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  • U.S. civil rights groups to fan out on Nov. 8 to fight voter intimidation

    10/19/2016 12:09:11 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-18-2016 | Andy Sullivan
    Donald Trump supporters who plan to stake out polling sites on Election Day may find their own activities tracked closely by thousands of civil-rights activists who are mounting a nationwide effort to prevent problems at the polls. The Republican presidential candidate, who has repeatedly said that the election is rigged, has urged his backers to monitor voting sites for evidence of fraud, raising concerns that overzealous supporters could intimidate voters in the Nov. 8 election. They will not be the only ones out in force on Election Day. Civil rights groups say they plan to deploy thousands of volunteers on...
  • Liberals Call For Decriminalization of All Illicit Drugs for Personal Use, Including ‘Non-Citizens’

    10/12/2016 11:06:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 12, 2016 | 8:08 PM EDT | Penny Starr
    Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union released a report on Wednesday in support of the effort to stop drug arrests and convictions for the personal use of all drugs, citing the harm it does to people, including non-citizens, who might face deportation. “The consequences of a conviction can mean that individuals and sometimes whole families are excluded from public benefits such as food stamps, housing, wages and job opportunities and even the voting booth next month,” Tess Borden, Aryeh Neier Fellow at both liberal organizations and author of the report, said at a press conference at the...
  • ACLU steps in to defend California student who wore Bill Clinton RAPE shirt to school

    10/11/2016 3:43:09 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 13 replies
    Tech News Coverage ^ | October 11, 2016 | Sarah Burris
    The Constitutional right to free speech is defended and upheld whether you like the message or not. Such is the reason the ACLU stepped in to defend a student at Central Coast High School in Orcutt, California, which is just outside Vandenberg Air Force Base. The shirt featured a graphic of former P...The shirt featured a graphic of former President Bill Clinton done in the style of the Shepard Fairey Obama Hope poster from the 2008 election. But instead of “hope” below the graphic, it said “rape.” In an interview with KCOY, 11th grader Brett Abel said that he has...
  • Boone County Jail adopts halal meal plan after RFRA lawsuit (IN)

    10/06/2016 8:18:21 AM PDT · by PROCON · 10 replies | Oct. 5, 2016 | Madeline Buckley
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  • ACLU Files Civil Lawsuit for Connecticut Open Carrier (video)

    10/02/2016 5:06:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 23 September, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Link to video The First and Second Amendments protect and reinforce each other. On September 11th, 2015, the protestor in this case, Michael Picard, was legally open carrying a handgun and had a camera running.  The police took the camera, his pistol and pistol permit.  They did not realize the camera was still recording. Charges against Picard were eventually dropped, after he refused a plea bargain.  On September 15th, 2016 the ACLU-CT has filed a civil rights law suit against the three individual police officers.  From HARTFORD — In a complaint filed today in the U.S. District Court...
  • Civil liberties organization representing bombing suspect [NY/NJ]

    09/26/2016 9:05:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 26, 2016 6:59 PM EDT | Josh Cornfield
    The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday began representing a man accused of setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey and injuring more than 30 people. After judges in both states denied attempts by public defenders to represent Ahmed Khan Rahami, a lawyer for the organization’s New Jersey chapter entered a notice of appearance in his case in federal court in Newark on Monday. Rahami has been hospitalized since he was caught following a shootout with police in Linden last week. He has not made an initial court appearance. …
  • Where’s the playground, Susie?

    09/22/2016 7:16:39 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | September 22, 2016 | Malcolm A. Kline
    A playground in Missouri is becoming a political minefield. "Only one religious freedom case is currently before the Supreme Court this upcoming term: Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley," the Alliance for Defending Freedom (ADF) notes. "Trinity Lutheran is a case about a religious preschool that was rejected from a state program that provides reimbursement grants to purchase rubberized surface material (tire scraps) for children’s playgrounds." "The preschool was ultimately denied the grant for its playground solely because the playground belongs to a religious organization." The ADF is a national network of lawyers who undertake religious liberty cases. The...
  • NorCal Hmong, ACLU Take on Sheriff Over Voter Suppression

