LIBERTY LEGAL BATTLES UPDATES: RADICAL JUDGE/ACLU/CAIR/SHARIA LAW/LAME DUCK, etc.

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From: “Liberty Counsel” <alert@libertyaction.org>
Date: November 11, 2010 4:54:34 PM EST
Subject: ACLU pushes Sharia, rejects Ten Commandments!

Liberty Counsel
Mathew Staver,

Founder/Chairman

In the recent midterm election, Oklahomans overwhelmingly voted to prohibit Islamic Sharia law from being considered in court cases heard in their state. Now the ACLU is insisting the will of the people be thrown out!  See my urgent message below – Mat.

11/11/2010

In last Tuesday’s General Election, Oklahomans decisively voted to bar their state’s courts from considering
international law or Sharia law, the Islamic legal code, when deciding a case. Less than a week later, Federal
Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) blocking enactment of the new state constitutional amendment!

(She should be tarred & feathered & run out of town.)


The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed the case against the citizen-approved amendment. I wasn’t surprised to see a representative from the Oklahoma ACLU standing with CAIR delivering a resounding endorsement for the lawsuit in their press conference.

How outrageous that the ACLU would stand FOR Sharia law being honored by our courts, while standing AGAINST the display of the Ten
Commandments in a courthouse!  

Just days ago, Liberty Counsel filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court requesting the Court take our case involving the “Foundations of American Law and Government” display in a Kentucky courthouse, which includes the Ten Commandments.

Who is standing AGAINST the Ten Commandments display?  The ACLU of Kentucky, of course!  

Since 2005, we have defeated the ACLU in three other cases involving Ten Commandments displays. This lawsuit is one of several current cases in which Liberty Counsel is yet again facing the deep-pocketed bullies of the American Civil Liberties Union.  

++The ACLU is a menace.           

The Liberty Counsel staff fights daily on behalf of life, liberty, and family in crucial cases confronting the ACLU and other anti-freedom organizations, recently including the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).  

These days, it is difficult to distinguish
 between the ACLU’s leftist positions and those of our own government!  In fact, Attorney General Eric Holder has hired scores of ACLU lawyers to staff the Obama DOJ.

The DOJ and the ACLU are surrounded by other radical legal groups that have access to huge war chests, as well.

++The “Legal Left” is a tight-knit confederacy.

CAIR and the ACLU have partnered in several other cases over the years. Now, both organizations refuse to accept Oklahomans’ clearly expressed will, even though it was demonstrated through an overwhelming majority vote.

Once again, the courts are being used to overrule the voices of citizens…as they have time and
time again in other cases across our nation. The phenomenon of radical judges legislating from the bench has become commonplace!  

Many other states, which are considering passing similar measures against Sharia law and
international legal standards, are watching the Oklahoma case very closely.

As I’ve written over the past few days, our caseload has reached a boiling point in recent months! We are battling the ACLU and other organizations in hundreds of cases,
motions, filings, briefs, and other legal actions in which Liberty Counsel is engaged.

But we refuse to back off from doing everything in our power to stand in defense of our constitutional freedoms! We are confronting
anti-religious organizations and misguided institutions ranging from local school boards to the federal government.

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SNIPS FROM OTHER RECENT LIBERTY COUNSEL UPDATES THIS PAST WEEK:

ELECTIONS SUMMARY:

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We were pushed to the edge by unprecedented government growth, the subversion of our Constitution, the ObamaCare healthcare
“reform” debacle, unjustified and reckless spending, and myriad other provocations and insults from those in power.

Today, countless observers are sharing interesting and valuable perspectives on what was surely a historic election.  I feel the impact of the 2010 midterm elections will prove to be far deeper than can be readily apparent on “the day after.”

In fact, I believe the 2010 election cycle will be intensely studied for many years to come.  I believe we are just beginning to realize how significant an event we have witnessed – and the challenges that lie immediately ahead.

Please take a moment to consider with me just
one of the lesser-discussed outcomes of
yesterday’s polling that illustrates the
extraordinary depth of what we have just
experienced…

++The historic Iowa slap down.

In Iowa, the citizenry had enough of judges thwarting the clear will of the People. Of seven Iowa Supreme Court Justices who overturned the state’s referendum to define marriage as being between one man and one woman, three
were up for a retention vote. All three failed to retain the approval of the people of Iowa!

