoning changes were completely proper and were not animated by hatred for any person or group. Unfortunately, the tactics of intimidation waged by the Islamic Society and the deep-state Department of Justice attorneys, appointed by former Attorney General Eric Holder to carry-out his left-wing agenda, may have taken their toll.
“We filed this open records request to obtain the settlement agreements that we believe have already been tacitly agreed upon by the parties. In doing so, we hope to shine a light on the dark tactics employed by the Islamic Society, its attorneys, and deep-state attorneys within the Department of Justice.”
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
Parents Television Council
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Responding to the decision, Erin Mersino, the Thomas More Law Center attorney handling
The plaintiff still has a right to seek review by the U.S. Supreme Court, but hopefully this decision ends the matter.
You can read the 8th US. Circuit Court opinion here.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
AB 569 by Assembly member Gonzales-Fletcher (D-San Diego) claims that reproductive choices—such as abortion—should be no concern of religious employers. The sweeping legislation would therefore require employers—with no listed exceptions—to drop all expectations that employees respect the sanctity of life in their own lives. Thus, a Christian school that teaches life begins at conception or a pro-life advocacy organization would be expected under the new rules to ignore employee conduct that contradicts those stated beliefs.
The Pacific Justice Institute – Center for Public Policy (PJI-CPP) is sending a detailed opposition letter to legislators today. The next key hearing for AB 569 is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, in the Assembly Judiciary Committee. PJI has also prepared an analysis of the bill in question-and-answer format and contact information for all committee members who are expected to consider and vote on the bill. PJI-CPP strongly encourages citizens, church leaders, schools, and pro-life advocates to begin making phone calls to legislative offices in advance of next week’s hearing.
Brad Dacus, the president of PJI-CPP and frequent FOT guest, commented, “This latest attempt by our Legislature to strangle voices of conscience is unjust and unconstitutional. There is no true religious freedom without the freedom to put faith into practice, both as an individual and as a religious community.”
Several months ago, Anastasia developed a large blood clot while in INOVA Hospital in Virginia. The hospital refused to treat her and ordered that Anastasia be discharged. When Yolanda refused to move her sister out of INOVA, the hospital took her took court and had their own guardians appointed to handle Anastasia’s care. The guardians sent Anastasia to a nursing home, where she suffered four injuries in two weeks, including a broken hip.
The guardians have refused to authorize treatment for Anastasia's injuries. Instead, they placed her in hospice care at a Golden Living nursing facility. The guardians obtained a court order prohibiting Yolanda from seeing her sister.
Yolanda has just learned that the facility is trying to starve Anastasia to death.
Here are two videos of Anastasia—one taken before she was admitted to the hospital and one taken at the nursing facility last Saturday showing Anastasia’s shocking decline:
"I miss my sister terribly,” said Yolanda Bell. “I can only imagine what she is going through, she must think I have abandoned her. I have trouble sleeping. I close my eyes and see her being beaten and abused. I hear her crying out in pain begging me to help her."
The family is Catholic and Anastasia has communicated that she wants to live. Yesterday, Yolanda tried to arrange for a priest to visit Anastasia, but the guardians denied the visit.
“Tragically, we are seeing an exponential increase in cases where patients are intentionally starved to death because someone has arbitrarily determined that their lives no longer have value,” stated Alexandra Snyder, Executive Director of the Life Legal Defense Foundation, and last week's guest on FOT. “Anastasia is targeted for death simply because she is disabled. But she can speak, feel pain, and fully understand what is happening to her. She is being tortured to death by health professionals who have it in their capacity to provide care and treatment.”
Islamic Society with questionable background joins forces with Justice Department to intimidate citizens opposing mosque
Monday, April 17, 2017
Next FOT: Bill that would protect Christian adoption and foster care agencies from liberal 'anti-discrimination' laws
|Hillary Byrnes, Assistant General|
Counsel for USCCB
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
Executive director, Life Legal
In one case the woman who had been placed in hospice care started moving her arms and legs and attempted to get out of bed. Instead of providing medical care, the hospice facility gave her morphine. A close friend of the woman called Life Legal Defense Foundation who began legal proceedings to assist her.
Joining Deacon Mike Manno and Gina Noll to discuss these cases will be Alexandra Snyder, executive director of Life Legal. FOT airs every Tuesday at 9 a.m. on Iowa Catholic Radio, 1150 AM, 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on IowaCatholicRadio.com and on our live app that you can download from the app store. On our website you can also access podcasts of previous programs. The program will re-air at 9 p.m.
And remember: Beginning with the Car-a-thon
the week of April 24, all Iowa Catholic Radio morning programs beginning at 9
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vastly improved web camera will be up and working when we move into our new, permanent
downtown studio in (hopefully) June.
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Friday, April 7, 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
“The First Amendment requires America’s public colleges and universities to recognize the constitutionally protected freedoms of all students,” said ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox, director of the ADF Center for Academic Freedom. “We commend the university for agreeing to correct its policies so that students no longer have to give up free speech in order to graduate.”
ADF attorneys filed suit against Iowa State officials in October of last year and asked for a court order to strike down the unconstitutional policies and halt their enforcement. University officials had confirmed that if student Robert Dunn, who leads Iowa State’s Young Americans for Freedom student group, or any other student declined to certify that he would comply with the university’s policies, his graduation could be placed on “hold.”
The policies, which concerned student behavior and expression, specified that they “may cover those activities which, although not severe, persistent, or pervasive enough to meet the legal definition of harassment, are unacceptable…” and explained that even “First Amendment protected speech activities” may constitute harassment “depending on the circumstances,” including whether other students believe the speech is not “legitimate,” not “necessary,” or lacks a “constructive purpose.” Violation of the policies could result in expulsion.
“Today’s college students will be tomorrow’s legislators, judges, commissioners, and voters,” Mattox explained. “That’s why it’s so important that public universities model the First Amendment values they are supposed to be teaching to students, and why it should disturb everyone when any university or college communicates to a generation that the Constitution doesn’t matter.”
The settlement agreement reached with university officials in Dunn v. Leath was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, Central Division. Timm W. Reid of Des Moines is local counsel for Dunn and one of nearly 3,200 attorneys allied with ADF.
Monday, April 3, 2017
Planned Parenthood supporter, now state attorney general, files 15 felonies against undercover reporter who exposed PP’s baby-parts sales business; next FOT the defense has the floor
Thomas More Society
Center for Medical Progress