In a stunning victory for religious freedom, a proposed California state bill that would have forced Catholic priests to break the sacramental seal of confession was shelved one day before a critical legislative hearing. If passed, Senate Bill 360 would have required priests to report alleged instances of abuse or neglect of minors heard during…

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund today sent a public records request to West New York School District, demanding the production of documents that could show whether the District is unlawfully promoting religion. Last month, Memorial High School hung a large banner beseeching “Allah” to “shower” students with “love and wisdom.”  FCDF is also seeking…

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday on behalf of Them Before Us, a children’s rights group, asking the Court to take the case of a biological father who was stripped of custody of his two children. A New York judge awarded custody of the…

School Officials Had Unwittingly Partaken with Local Mosque’s “Dawah Educational Awareness in the Public Schools” to Convert Schoolchildren to “Accept Islam with Allah’s guidance.” Two days after FCDF sent a “cease and desist letter” to the West New York School District, attorneys for the school district’s Board of Education notified FCDF on Friday that “the…

FCDF Demands that Superintendent Take Down Unconstitutional Ramadan Posters The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) sent a “cease and desist” letter moments ago to West New York School District’s superintendent, demanding that two district-sponsored Ramadan posters in Memorial High School be taken down. One poster offers “Warm greetings from Memorial High school” and wishes…

The Northshore School District has withdrawn its Ramadan policy in response to a “cease and desist” letter filed by the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF). Two weeks ago, several parents and an anonymous teacher contacted FCDF about the district’s special protections for Muslim students during Ramadan, Islam’s holy month. FCDF’s executive director Daniel Piedra…

FCDF Warns Northshore School District after anonymous teacher pleads that the District’s oppressive pro-Islam directive “needs to be exposed” After receiving multiple complaints from local community members and an anonymous teacher, the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) sent today a “cease and desist” letter to the superintendent and school board of Northshore School District,…

Attorneys for the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund and Alliance Defending Freedom filed an amicus brief in the California Court of Appeals on behalf of the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) in defense of a Catholic hospital that declined to perform a hysterectomy on a transgender man. In his lawsuit against the hospital’s parent company Dignity…

This morning, California Superior Court Judge David Lampe scheduled Christian baker Cathy Miller’s trial for June 22, 2020. California’s Department for Fair Employment & Housing (DFEH) sued Miller in October 2018 on behalf of a same-sex couple who complained that Miller discriminated against them when she declined to create a custom cake for their wedding…

Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund attorneys representing Christian cake artist Cathy Miller and Tastries Bakery filed today an answer to the California’s lawsuit brought on behalf of a same-sex couple who complained that Miller discriminated against them when she declined to create a custom cake for their wedding celebration. In addition to denying all allegations,…

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