Better than 54 percent of voters rejected all three judges!  This is a clear warning to judges across the nation who are considering capitulating to the pro-homosexual lobby and somehow “finding” support for redefining marriage in the law.

Normally, judges are retained without controversy, but because these judges overpowered the rights and the will of the citizens of their state, ALL THREE lost their jobs. When these judges signed the notorious same-sex “marriage” ruling, they signed their own dismissal orders!

As we have extensively pointed out, their decision was a gross overreach of their power, a misinterpretation of the Constitution, and a disregard for hundreds of years of precedent. The voters in Iowa recognized this lack of judgment and sternly rejected it!

This was a huge blow to the momentum of the pro-homosexual agenda on same-sex “marriage.” The people of Iowa recognized that these judges had acted outside of their authority in an effort to overpower the will of the People, becoming
black-robed tyrants in the process.

++Statism has been firmly rebuked by the People.

This morning, John Boehner, likely the next Speaker of the House, said this:

“Across the country right now we’re witnessing
a repudiation of Washington, a repudiation of
big government, and a repudiation of politicians
who refuse to listen to the American people…”

I believe that is exactly what voters were saying!

Representative Boehner then promised:

“The people’s priorities will be our priorities, and the people’s agenda will be our agenda.  This is our pledge to America, and this is our pledge to you.”

Of course, we have heard similar pledges in the past – pledges that have not always been fulfilled.  In many ways, the historic 2010 elections signal the start of a new era in American government.  Putting a new face on Congress is only the beginning. We must perpetually hold each and
every one of our elected representatives accountable for their votes, their legislative proposals, and their willingness to affirm values shared by the majority of Americans!

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++We can’t get caught up in euphoria over the election results.


Sadly, our nation remains vulnerable and weakened by the dramatic “lurch to the left” that was repudiated at the polls this week.  The fact is, an intentional and strategic assault on our nation’s core values of life, liberty, and family has been underway for many years now. 

And the appointments of liberal and radical judges in the federal court system by President Obama and the 111th Congress will continually create challenges for pro-faith, pro-life, and pro-family causes in America well into the future.  That’s why our caseload has rapidly grown in recent years. 

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We will be closely monitoring the “lame duck” session of the 111th Congress scheduled to reconvene this month.  Then, together, we will hold the new Congress accountable to the tasks they were elected to perform.

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If you would like to express a vote of confidence in our ongoing defense of life, liberty, and family, please click here to make a special donation to Liberty Counsel to help us prepare for the battles just ahead:
http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?U=34618&CID=310&RID=24051699

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11/12/10:  NEW WATCHDOG SITE & NEW “HOLD THEIR FEET TO THE FIRE!” PETITION & CAMPAIGN & WARNINGS RE POSSIBLE LAME DUCK LEGISLATION

From: “Liberty Counsel” <alert@libertyaction.org>
Date: November 12, 2010 7:06:15 PM EST
Subject: Let’s hold their feet to the fire!

Liberty Counsel
Mathew Staver

Founder/Chairman

Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi take center stage again next week, seemingly unrepentant after the harsh rejection of their agenda in the
midterm elections. What damage will they try to do now?  How can we stop them from doing it?  See my urgent message below – Mat. 

11/12/2010

Next Monday 11/15/10, the “lame duck” session of the 111th Congress
convenes.  So far, reports are vague as to what the discredited Obama/ Reid/Pelosi axis of power has up its sleeve for this final session of what is arguably the most corrupt Congress
in American history.  

On Election Day, “We the People” overwhelmingly rejected the policies advanced by President Obama and his super-majority Democratic legislature.  Their unbelievable
arrogance stirred a deep resolve among patriotic citizens of all parties (and those with no party) to stop them from remaking the United States of America into a socialist nation. 

Yet, nothing would surprise me as to the agenda being put together by this outgoing congressional body. 

Have they learned anything from the “shellacking” (President Obama’s word) they got on Election Day? Or will they use this session to try to push through last-minute measures like… 

*Tax Increases by not extending the Bush-era tax cuts

*The Disclose Act – a “union friendly” campaign finance reform act that negatively affects non-profit organizations 

*Repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy

*Confirmation of as many radical judges as possible

*New “Cap and Tax” legislation 

++Americans demand, “Change course NOW”!

Election Day 2010 was only the beginning of the end of Barack
Obama’s socialist “change.” The Left hopes that the sleeping giant that awoke and went to the polls in record numbers on November 2nd will just go back to sleep. 

