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ADF attorneys to argue two religious liberty cases this week in 6th Circuit

ADF official comment
Published On: 10/18/2017

WHO:  ADF Senior Legal Counsel Joel Oster
WHAT:  Answering questions from the media following hearing in Teen Ranch v. Udow
WHEN:  Wednesday, Oct. 25, immediately following hearing, which begins at 11:30 a.m. EDT
WHERE:  Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse, 100 E. Fifth St., Room 540, Cincinnati

WHO:  ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeff Shafer
WHAT:  Answering questions from the media following hearing in Gaughan v. City of Cleveland
WHEN:  Thursday, Oct. 26, immediately following hearing, which is the second in a series of hearings beginning at 1:30 p.m. EDT
WHERE:  Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse, 100 E. Fifth St., Room 540, Cincinnati

CINCINNATI — Two Alliance Defense Fund attorneys will be arguing separate religious liberty cases at the 6th Circuit this week and will available for comment to the media following their respective hearings.

In the case Teen Ranch v. Udow, the Michigan Family Independent Agency in October 2003 cut off Teen Ranch from its placement system for children because Teen Ranch incorporated “faith-specific tenets” in to its programs.

“Christians should not be treated as second-class citizens in society,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Joel Oster.  “Yet state officials, confused about the meaning of the First Amendment, decided that religious organizations helping children in need should not have the same opportunity to apply for public funding as other organizations.”

In the case Gaughan v. City of Cleveland, city officials used a noise ordinance as a basis to arrest one pro-life advocate outside of an abortion clinic for playing an audiotape recording of a 9-1-1 call involving the clinic’s owner.

The audiotape contained a recording of abortionist and clinic owner Martin Ruddock talking to a 9-1-1 operator during complications that occurred during an abortion performed on a 30-year-old woman.  “I just can’t stop the bleeding.  I can’t see what I’m doing and I want her out of here,” Ruddock said on the tape.

“City officials should not be able to use unconstitutional so-called ‘noise ordinances’ to silence the free speech of pro-life citizens,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeff Shafer.  “The Constitution protects pro-life speech, and ADF is there to defend those rights.”

ADF is a legal alliance defending the right to hear and speak the Truth through strategy, training, funding, and litigation.

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