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Snyder v. Phelps — A Judicial Travesty?

Mar 14, 2011 6 Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

Last Saturday, after speaking for a Kansas Lutherans for Life Issues Conference in Topeka, my host drove me by the Westboro Baptist Church, the home base for Fred (I refuse to call him Reverend) Phelps and his band of deranged followers as they spew forth their hatred against practically everyone and everything. The building is quite ...

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Does the First Amendment Protect Governors?

Jan 21, 2011 3 Comments ›› John Eidsmoe

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="143" caption="GOV. ROBERT BENTLEY"][/caption] Dr. Robert Bentley, Alabama's newly-inaugurated Governor, has already become controversial. On Inauguration Day, Bentley spoke for an audience at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where Dr. Martin Luther King once served as pastor. He said he wanted to be Governor of all Alabamians and all who know Jesus ...

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Senator’s Staff Recommends Lifting Ban on Politics in Pulpits

Jan 7, 2011 No Comments ›› Ben DuPré

Over three years ago, Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa launched an investigation into the financial records of several well-known evangelists and ministries, demanding financial records and accountability practices.  Yesterday Grassley's office released his staff's research on the topic in this press release and at least one of the recommendations in the ...

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“Islamophobia” — A Double Standard?

Aug 27, 2010 1 Comment ›› John Eidsmoe

Investigative reporters today revealed that the U.S. State Department is using taxpayer funds in a thinly-disguised effort to promote evangelical Christianity in the Middle East. Two investigative reporters for a leading news network discovered through an anonymous tip that the State Department will spend an estimated $16,000 to send evangelist Franklin Graham on the tour ...

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Protected: Crossophobia; Not Protected: the Medal of Honor

Aug 19, 2010 1 Comment ›› John Eidsmoe

What sorts of messages do the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of expression protect? Based upon two U.S. Court of Appeals decisions released yesterday, the courts are saying that the First Amendment (1) prohibits the Utah Highway Patrol Association from commemorating a patrolman killed in the line of duty by erecting a cross by the highway ...

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Foundation Supports School Board Prayer

Jul 14, 2010 No Comments ›› Site Administrator

Press Release The Foundation for Moral Law (FML) in Montgomery, Alabama, founded by Judge Roy Moore, sent a letter yesterday to the Hoover City Board of Education in Hoover, Alabama, encouraging the Board to bring back invocations at its meetings, despite a threatening anti-prayer letter from a liberal secularist group in ...

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Defending the National Day of Prayer

Jul 8, 2010 No Comments ›› Site Administrator

Press Release Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and the Foundation for Moral Law, a religious liberties legal organization in Montgomery, Alabama, filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit today defending the federal statute creating the National Day of Prayer, 36 ...

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Foundation Asks US Supreme Court to Review Evangelist’s Arrest While Preaching in Salem, Mass.

Jul 1, 2010 No Comments ›› Site Administrator

Press Release Evangelist Michael Marcavage of Repent America, through his attorneys at the Foundation for Moral Law, a religious liberties legal organization led by Judge Roy Moore, filed a petition for certiorari review in the U.S. Supreme Court today, urging the Court to review his “disorderly conduct” conviction for peacefully preaching ...

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Defending Prayer in the Name of Jesus in North Carolina County

May 26, 2010 No Comments ›› Site Administrator

Press Release Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and the Foundation for Moral Law, a religious liberties legal organization in Montgomery, Alabama, filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit today defending prayers offered before meetings of the Forsyth ...

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Foundation Defends Kentucky’s Reliance on “Almighty God” in Statute

May 11, 2010 No Comments ›› Site Administrator

Alabama Judge Roy Moore and the Foundation for Moral Law, together with Col. Ron Ray and First Principles Press, filed an amicus curiae brief in the Kentucky Court of Appeals on behalf of 35 Kentucky Senators defending a Homeland Security Act that declared that “[t]he safety and security of the Commonwealth cannot be achieved apart ...

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