But in order to keep the ground we just gained, we MUST hold the President, his administration, the outgoing 111th Congress, and the incoming 112th Congress accountable to the new mandates they have received from the American
people! 

That is why Liberty Counsel has launched our powerful new “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” campaign and petition. 

++Let’s hold our officials accountable! 

The “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” petition – and several other important campaign components – will unite hundreds of thousands of citizens who staunchly support the midterm 
elections’ rejection of the Obama/ Pelosi/Reid agenda. 

The radical socialist, pro-homosexual, and antifamily agenda can be STOPPED if our newly elected legislators and state Governors do what we have positioned them to do!  

But our message will be even more intense and immediate to the “Lame Duck” 111th Congress: “Change course NOW!” is our demand.  DO NOT wait until January to turn around! 

Throughout the course of this ongoing campaign we will 
consistently insist that our elected officials return to the pro-faith, pro-life, pro-family values upon which this
nation was founded! 

The “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” petition lists ten specific action items that we are calling on the 111th and 112th Congress to accomplish
on behalf of the tens of millions of voters, people like you and me, who mandated a change of course in polls across our nation.   

Liberty Counsel’s Washington, DC, office will ensure that your “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” mandate will be hand delivered to key members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives – perhaps even several times – both during the lame duck session and the new Congress
we just elected. 

Go here now to sign our “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” Petition and to read the ten congressional mandates: 
http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?u=34848&RID=24051699

++A call to active citizenship.

Our nation is at a crossroads. The 2010 election cycle is a reminder that we CAN make a difference in the future of America. But now is not the time to relax! 

The battle is not over – it has just begun!  We need to stop the anti-American policies we have witnessed over the past two years and restore the Constitution and adherence to the first principles that made America great!

This is a call to active citizenship – a call that requires us to put aside apathy and to commit ourselves to fight for our God-given liberties. We are called to influence civil government through prayer and action so that we can, “lead quiet and peaceable lives in all godliness and reverence” (1 Timothy 2:2).

Just for signing our petition, you will receive our “Call to Active Citizenship” brochure and the official “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” campaign sticker as our FREE gifts to you.

The Liberty Counsel “Call to Active Citizenship” brochure lists ten effective ways that you can embrace the call to shape America’s future. You can make America better now…
and deliver a brighter future for generations to come!

Go here to sign our “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” petition, to read our mandates to Congress, and to receive your TWO FREE GIFTS:  The “Call to Active Citizenship” brochure 
and the official “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” campaign sticker.
http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?u=34848&RID=24051699

++Don’t be misled:  The heat on the “lame ducks” is intense! 

You can just imagine the pressure the Obama/Reid/Pelosi political machine is applying to outgoing legislators and even those who will remain for the new session. After all,
what do THEY have to lose?  Ram through unwanted legislation – then get out of Washington for Christmas and/or forever! 

Sound familiar? That’s exactly what the Senate did with the ObamaCare legislation last year. 

The statists also know the likelihood of getting their pet legislation passed will be dramatically reduced when the
112th Congress is seated in January.    

Over the next crucial weeks, we will be closely monitoring the agenda of the lame duck session of Congress and apprise you of critical “calls
to action.”

I urge you to sign our “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” petition.  We will share your views – along with those of many thousands of your fellow concerned Americans – with key elected officials in the 111th and 112th Congress, government
bureaucrats, the media, and wherever else this imperative message can be strategically delivered.
http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?u=34848&RID=24051699

Also, watch for important news concerning a new “watchdog”
website that our Liberty Counsel team is developing!  Our strategically located office in Washington, DC, will be providing timely updates and alerts through this new service.

It will be a comprehensive citizen action tool that will include facts on legislation that supports or undermines our core values, updated reports on Liberty Counsel’s public policy initiatives, government contact information, links to agencies, and much more. I will be updating you 
concerning this powerful new resource very soon. 

Together, using every resource available, we WILL “Hold
Their Feet to the Fire”!

The lame duck session of Congress will be a perilous time under the direction of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. Preliminary reports are vague concerning their potential agenda, but we are already hearing that Nancy Pelosi intends to ram as much pro-homosexual legislation as possible through during her last days as Speaker of the House.  


I URGE you to sign our congressional accountability petition today!  “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” simply by signing the petition and then receive your free items: Our “Call to Active Citizenship” brochure and the official “Hold Their Feet to the Fire” campaign sticker.   
http://www.libertyaction.org/r.asp?u=34848&RID=24051699

Again, thank you and God bless you!