    09/17/2016 11:24:05 AM PDT · by AuntB · 25 replies
    Court House News ^ | Sept. 15, 2016 | Court House News
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) — Nestled under the dominating silhouette of Mt. Shasta in northernmost California is a bustling community of Vietnam War refugees and Hmong-Americans seeking solitude in normally tranquil Siskiyou County. Hundreds of newly settled Hmong residents sought calm in the mountainous terrain, but many say they have collided with a sheriff hell-bent on restricting their voting and property rights. Alleging systematic voter suppression in the June primary and subsequent racial profiling by Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey, 10 Hmong property owners sued the sheriff and Siskiyou County on Monday in Federal Court. "I remember the panic and the...
  • ACLU to Newark: Stop arresting city's prostitutes

    09/12/2016 7:09:04 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 39 replies
    NJ Advance Media for ^ | September 12, 2016
    The New Jersey ACLU is slamming the city's police department for a sting operation that netted 13 prostitution-related arrests this weekend, arguing that the department is wasting its time targeting "consenting" adults. The arrests, according to a lengthy statement from ACLU-NJ Executive Director Udi Ofer, "raise concerns yet again about Newark's embrace of failed and destructive 'Broken Windows' policing strategies." "Using our criminal justice system to harass, arrest and incarcerate consenting adults who agree to exchange sex for money is a poor use of the NPD's limited resources," he said.
  • Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a Double Standard of Justice

    08/31/2016 4:59:51 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | John Perazzo
    Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a Double Standard of Justice The ACLU’s and DOJ’s war on a brave patriot. August 31, 2016 John Perazzo    Joe Arpaio has been the sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, which includes the city of Phoenix and is near the Mexican border, for 23 years. He is up for re-election this year and has just emerged victorious in a challenging primary against three rivals. In the general election for sheriff, however, polling data indicate that he would be trailing Democrat opponent Paul Penzone by several percentage points. Arpaio's foundering poll numbers are due, in large measure, to...
  • Amber Heard gives Johnny Depp's $7m divorce settlement to two charities

    08/19/2016 11:36:43 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 42 replies
    BBC ^ | August 19,16
    Amber Heard gives Johnny Depp's $7m divorce settlement to two charities Amber Heard is to donate her $7m (Ł5.3m) divorce settlement from Johnny Depp to two charities that work with abused women and ill children. Heard will give half to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to prevent violence against women, and half to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. The actress said she hoped to "help those less able to defend themselves". She earlier accused Depp of striking her and throwing a mobile phone during a fight. He denied the allegations.
  • Refugees sue Pa. district, charge school not good enough

    08/18/2016 6:33:43 PM PDT · by The Good Doctor · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/18/16 | Fox
    A group of refugees is suing a Central Pennsylvania school district, saying the academy they were put in after their arduous journey to America is not up to snuff. Represented by the Pennsylvania branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, the six refugees sued Lancaster schools in federal court, saying they were dumped in a disciplinary school and are being denied access to a quality education. The students range in age from 17 to 21, and hail from Somalia, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burma. “[The] Plaintiffs are refugees who have fled war, violence, and persecution from their native...
  • Gun sales bill awaits decision (Liberals against harsh sentences for trafficking)

    08/07/2016 1:33:44 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 17 replies
    SPRINGFIELD — Hoping to stem the flow of illegal guns into Illinois, lawmakers have sent Gov. Bruce Rauner a bill that would punish traffickers with up to 30 years in prison. The proposal comes as Chicago is seeing another violent year, with shootings contributing to 381 homicides as of July 31. The city has a strict gun policy that requires permits to screen for criminal records and other disqualifiers, and investigators say most of the firearms recovered at crime scenes in recent years were bought in other states where it's easier to buy guns, including neighboring Indiana.
  • They Take Your Assets, Then Let You Get Them Back

    08/07/2016 7:32:35 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 4 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 7 Aug, 2016 | Debra Saunders
    Republican political consultant Mike Madrid isn't used to getting calls from the ACLU, and yet he has found himself working with the civil liberties group because some practices are so egregious that Republicans and Democrats should have no trouble finding common cause. The issue is civil asset forfeiture -- also known as "policing for profit." The federal government can seize your property, and the only way you can get it back is to prove you are not guilty of a crime. California law prohibits local authorities from permanently seizing most property without a conviction, but there's a loophole in the...
  • Use It or Lose It: Ohio Battles Over Cleansing Voter Registration List

