Sunday, October 21, 2012

Religious Freedom - #4315 - Judge Sides with Texas Cheerleader Ban on Bible Banners - Violates Their Free Speech Rights - The Blaze (2) Marijuana Legalization on Ballot in 3 States - Baptist Press (3) State-by-State Advocacy of U.S. Religious Liberty Launches - Baptist Press

A judge says an East Texas school district policy barring cheerleaders from quoting biblical scripture on banners at high school football games appears to violate their free speech rights. KFDM television in Beaumont reports that District Judge Steve Thomas issued an injunction allowing the Kountze (KOONTZ) High School cheerleaders to continue displaying such banners pending the outcome of a lawsuit about the matter. He previously granted a temporary restraining order allowing the practice to continue. The trial date has been set for June 24, 2013. The school district ordered the cheerleaders to stop quoting Bible verses after receiving a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The group says it received a complaint from an atheist attending a game who felt the school was promoting Christianity.  Read more......

Marijuana Legalization on Ballot in 3 States - Baptist Press - Voters in three states -- Colorado, Washington and Oregon -- will decide on Election Day whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, possibly becoming the first in the nation to further liberalize policies that began with allowing use of the drug for medical purposes. In Colorado and Washington particularly, polls indicate strong public support for legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. But pro-family leaders and drug enforcement officials alike have warned of the dire consequences of expanding availability and acceptance......Steve Schenewerk, pastor of Community Baptist Church in Winston, Ore., where medical marijuana is legal, told Baptist Press the sheriff's association in Oregon reported that one in five traffic stops in 2011 was linked to marijuana. "My local police chief tells me that the number one drug problem in our town of about 6,000 people is medical marijuana," said Schenewerk, who described his community as rural and conservative. He added that children in Winston have access to marijuana when it is prescribed as medicine for a family member, and children are experimenting with it. "The problem is the crime that's associated with it -- the selling, the violence, the addictions, the leading up to heroin," Schenewerk said of marijuana. "Heroin addiction is on the rise in our county, and it's because people are starting with marijuana and moving up to heroin and from there to methamphetamines. Read more........

State-by-State Advocacy of U.S. Religious Liberty Launches - Baptist Press - Representatives from nine state legislatures have announced the formation of state-level religious freedom caucuses in a new nationwide effort to combat religious discrimination. "There is a renewed interest in religious freedom in the country, and this growing attention is bringing together people of all religious faiths and political ideologies," Tim Schultz of the American Religious Freedom Program (ARFP) said during a teleconference Oct. 9. "Freedom of religion is a right that all lawmakers, and this includes state legislators, have a role in protecting and defending. "This is not an issue just for the courts," Schultz noted. With the assistance of a bipartisan group of more than 120 lawmakers -- 16 were present for the teleconference -- ARFP plans to inaugurate religious freedom caucuses in all 50 states by the end of 2013. The current states with caucuses are Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Tennessee.  Read more.......

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