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

Christian baker Cathy Miller was in state court yesterday to defend her First Amendment freedoms against the State of California’s lawsuit seeking to force her to create custom artwork expressing messages that violate her core beliefs. FCDF Chief Counsel Charles LiMandri represented Miller at Tuesday’s hearing. LiMandri argued that the State’s lawsuit is nothing more…

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund and leading family scholar Dr. Ryan T. Anderson filed an amicus brief on Monday with the Supreme Court of Washington supporting Barronelle Stutzman, a Christian floral artist who was sued by the Washington state attorney general for declining to design and create flowers for a same-sex ceremony because of…

In Letter, DOJ’s Civil Rights Division Chief Agrees All Children Should Be Protected from Bullying Regardless of Religion The Justice Department has responded to the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund’s recommendation that it rescind its Obama-era, religion-based anti-bullying and harassment guidelines. In September 2018, FCDF executive director Daniel Piedra sent a report and recommendation to…

Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund attorneys have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of Phyllis Young, who is being punished by the Hawaii state government for declining to allow a same-sex couple to stay the night at her home. FCDF filed the amicus brief in a team effort with the Ethics…

State Officials Seek Emotional Distress and Punitive Damages Despite their previous First Amendment loss, government lawyers have filed a new lawsuit against Cathy Miller, owner of Tastries Bakery, in Bakersfield, California. In August 2017, Miller declined to create a custom wedding cake for a same-sex couple. As a devout Christian, Miller believes that marriage is…

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