    08/07/2016 6:00:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 2, 2016 | Rod Kackley
    Winning the White House has been mission impossible for Republican presidential candidates who can’t win Ohio. No GOP ticket has ever made it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue without planting a victory flag in the Buckeye State. But it is also a critical state for Democrats. None of their presidential candidates have gone to the White House without claiming victory in Ohio since 1960. […] U.S. District Judge George C. Smith rejected a lawsuit June 29 that attempted to block the Ohio secretary of state from purging Ohio’s voter rolls of people who had not cast a ballot in the past...
  • Federal judge: Voters without ID may vote in November by signing affidavit

    07/19/2016 2:28:08 PM PDT · by rellimpank · 62 replies
    People without photo identification will be able to vote in November's general election by signing an affidavit stating they could not obtain identification, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman issued a preliminary injunction order on Tuesday in a case challenging the state's law requiring voters to have photo identification, granting a request from the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU's request called for an affidavit option for voters who face a "reasonable impediment" to obtain a valid photo ID.
  • Baton Rouge Cop Killer's Favorite Race Book by Soros Fellow (vanity)

    07/18/2016 9:46:18 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 13 replies
    This is killer Gavin Long a/k/a Cosmo Setepenra's list of books. Note this one - the only one listed related to American race issues: "The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander This is the title I immediately and robotically recite anytime someone is looking for a book recommendation. By far the most infuriating book I’ve read, but vital for anyone that’s looking to understand why the #BlackLivesMatter movement exists. Why Black people are angry. And why the black father is absent in most Black homes (done so intentionally via the system of White Supremacy). It’s an unrelenting and exhaustively...
  • ACLU preparing for legal challenges if Trump gets elected

    07/18/2016 7:24:06 AM PDT · by PROCON · 75 replies
    dailycaller ^ | July 16, 2016 | Kevin Daley
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a 28-page report Friday arguing most of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s governing agenda is unconstitutional, and promises to keep a running tally of all Trump’s policy goals that run afoul of the Constitution. Titled “The Trump Memos,” the analysis encompasses the New York billionaire’s proposals on immigration, torture, libel, abortion, and government surveillance. It effectively serves as a blueprint for the legal arguments the ACLU would marshall when challenging Trump’s initiatives if elected president. “Donald Trump’s proposed policies, if carried out, would trigger a constitutional crisis,” ACLU Executive Director Anthony...
  • ACLU calls for St. Paul to drop charges against Interstate 94 protesters

    07/12/2016 6:22:23 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 76 replies ^ | 7/12/16 | Tory Cooney
    ACLU of Minnesota wants St. Paul to drop all charges against 46 people who shut down Interstate 94 Saturday night during a protest of Philando Castile’s death. Mayor Chris Coleman characterized the demonstration as a riot after it turned violent, leaving 21 officers injured. “These charges appear to be based on the actions of what most parties, including a St. Paul police spokesperson, agree were outside agitators,” said ACLU Minnesota’s executive director, Charles Samuelson, in a written statement Tuesday
  • Christmas bomber case appeal challenges NSA surveillance

    07/06/2016 7:39:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/06/2016 | Kristena Hansen | AP
    Mohamud is appealing his 2013 conviction on grounds that he was entrapped by undercover federal agents posing as al-Qaida members and the warrantless surveillance of his foreign communications violated his constitutional rights. It marks the first time a federal appeals court is considering whether the National Security Agency’s foreign surveillance programs — the same ones that came under scrutiny after the Edward Snowden leaks a few years ago — violate the Fourth Amendment rights of criminal defendants. Stephen Sady, Mohamud’s public defender, and another attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union urged the court for a new trial on grounds...
  • Cleveland relaxes rules on protest marches at GOP convention (incoming leftist swarms)

    06/30/2016 7:45:46 AM PDT · by 20yearsofinternet · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/29/2016 | AP
    CLEVELAND – The relaxation of rules on protest marches during the upcoming Republican National Convention and the shrinking of a designated event zone downtown is an "important victory" for free speech rights, a civil rights group said Wednesday. A federal judge said last week that the city's regulations for the four-day convention, which starts July 18, were unconstitutional and ordered city attorneys to negotiate new rules with the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. The ACLU of Ohio had sued the city on behalf of two groups planning protests and rallies the first day of the convention and a homeless...
  • Judge allows Ohio to remove inactive voters from rolls

    06/29/2016 7:11:51 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 51 replies
    U.S. District Judge George Smith struck down a lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Ohio challenging the secretary of state’s authority to strip inactive voters from the registry.
  • Federal judge strikes down Cleveland RNC protest zone restrictions

