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 West New York School District has denied an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request filed by FCDF to obtain the district records about two Muslim students at Memorial High School who were allowed to proselytize in multiple classrooms during the school day. FCDF also sought records about a banner Memorial High’s principal hung during…

Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund attorneys representing pro-life journalist David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) filed multiple motions for summary judgments last week in the Planned Parenthood undercover video case, urging the court to dismiss the abortion giant’s lawsuit. A motion for summary judgment is a request for the court to rule…

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The Northshore School District has withdrawn its Ramadan policy in response to a “cease and desist” letter filed by the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF).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…

With today marking the beginning of Ramadan, Dieringer School District in Washington is urging teachers to follow guidelines issued by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) about adherence to Islam. In March, CAIR submitted an “Informative Letter on Upcoming Islamic Holidays and Religious Accommodations” to Superintendent Judy Martinson. Martinson enacted the letter as official 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…

The settlement agreement ensures an equally safe and supportive learning environment for students of all religious beliefs. Yesterday, FCDF attorneys finalized a settlement agreement with the San Diego Unified School District that resolves a federal lawsuit challenging the District’s “Anti-Islamophobia Initiative.” FCDF representing five families, along with two advocacy organizations, San Diego Asian Americans for…

Charles LiMandri speech at Catholic Action 2018 Summit for Marriage and Family

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