2012

Blog Posts in 2012

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Zero Transparency

The right to hold government accountable and to obtain unclassified information to keep it in check is fundamental to a healthy democracy. If Watergate taught us anything, it was that elected ...
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New Law: Diverstiy In, Assimilation Out

A new law set to take effect the first day of the new year -- the Workplace Religious Freedom Act -- makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee on the basis of religious ...
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Doonesbury on Nativity Scene Controversy

Gary Trudeau decided to use his Doonesbury comic strip to mock Christians over the Christmas holiday by summarizing the leftist and atheist position against the display of Nativity scenes on public ...
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Christian Persecution

A 32-year-old Iranian who is a U.S. citizen and a Christian convert has been imprisoned without notice of any formal charges while visiting his family in Iran, according to his wife and attorneys in ...
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Merry CHRISTmas in Clover Park, Santa Monica

On Sunday, December 9, 2012, the Santa Monica Nativity Scene Committee launched its 60th year of displaying its scenes in Santa Monica. Unfortunately, they are being displayed on private property for ...
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Free Speech vs. Sound of Silence

A senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a columnist for The Washington Times quotes me today in his opinion piece appearing in that newspaper. You can read it here.
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Newhall Seniors Allowed to Put up Christmas Tree

Two days ago, the Drudge Report headline linked to a Los Angeles Daily News story relating that the property management company for a senior living home in Newhall, California, north of Los Angeles, ...
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LA Times Turns Down Op-Ed: Too Hard To Follow!

One day after publishing my views on the Santa Monica Nativity scene controversy in The Washington Times, the Los Angeles Times again rejected a separate op-ed piece I had offered it for publication. ...
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My Washington Times Op-Ed Piece on the Nativity Case

My op-ed piece appears in today's print edition of the Washington Times newspaper: In Santa Monica, Calif., city leaders earlier this year pulled the plug on a 59-year-old community celebration of ...
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In the News: The Nativity Case

The LA Times did yet another story today on the Nativity decision, reporting that my client found an alternative location on private property. Here an excerpt: William J. Becker Jr., an attorney for ...
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Nativity Case: A Good Summary of the Issue

Matt Brown of the Deseret News wrote an excellent piece on the Nativity loss yesterday: After more than a half century, Santa Monica Nativity display at Palisades Park is no more. Click here to read ...
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Judge Orders Nativity Case DISMISSED!

As we predicted, United States District Court Judge Audrey B. Collins has dismissed the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes case. Her order arrived moments ago. Additionally, Judge Collins has vacated the ...
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AFLC Scores a Michigan Nativity Scene Victory

My friend and colleague Rob Muise of the American Freedom Law Center posted news of his victory in a Nativity scene case out of Michigan. See Sixty-Year Christmas Tradition Restored: Nativity Scene to ...
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Nativity Scenes: Case Dismissed?

On Monday (December 3, 2012), we will be back in U.S. District Court opposing the City of Santa Monica's Motion to Dismiss the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes lawsuit. A copy of our opposition to the ...
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The American Thinker: From People's Park to Palisades Park

The American Thinker features my lamentation on the end of conservatism, from People's Park to Palisades Park, in the wake of the court's decison rejecting the right of the Santa Monica ...
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In the News:The City that Hates Free Speech and Religious Freedom

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins denied the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee's Motion for a Preliminary Injunction. It means that for the first time in 60 years, the Nativity ...
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Commentary: Forward ... with God's Help

My colleague Rob Muise posted this today: “These Are the Times that Try Men’s Souls” Dear Fellow American, Yesterday was a disappointment to all freedom-loving Americans as our ...
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In the News: The Coppedge Decision

The press loves to beat up on intelligent design, so it is no surprise that Judge Hiroshige's tentative decision in David Coppedge's case favoring Jet Propulsion Laboratory is receving wide ...
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Even Fox News Gets It Wrong Sometimes

Fox News and other media outlets are reporting today that the judge in our case, David Coppedge vs. Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has issued a tentative decision finding for JPL. We will not comment on ...
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The Movie Industry's Sexual Obsession

Recently, I downloaded a film called "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," hoping to relax over a story of British elderly visiting India. What I got instead was a lecture on tolerance for ...
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Is The Mojave Desert Cross Forcing You To Go To Church?

At least one LA Times reader gets it: A federal judge ruled that a cross' presence on federal land conveyed an endorsement of religion. Left unsaid is just how such a feeling by some is equivalent ...
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Cheering for Jesus

This from the Los Angeles Times Op-Ed pages 10-23-2012: Liberals should accept the display of biblical banners at a Texas high school; it jibes with their love of free speech. But conservatives need ...
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The Desert Cross Case's Hidden Meaning

In a feature article on the front page left column of today's Los Angeles Times (10-22-2012), writer Thomas Curwen documents the history of a federal lawsuit that led to the removal of a veterans ...
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The Jefferson (& Barton) Lies

While writing my last commentary touching on the atheist's absolutist interpretation of Thomas Jefferson's metaphor explaining the legislative intent behind the meaning of the First ...
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The Wall (and the Atheists) of Palisades Park

"All in all it's just another brick in the wall." – Pink Floyd * * * The topic refers, of course, to the "wall of separation between church and state" – not to the ...
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