    06/23/2016 11:16:28 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 18 replies ^ | Louis Nelson
    A federal judge on Thursday struck down rules set for protesters at next month’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Ohio’s branch of the American Civil Liberties Union brought the suit last week against the city of Cleveland, arguing that restrictions on protesters within the “event zone” around Quicken Loans Arena are unconstitutional. Those restrictions would ban certain items, including large backpacks, tape and string, and limit where within the 3.5 square mile zone demonstrators can speak and hold a parade.
  • ACLU Opposes Use Of ‘Unfair Watchlist System’ To Enforce Gun Control

    06/23/2016 7:24:26 AM PDT · by orchestra · 10 replies
    TalkingPointsMemo ^ | 6/23/2016 | Allegra Kirkland
    Democrats’ recent efforts to secure votes on gun control measures in the wake of the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida have stoked criticism not just from Republican leadership but from some on the left. The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday sent a letter to senators laying out its opposition to the latest legislation up for consideration, a proposal by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) that would bar anyone on certain federal government watchlists from buying guns. “The ACLU strongly urges you to vote against the Collins Amendment because it uses the errorprone and unfair watchlist system, along with vague and...
  • Cleveland's Restrictions at GOP Convention Site Spur Lawsuit

    06/18/2016 5:48:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    VOA ^ | 06/18/2016
    The American Civil Liberties Union has sued the city of Cleveland, site of next month's Republican National Convention, accusing the city of illegally restricting areas where protesters and residents can congregate. The suit, filed this week on behalf of the city's homeless, objects to the 8.5-square-kilometer "event zone," a secondary security area outside the stricter security perimeter that will circle the convention site, Quicken Loans Arena. The lawsuit contends that security restrictions and rules regarding public demonstrations in the event zone are "arbitrary, unnecessary and unjustifiable." The plaintiffs also include Citizens for Trump, an activist group backing presumptive Republican nominee...
  • ACLU Lawyer Sounds Off on 'Islamophobia,' Blames Christian Right for Orlando Carnage

    06/13/2016 3:03:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Townhall ^ | June 12, 2016 | Cortney O'Brien
    Evidence proves that the shooter who killed 50 people at a gay night club in Orlando on Sunday called 911 and pledged allegiance to ISIS. Other reports reveal that the terror cell has claimed responsibility for the mass murder. The facts haven't stopped some, however, from blaming the carnage on the "Christian right." Chase Strangio, a lawyer for the ACLU's LGBT & AIDS Project, is convinced they're the real enemy....
  • ACLU Lawyers Blame Christians For Orlando Terror Attack

    06/13/2016 8:21:33 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 13 Jun 2016 | Kevin Daley
    Several American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorneys took to Twitter to blame the “Christian Right” for Sunday’s deadly terrorist attack at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., which left 50 dead and 53 injured. Chase Strangio, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT and AIDS Project, claimed the social and political environment cultivated by Christian conservatives in recent months was to blame for the shooting at Pulse, a nightclub popular with Orlando’s LGBT community. Strangio also called for solidarity between American Muslims and LGBT communities, arguing both are maligned and oppressed by the religious right. Federal law enforcement officials have identified...
  • ACLU lawyers blame 'Christian right,' GOP for Orlando terrorist attack

    06/12/2016 2:19:07 PM PDT · by bkopto · 60 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 12, 2016 | Joel Gerhke
    Christian conservatives are responsible for the mass shooting at a gay bar in Orlando because they "created this anti-queer climate," according to American Civil Liberties Union attorneys. "You know what is gross — your thoughts and prayers and Islamophobia after you created this anti-queer climate," ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio tweeted on Sunday morning. About 50 people were killed last night by Omar Mateen, a U.S. citizen born to Afghan parents suspected to have "leanings toward extreme Islamic ideologies." The FBI is investigating the attack as a "domestic terror incident." But Strangio — who "spend[s his] life fighting Christian homophobia...
  • Black Liberal Democrat quits ACLU when HER daughters are traumatized by men in their lady’s room

    06/03/2016 8:54:49 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 31 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 6/3/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Playing the role of Judas Goat, leading people to be oppressed in the name of liberalism worked just fine for Maya Dillard Smith right up until it was her daughters who were asked to accept deep voiced men in their lady’s room. Backing every socially destructive scheme the ACLU could conjure up was a comfortable way of life for Smith, who was the interim director of a Georgia ACLU chapter. Making landlords rent to newly released vicious prison inmates, forcing employers to hire incompetent lazy and counter productive workers and forcing “Heather Has Two Mommies” type books onto 2nd grade...

