FCDF--NEWS UPDATE For Tuesday, January 29, 2013:
Key FCDF Brief Filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Support of Prop. 8 and DOMA
On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund filed with the U.S. Supreme Court an Amicus ("Friend of the Court") Brief in support of the proponents of the Prop. 8 and DOMA marriage cases. The brief was filed on behalf of Catholic Answers and in conjunction with the Christian Legal Society and the Catholic Vote Education Fund. Charles LiMandri, the President and Chief Counsel of FCDF, is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar and is the Counsel of Record on the brief. A copy of this important brief is located on the FCDF website at www.ConscienceDefense.org. The brief points out how religious liberty, which is already under attack by radical activists, will be in even greater jeopardy should the Court strike down Prop. 8 and/or DOMA in favor of "same-sex marriage".
As an example of the serious threat posed to religious freedom, the brief quotes lesbian activist Chai Feldblum, whom President Obama appointed as a Commissioner to the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Feldblum is on record as stating: "Just as we do not tolerate private racial beliefs that adversely affect African-Americans in the commercial arena, even if such beliefs are based on religious views, we should similarly not tolerate private beliefs about sexual orientation...that adversely affect the ability of LGBT people to live in the world."
Thus, according to Ms. Feldblum and those other activists who are seeking to force "same-sex marriage" on an unwilling American people, those who oppose them are the equivalent of "racists". In their twisted view, even our "private" religious beliefs about sexual morality, and/or the dangers of seeking to redefine the age-old institution of marriage, makes us bad citizens who need to be marginalized and silenced. Already, many Christians, including justices of the peace, have been fired for refusing to publicly support "same-sex marriage". In fact, every serious Christian, Orthodox Jew, or Muslim, whose work is even remotely related to the wedding industry, is at risk of persecution and many have already been hauled into court and/or had their livelihoods ruined.
The increasing list of good people who have already lost lawsuits, brought primarily by homosexual activists, includes wedding photographers, bakers of wedding cakes, wedding invitation printers, operates of outdoor wedding pavilions and church halls, and even retired couples who rent rooms in their homes to vacationing newlyweds. More examples are given in FCDF's Amicus Brief, filed today with the U.S. Supreme Court. Therefore, FCDF has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the disastrous decision of the ultra-liberal Ninth Circuit and find Prop. 8 to be constitutional, thus validating the will of the seven million Californians who voted for it. Oral arguments will take place before the Supreme Court at the end of March and a decision will be issued by the Court by the end of June 2013.
FCDF Vigorously Defends Landmark JONAH Case
In a precedent setting case with high stakes for all religious believers, the extremist Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is not only trying to put FCDF's client, Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH), out of business, it is also trying to intimidate what it calls the entire "Ex-Gay Industry". The SPLC contends that homosexuality is always fixed and immutable; therefore, they contend that no homosexual can ever alter his or her sexual orientation or desires. The SPLC further claims that any person or organization like JONAH, who is willing to try to assist people experiencing unwanted same-sex attractions, is a fraud and should be liable for large damage awards. The SPLC and its allies hope to use this argument to get the courts to further marginalize the rights of people of faith and the services and ministries they offer based on their beliefs.
This week FCDF is delivering to the SPLC copies of dozens of studies and articles, and references to hundreds of others, that categorically prove that people can and do change their sexual orientations and desires. Indeed several of the articles and studies were written by homosexual researchers and activists who claim that sexual orientation is fluid and flexible. One of the organizations that promotes the idea that sexual orientation is fluid and flexible is the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Ironically, GLSEN is an SPLC ally in promoting the radical homosexual agenda in the schools. Thus, it is anticipated that SPLC's ill-conceived, politically motivated, lawsuit will backfire badly, and that its false accusations will be exposed and defeated.
What Did America's Founders Say About Freedom of Conscience?
James Madison assisted George Mason in drafting Article 16 of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, ratified June 12, 1776, which states: "That Religion, or the duty which we owe to our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience, and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity, towards each other." Likewise, America's first Catholic Bishop, John Carroll, who founded Georgetown University, wrote in 1790: "The thirteen provinces of North America...proclaimed... freedom of conscience, and the right of worshiping the Almighty, according to the spirit of the religion to which each one should belong." (Quotes provided by William J. Federer's American Minute).
FCDF Continues Its Educational Outreach Mission
Over the past couple of months FCDF's President and Chief Counsel, Charles LiMandri, has given over a dozen news interviews on television and radio, and to the print media. He has also made personal speaking appearances, most recently to the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club on January 22, where he was given a standing ovation. Mr. LiMandri's upcoming speaking engagements include participating on a panel of religious liberty experts at the Legatus Summit in Phoenix, Arizona on February 9. He will then be speaking at Saint Peter's Chaldean Church in El Cajon on February 26 at 10:00 a.m.
Following that, Mr. LiMandri will be speaking to the "Women VIP" in Shelter Island on March 28 at 11:00 p.m. He will next be conducting a webinar for lawyers on religious liberty issues, sponsored by the Alliance Defending Freedom, on April 2, 2013. He is also scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the Catholic Medical Association annual conference in Orlando, Florida in September 2014. For more information on articles, audiotapes, and past presentations by Charles LiMandri, including video recordings, please visit the FCDF website at www.ConscienceDefense.org.
Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
FCDF Newsletter Discusses Landmark Law Suit Against JONAH
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