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CASE DOCKET REPORT:  NOVEMBER 2010

Liberty Counsel’s litigation schedule has never been more extensive.  We are faced daily with defending our constitutional freedoms from anti-religious organizations like the ACLU and misguided institutions ranging from local
school boards to the federal government. 

The fact is, an intentional and strategic assault on our nation’s core values of life, liberty, and family has been underway for many years now. And the appointments of liberal and radical judges in the federal court system by President Obama and the 111th Congress will continually create 
challenges for pro-faith, pro-life, and pro-family causes in America well into the future.   

That’s why our caseload has rapidly grown in recent years.  Here is a snapshot of just a few of the cases Liberty Counsel is actively litigating right now…

**ACLU Violates Ethics Rules to Continue Oppressing Christians

For many months, Liberty Counsel has been fighting in court to stop the ACLU’s anti-faith “Consent Decree” from silencing Christians in Santa Rosa County, Florida. Recently, the ACLU
named a school principal as supporting their petition to have an unconstitutional, anti-faith “Consent Decree” enforced within the school system – without the principal’s knowledge! This is the SECOND overtly unethical act we have 
discovered the ACLU committing during this case. We simply must continue to dedicate all the necessary resources to fight and win this pivotal case.

**Liberty Counsel Faces Off Against Justice Department Over Constitutionality of ObamaCare

Last month, I was in Federal District Court advancing our lawsuit against ObamaCare. The heart of our case is that the “individual mandate” forcing Americans to buy insurance is unconstitutional.  I feel certain that the judge will
rule that the Obama Department of Justice’s attempt to have our suit dismissed will be denied. 

**VICTORY: Bibles Can Be Distributed In Public School

In Collier County, Florida, students were banned from receiving Bibles from our client, World Changers, at school. Officials claimed that the Bibles do not provide any educational benefit to the students and that their distribution violates the so-called “separation of church and state.” We successfully defended World Changers and
they will now be able to freely distribute Bibles to 
those students who voluntarily accept one. Friends of Liberty Counsel made this victory possible!

**Supreme Court Filing To Defend Ten Commandments

Just days ago, we filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court requesting they take our case involving the “Foundations of American Law and Government” display in a Kentucky courthouse, which includes the Ten Commandments. We have
argued before the High Court in a similar case and I feel there is a good chance they will accept our current petition.   

**Pro-Life Amendment Wins Against ACLU and Planned Parenthood with Liberty Counsel Backing

In Mississippi, Judge Malcolm Harrison ruled in state circuit court that Personhood Mississippi can include a ballot to amend the state’s Constitution in the 2011 elections. The amendment is designed to stop abortions by recognizing pre-borns as “persons” who have rights under the law.  Liberty Counsel defended Personhood Mississippi against attacks from the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, both of which filed suit against the petition. 

**VICTORY: Rights of Students to Sing About Jesus Defended

In the Itasca Public School District outside of Chicago, Illinois, Liberty Counsel successfully defended the rights of two students who wanted to sing “Call on Jesus” in their school’s talent show but were initially refused permission. 

The items listed above are just a few of the hundreds of cases, motions, filings, briefs, and other legal actions Liberty Counsel has undertaken in recent weeks, and we anticipate our caseload will continue to grow.

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Right now, both our legal staff and our budget are stretched well beyond what we could have anticipated at this point in 2010. Our need is even more critical at the end of this pivotal year because those championing the radical Left’s agenda will likely increase their efforts in our nation’s judicial system after their massive Election Day losses. 

Your prayers and sacrificial giving make it possible for us to continue.  We depend on friends who give $20, $30, $50, $100 – whatever the Lord leads – so we can stay involved in crucial battles at every level of our judicial system. 

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Your support of Liberty Counsel is vital.  THANK YOU for all you do as a key member of the Liberty Counsel team!

Mathew Staver,

Founder/Chairman
Liberty Counsel

P.S. The will of the American people is being marginalized once again, this time in Oklahoma. The ACLU is endorsing the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) lawsuit
supporting Sharia law, while opposing even the public display of the Ten Commandments.  There seems to be no end to the ACLU’s hypocrisy!

Our team fights daily against the rise of Big Government, radical pro-homosexual forces, anti-faith initiatives, the attacks of the ACLU, and the activities of many other
radical legal groups. Please consider a generous gift today.  Again, thank you and God bless you!
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