    06/02/2016 6:47:05 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 65 replies
    powerlineblog ^ | JUNE 1, 2016 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    Maya Dillard Smith, interim director of the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, has resigned over the ACLU’s position on who can use which public restrooms. The resignation occurred after her two daughters were traumatized by encountering men in the women’s restroom. Dillard Smith explained: "I have shared my personal experience of having taken my elementary school age daughters into a women’s restroom when shortly after three transgender young adults, over six feet [tall] with deep voices, entered. My children were visibly frightened, concerned about their safety and left asking lots of questions for which I, like many...
  • Going Inside The Chicago Police Department’s ‘Strategic Subject List’

    06/02/2016 2:23:40 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 31, 2016
    Going Inside The Chicago Police Department’s ‘Strategic Subject List’ May 31, 2016 7:58 AM Audio CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago suffered through an especially bloody holiday weekend, with 69 people shot over the Memorial Day weekend, including six fatalities. Police said the vast majority of the victims were on a watchlist of sorts – what the department calls its “strategic subject list.” CBS 2’s Mai Martinez sat down with the Chicago Police Department’s top brass to talk about how the list works. The strategic subject list uses an algorithm to try to predict who is most likely to be involved in...
  • ACLU Leader Quits Over 'Transgender Bathroom Rights' Flap

    06/02/2016 12:20:03 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 26 replies
    The interim director of the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has resigned over the agency's support of the federal directive allowing public-school students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity. Maya Dillard Smith called it quits on Thursday, saying the transgender ruling comes at the expense of women's civil rights. "If our goal is to advance the rights of equality of transgender folk, how do we do that, and advance the rights of all people?" Dillard Smith said, according to If we have all-gender restrooms which will accommodate trans folks, what do we do about...
  • ACLU Director Quits After Daughters’ Bathroom Ordeal

    06/01/2016 3:17:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 61 replies ^ | June 1, 2016 | SBrinkmann
    An interim director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a major proponent of laws protecting gender identity, has resigned after her daughters were frightened by several transgendered men who came into the ladies room they were using at the time. Although the mainstream media has utterly ignored this story, LifeSiteNews and a few other outlets are reporting on the resignation of Maya Dillard Smith, interim director of the Georgia chapter of the ACLU, over the organization’s involvement in the controversial transgender bathroom debate. “I have shared my personal experience of having taken my elementary school age daughters into a...
  • Mississippi governor: 'Secular' world angry over LGBT law

    05/31/2016 7:11:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2016 4:56 PM EDT | Emily Wagster Pettus
    Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant says the “secular, progressive world” vented at him for signing a bill that would let clerks cite religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. […] Two legal challenges seek to block the religious-objections measure, House Bill 1523, from becoming law July 1. The American Civil Liberties Union filed one of the lawsuits May 9 on behalf of a gay couple from Meridian. …
  • ACLU Sues To Obtain Documents Showing Catholic Hospitals ‘Harm’ Women

    05/26/2016 9:25:02 AM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 26 May 2016 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Truncated titled. Full title:ACLU Sues To Obtain Documents Showing Catholic Hospitals ‘Harm’ Women By Refusing To Perform Abortions A senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project says the civil rights organization is filing a lawsuit in the hope of obtaining documents that show Catholic hospitals are “harming” women by taking taxpayer dollars for public services yet upholding their belief in the dignity of every human life.
  • Republicans seek to combine North Carolina LGBT lawsuits

    05/23/2016 8:05:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 23, 2016 4:37 PM EDT | Jonathan Drew
    North Carolina’s Republican leaders are seeking to combine separate lawsuits over a state law limiting protections for the LGBT community — moves that could help steer the cases to a judge who twice ruled against the federal government in recent years. Three federal judges are currently assigned to five dueling lawsuits over the law, which requires transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates in many public buildings. The law also excludes gender identity and sexual orientation from statewide antidiscrimination protections. Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore asked on Monday to combine...
  • ACLU Bemoans Court’s Pro-Choice Decision [semi-satire]

