Updates: Volume VII, Issue 3
Freedom Of Speech On America’s Campuses
This year has been the most successful ever for Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys and allies defending religious speech on college campuses. Across the last two decades, ADF has achieved over 200 legal victories, including more than 40 this year alone.
In the past fiscal year, ADF attorneys filed 10 new lawsuits to protect public university students against unconstitutional policies and private universities against the Obama Administration’s abortion pill mandate. In North Carolina, ADF lawyers won a critical decision in a major faculty free-speech case (see On The Square, p.4), and in Virginia, they secured a court ruling that dismantled unconstitutional speech restrictions at 23 community colleges throughout the state. ADF is also continuing its nationwide effort to contact universities and colleges that enforce unconstitutional policies.
Continuing to contact schools nationwide that enforce unconstitutional policies, ADF has written letters to more than 400 schools, resulting in changes that could potentially impact nearly five million students in more than 25 states.
An Enemy Of The State - Vol. VII, Iss. 2
On June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that two family-run businesses, Conestoga Wood Specialties and Hobby Lobby Stores, do not have to surrender their religious freedom in order to remain in business. The court determined that federal law protects the two families from being forced to act contrary to their beliefs by the Obama Administration’s abortion pill mandate.
The Department of Health and Human Services mandate forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception or face heavy financial penalties from the Internal Revenue Service. But in Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, the Supreme Court said the families running the two businesses have federally protected religious freedoms that the government must respect. (As of August, 2014, ADF is now 20-0 in decisions on lawsuits filed against the mandate.)