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Policing prayer in Fredericksburg, Virginia

Jul 30, 2008 4 Comments ›› Greg Jones

Last week the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed a district court decision in Turner v. City Council of the City of Fredericksburg, Virginiathat the Constitution does not prevent a city council from instituting a rule requiring all public prayers from council members to be "non-sectarian."  The lawsuit stems from the actions of Fredericksburg, Virginia ...

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A tangled First Amendment web

Jun 25, 2008 No Comments ›› Ben DuPré

On Monday, June 23, the Foundation for Moral Law filed an amicus curiae brief, along with the National Clergy Council and Faith and Action, in a religious monument case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Pleasant Grove City, Utah v. Summum.  The Court is considering whether the "freedom of speech" clause in the First Amendment requires Pleasant Grove City, ...

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A case that is more than the Summum of its parts

Apr 11, 2008 No Comments ›› Greg Jones

Occasionally a case comes along that starkly illustrates why Judge Moore started the Foundation for Moral Law when so many other Christian religious liberties organizations already existed.  We do not begrudge these organizations and are happy when their work results in the vindication of public expressions of faith.  However, the fact remains that these organizations ...

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Prosecuting preachers

Mar 19, 2008 3 Comments ›› Ben DuPré

Judge Moore's column this week, When preaching becomes a crime, begins with an account of religious persecution that deeply affected one of our founding fathers: In 1774, a young James Madison, while traveling through Culpeper County in Virginia – well before he became our fourth president – passed by a jail where a number of Baptist ...

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On the air with Janet Folger and Faith 2 Action

Mar 12, 2008 No Comments ›› Ben DuPré

Yesterday, Janet Folger of Faith 2 Action was kind enough to invite Michael Marcavage and me on her radio program to discuss Monday's case in Salem, Mass.  Listen here.

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Preaching deemed “disorderly conduct” in Salem, Mass.; appeal to follow

Mar 12, 2008 No Comments ›› Ben DuPré

Benjamin Franklin is believed to have authored this gem: "Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety." Yesterday in Salem, Mass., evangelist Michael Marcavage's liberty was sacrificed to the specter of alleged safety: he was found guilty of disorderly conduct.  See news reports here and here. The Foundation ...

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Evangelist Marcavage’s trial on March 10 in Salem, Mass.

Mar 7, 2008 1 Comment ›› Ben DuPré

From burning alleged witches to jailing preaching Christians, Salem, Mass. continues to make a name for itself. As this article on WorldNetDaily explains, I'll be defending Michael Marcavage against the charge of "disorderly conduct" for preaching on a public sidewalk Halloween night in the self-proclaimed "Witch City." If you have not already seen the ...

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Marcavage case: one charge dismissed, but trial on March 10

Jan 31, 2008 No Comments ›› Ben DuPré

The Foundation for Moral Law, working with local counsel in Salem, Mass., was able to secure the dismissal of the noise ordinance charge against Michael Marcavage for preaching to Halloween revelers last year.  This dismissal is hardly a surprise since the city code allows the use of megaphones until 10:00 p.m., and Mr. Marcavage was ...

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Foundation to defend evangelist in public preaching arrest

Jan 17, 2008 No Comments ›› Ben DuPré

The Foundation for Moral Law announced yesterday that it has agreed to defend evangelist Michael Marcavage of the evangelistic organization Repent America against the misdemeanor charges filed against him for preaching in a Salem, Mass. public square on Halloween night, Oct. 31, 2007. Even though Salem's laws allow the use of speech amplification until 10:00 p.m., Salem ...

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Study shows “We the People” still favor religious freedom in the public square

Jan 16, 2008 1 Comment ›› Ben DuPré

The ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State still have their work cut out for them---although it appears few Americans want them to keep at it.  While those secularist groups have been fairly successful at driving religion from our schools and many public places, the large majority of Americans still believe that prayers should be in schools ...

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