Posts Categorized: First Amendment

Farmer Banned From Market: Why This Should Concern You

July 11, 2017 | 2 comments | Posted in First Amendment, Religious Freedom | Tags: , , ,

        Steve Tennes and his wife own a working produce farm where they also host wedding ceremonies and receptions. As Catholics who believes in traditional marriage they decided the farm will not be used for same-sex wedding ceremonies. Tennes is also … Read more

Kutztown University changes unconstitutional policy that targeted pro-life student group

June 12, 2017 | No comments | Posted in First Amendment, Free Speech | Tags: , ,

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania has now fixed their previously-unconstitutional policy regarding chalk messages on sidewalks after purposely scrubbing away messages by a pro-life student group on campus.

Jeremy Samek

“The university setting should be one of the safest places for … Read more

Downingtown School: “1st Amendment rights are established by law.”

May 25, 2017 | No comments | Posted in First Amendment, Free Speech | Tags: , ,

In a victory for student rights and Constitutional freedoms, a Pennsylvania school district in the national spotlight has sided with honoring any student’s right to speak out and assemble on public sidewalks.

Two teenagers stood on the public sidewalk outside … Read more

PA University orders pro-life group’s chalk messages washed away, group taking action

March 14, 2017 | 2 comments | Posted in First Amendment, pro-life | Tags: , ,

Independence Law Center helping to defend free speech, First Amendment freedoms

A Harrisburg-based legal team is helping a PA university chapter of the largest pro-life youth organization in defending against the censoring of their pro-life views.

Kutztown University

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#GivingTuesday: Our needs are greater than we can provide

November 28, 2016 | No comments | Posted in First Amendment, Religious Freedom | Tags:

Update by Randall Wenger, Chief Counsel for the Independence Law Center

As you consider making any contributions to important causes this Giving Tuesday, may I request your donation in support of growing our religious freedom outreach?

We have been swamped … Read more

Governing Is No Job For A Lone Wolf

April 7, 2016 | No comments | Posted in First Amendment, Religious Freedom | Tags: ,

Press Release – Pennsylvania Family Council

Governor Tom Wolf’s Executive Action Harms Business, Charities, Respect for Government

(HARRISBURG – April 7, 2016) – Despite record-low approval ratings in the latest polls, Gov. Wolf nevertheless singlehandedly bypassed the legislature today to … Read more

On Fox News today – Speaker for PFI Pittsburgh Banquet (May 21)

March 7, 2016 | No comments | Posted in First Amendment, Religious Freedom | Tags: , , ,

Chief Kelvin Cochran is coming to the Pittsburgh area on Saturday, May 21 for “Through Fiery Trials” – the Friends of the Family banquet presented by the Pennsylvania Family Institute.

Chief Cochran’s story is gaining national attention. Today … Read more

10 Answers to Questions on Christmas in Public Schools

December 14, 2015 | No comments | Posted in education, First Amendment, Free Speech | Tags: ,

It’s Christmas season – which not only means Christmas lights and carols but more instances of pushback on any mention of “the reason for the season” or the celebration of Christmas – especially in public schools.

Sadly, every school district … Read more

Day2Pray for Religious Freedom

November 17, 2015 | No comments | Posted in First Amendment, Religious Freedom | Tags:

Right now, Pennsylvania faces possibly the greatest threat to religious freedom in recent memory. There is no question that these threats to restrict religious freedom, both in Pennsylvania and across the nation, are ultimately attacks on the freedom to teach … Read more

Is it fair to force a Muslim truck driver to violate his beliefs?

November 12, 2015 | 1 comment | Posted in First Amendment, Religious Freedom | Tags: , , ,

In 2013, two truck drivers – Mahad Abass Mohamed and Abdikarim Hassan Bulshale – were fired from their position with an Illinois-based trucking company. They were fired because they refused to deliver alcohol – something that violated their religious beliefs.… Read more