    05/23/2016 10:45:00 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 May 2016 | John Semmens
    This week Nevada District Judge Eric Johnson dismissed the ACLU’s case against the state’s school choice law. A change to Nevada statutes creating an education savings account (ESA) program that permits students and their parents to choose how to be educated was the source of the ACLU’s ire. Author of the legislation, State Sen. Scott Hammond (R-Las Vegas) said his aim was “to enable families to completely customize their child’s educational experience, and ensure students can match education options and providers to their unique learning needs.” These accounts can be used to pay for private school tuition, online learning, special...
  • ACLU launches campaign to strip Catholic hospitals of federal funds

    05/11/2016 3:56:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 10, 2016 | Lisa Bourne
    NEW YORK, May 9, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic hospitals across the U.S. are “withholding emergency care” and denying “essential health services,” the ACLU is alleging in a new campaign. They also inflict harm on “transgender and gender-non-conforming patients” “when seeking reproductive healthcare.” In a new report, “Health Care Denied,” the ALCU calls for denial of federal dollars from Catholic healthcare institutions, as well as investigations into their practices. With a subtitle of “Patients and Physicians Speak Out About Catholic Hospitals and the Threat to Women's Health and Lives,” the stated goal of the report “is to shine a light...
  • Twitter's Traitors

    05/11/2016 4:53:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | May 11, 2016 | Michelle Malkin
    Social media giant Twitter's got 99 problems, yet the politically correct company is far more worried about the "optics" of cooperating with federal agents trying to stop jihadist plotters online. Hashtag it: #TwistedTwitterPriorities. The company's stock hit a record low this month. Half of the company's senior executives abandoned their posts earlier this year. Ad growth is sluggish. Desperate attempts to mimic Facebook have turned off users. And the micro-blogging network's political pandering to liberals through the formation of an Orwellian Trust and Safety Council earned global scorn Despite these existential troubles, Twitter bigwigs turned their attention this week to...
  • The ACLU’s deadly anti-Catholic vendetta

    05/10/2016 9:19:56 AM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 9, 2016 | Grazie Pozo Christie
    The ACLU is angry that Catholic hospitals won’t perform abortions. The so-called “civil liberties” organization (if only!) appears to again be revving up to sue Americans who dedicated their lives to saving others while serving their faith. And the ACLU wants the public to be incensed, too. But its latest ploy will almost certainly backfire by unintentionally demonstrating how important Catholic hospitals are to American health care. For example, in trying to raise public hackles over the fact that Catholic institutions don’t perform abortions, the ACLU reminded everyone, in a report issued late last week, of something truly impressive: One...
  • ACLU Attacks US Catholic Hospitals, Saying 'Health Care' is Restricted

    05/10/2016 6:05:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a campaign against Catholic hospitals, charging that the health of patients-- especially women-- may be endangered by the US bishops' health-care directives. Noting that Catholic institutions account for one of every six hospital beds in the US, the ACLU remarks that Catholic institutions are generally forbidden to perform abortions and sterilizations or to euthanize patients: procedures that the ACLU defines as forms of "health care" Thus the ACLU report concludes that "health care" is not always available at US hospitals because of Catholic teachings. "When hospitals prevent doctors from providing care, the...
  • ACLU sues Indiana over Pence’s abortion law

    05/01/2016 5:15:37 PM PDT · by digger48 · 11 replies
    WISH ^ | May 1, 2016 | Alexis Moberger
    LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) The legal fight is on in the state of Indiana over Gov. Mike Pences new abortion law. The law doesnt take effect until July 1, but the ACLU and Planned Parenthood of Kentucky and Indiana are doing what they can to ensure the law never makes it to that date. “The most alarming and upsetting aspects of 1337 is that intrusion into the relationship between a woman and her doctor,” ACLU Executive Director Jane Henegar said. “Imposing, inserting politicians into that conversation erodes that trust.” The new law prohibits doctors from knowingly terminating a pregnancy because of...
  • Oklahoma voters to decide on return of Ten Commandments

    04/21/2016 7:13:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 21, 2016 9:59 PM EDT | Sean Murphy
    Oklahoma voters will decide in November whether to abolish an article of the state constitution so that a Ten Commandments monument can be returned to the Capitol grounds. The House voted 65-7 late Thursday for a resolution calling for a statewide vote on whether to remove a constitutional prohibition on the use of state funds to support a religion. The state Supreme Court relied on that section of the constitution in June when it ordered a 6-foot-tall granite Ten Commandments monument moved from the Capitol grounds. The monument’s removal angered many Oklahomans, particularly Republican lawmakers who vowed to return the...
  • North Carolina transgender bathroom law faces federal court test

