ADF: USPS will allow Christian to deliver tracts outside post office

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund touted its efforts in convincing United States Postal Service to allow a Christian man to hand out tracts outside of a Michigan post office.

A postal worker originally told the man that he would be arrested if he did not desist distributing the religious material, as the activity violated existing USPS policy. But after hearing of the situation, ADF attorneys sent a letter to the USPS explaining appropriate constitutional precedent. The USPS responded by saying that it would no longer enforce such a policy.

ADF: New Hampshire House rejects anti-gay marriage bills

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund reports, among other things, that the New Hampshire House of Representatives has defeated two measures aimed at striking down recently-passed gay marriage legislation.

The post links to an article by Boston.com, the online home of the Boston Tribune.

ADF: Va. legislature strips Planned Parenthood funding from license plate bill

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund reports that the Virginia state legislature has stripped Planned Parenthood from funding it was due to receive from its own license plate bill.

The license plates, with the slogan “Trust Women, Respect Choice,” would cost $25, with Planned Parenthood receiving $15 of that fee.

But in a move sure to delight pro-life organizations, the legislature passed an amendment which will send all money from the license plate sales to the Virginia Pregnant Women Support Fund, a local pro-life organization.

ADF: Fla. library bans meeting rooms for ‘religious use’

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund announced that it has filed a lawsuit against the New Smyrna Beach Public Library on behalf of a man who was refused access to a public meeting room for a “Religion in America” seminar.

ADF: Richmond, VA Christians threatened with arrest for “sharing Gospel”

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund reports that a lawsuit has been filed against the city of Richmond on behalf of five Chritsian men. The suit alleges that police officers threatened the men with arrest after they had been preaching and handing out tracts on public property in Richmond.

ADF: Health care bill and Kentucky abortion bill

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund posted these two stories recently:

– Senate Democrats appear to be shying away from the idea of using the procedural method of reconciliation as a means to pass a health care reform bill.

– A bill pending in the Kentucky state senate would require doctors to, among other things, show women seeking an abortion an ultrasound should they request to view one. The bill would also require women to meet with their doctor 24 hours prior to having an abortion.

ADF: Major SCOTUS ruling praised

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund issued a press release praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizen’s United v. FEC, which will allow corporations to engage in political speech and advertising. The ADF cited the ruling as a victory for the First Amendment and for the “common folk.”

“Gone is the notion,” the ADF stated, “that just because citizens incorporate they lose First Amendment rights.

“Today’s decision is a step toward returning to the day when any citizen can stand and speak her mind—without a second thought about complying with some maze of opaque regulations—because she is an American.”