    03/29/2016 6:23:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Yahoo News via Reuters ^ | 03/28/2016 | Colleen Jenkins
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Reuters) - Transgender people barred under a new North Carolina law from choosing bathrooms consistent with their gender identity filed a federal lawsuit on Monday, arguing the measure is discriminatory and threatens their personal safety. North Carolina last week became the first state to enact a measure requiring people to use bathrooms or locker rooms in schools and other public facilities that match the gender on their birth certificate, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The state's Republican-dominated legislature passed the law during a one-day special session called to repeal a Charlotte city ordinance that would...
  • ACLU Survey/Fundraising Letter Confirms Its Anti-Christian Bias

    04/20/2016 3:10:33 PM PDT · by HomerBohn · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 4/18/2016 | Steve Byas
    Though not sure why, this writer recently received a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). As is often done by many of these political lobbies, the survey is designed more to inspire donations to the organization than to obtain opinions. The letter begins with their concern that “we’re seeing a relentless and wide-ranging assault on our fundamental freedoms.” Well, one would have to agree with them on that, when looking at the efforts of the Obama administration to go after our Second Amendment rights, and the push by leaders in both political parties to enter into multilateral trade...
  • Duck Dynasty' star's NASCAR prayer enrages liberals

    04/15/2016 6:17:43 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 39 replies
    Brother Phil delivered the pre-race invocation on April 9th at the Texas Motor Speedway’s Duck Commander 500. And it was a mighty fine invocation, indeed. “I pray Father that we put a Jesus-Man in the White House,” he prayed. “Help us do that and help us all to repent, to do what is right, to love you more and to love each other. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.”
  • ACLU Fights for Rights of Illegals

    04/15/2016 5:30:59 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 14 replies
    Patriot News Daily ^ | 4/12/2016 | Staff
    According to the American Civil Liberties Union, illegal immigrants should not have to pay so much to bond out of detention. In a lawsuit filed against the federal government, the ACLU insists that immigration authorities should consider an alien’s financial situation before setting the bond amount. “Poverty or lack of financial resources should not deprive a person of his or her freedom while in civil immigration proceedings,” said ACLU lawyer Michael Kaufman. “Such detention violates the due process and equal protection guarantees of the Fifth Amendment, the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Bail Clause and immigration laws.” They aren’t citizens! Worse, they...
  • Minnesota school district restores prayer in schools [But there's a catch...]

    04/13/2016 9:40:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/13/2016 | Thomas Lifson
    Do you think the ACLU will be suing any time soon?  Because there’s a catch.  Brendan of Supreme Patriot noticed something: Buried deep in a PBS article about how the St. Cloud, Minn., school district is accommodating a large Somali population was a telling example of religious bias. While public schools have appropriately been barred from leading students in corporate Christian prayer, this district is going out of its way to satisfy the desires of the Muslim community. PBS approvingly writes: In St. Cloud’s middle and high schools, the district allows prayer time for students, including Muslim students, as...
  • ACLU Sues to Make Bail More Affordable for Illegal Immigrants

    04/12/2016 11:34:51 AM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12 Apr 2016 | Caroline May
    The government should consider individuals’ financial resources when setting the bond amount for aliens in removal proceedings, the ACLU argues. In a class lawsuit filed this month, the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project say the federal government sets unacceptably high bond amounts for foreign nationals in deportation proceedings because it fails to consider their ability to pay. The result, the ACLU argues, is lengthier incarceration rates for poorer aliens.
  • Christian cross has no place on L.A. County seal, judge rules

    04/07/2016 1:57:32 PM PDT · by kingu · 49 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 7th, 2016 | Abby Sewell
    In a long-awaited ruling, a federal judge has sided with plaintiffs who argued it was unconstitutional for Los Angeles County supervisors to place a Christian cross on the county seal. A divided Board of Supervisors voted in 2014 to reinstate the cross on top of a depiction of the San Gabriel Mission, which appears on the seal among other symbols of county history. They were sued by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and a group of religious leaders and scholars, who said placement of the cross on the seal unconstitutionally favored Christianity over other religions.