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WASHINGTON, DC (September 3, 2010)

ADULT STEM CELL SCIENTISTS OPPOSE GOVERNMENT’S REQUEST TO LIFT FEDERAL JUDGE’S ORDER ENJOINING UNLAWFUL FEDERAL FUNDING OF RESEARCH INVOLVING THE DESTRUCTION OF LIVING HUMAN EMBRYOS

 

August 24, 2010 FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT ENJOINS THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS) AND ITS NATIONAL INSTITUTE

Advocates International (AI), part of the public interest legal team along with the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher (GD&C) who brought the case before the court more than a year ago, is pleased with the decision of the United States District Court of the District of Columbia yesterday enjoining HHS and NIH from unlawfully expending taxpayer funds on research involving the destruction of living human embryos. The district court’s opinion followed the decision by the United States Court of Appeals earlier this summer finding that doctors doing adult stem cell research have ‘competitive standing’ to sue.

AI Disappointed that Supreme Court Decision Fails to Determine Scope Law Student's 1st Amendment Freedoms in CLS v. Martinez (Ju

The United States Supreme Court announced a narrow ruling today holding that public universities may override a religious student group’s right to determine its leadership only if it denies that right to all student groups in the name of “diversity.” The Court remanded to the courts below the remaining factual questions of whether the government‘s so-called ‘all-comers policy’ lately imposed by the University of California’s Hastings College of Law to exclude recognition of a Christian law student organization at the school is unconstitutional, as applied.

FEDERAL COURT OF APPEAL REINSTATES CASE TO STOP FEDERAL FUNDING OF RESEARCH INVOLVING THE DESTRUCTION OF LIVING HUMAN EMBRYOS

WASHINGTON, DC (June 25, 2010). Today the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued its decision finding that doctors doing adult stem cell research have ‘competitive standing’ to sue. Therefore, the court reinstated the doctors’ federal lawsuit, filed last summer that seeks to preliminarily enjoin and ultimately overturn the controversial guidelines for public funding of embryonic stem cell research that the National Institutes of Health issued on July 7, 2009. The implementation of these guidelines marks the first time that taxpayer dollars will be used to fund research that will result in the destruction of human embryos. Since 1994, Congress has expressly banned NIH from funding research in which human embryos “are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death.”

AI Supports Freedoms of Expression, Religion and Association in CLS v. Martinez (April 18, 2010)

The United States Supreme Court hears oral arguments tomorrow in a case to decide whether a government ‘non-discrimination policy’ being imposed by the University of California’s Hastings College of Law to exclude recognition of a Christian law student organization at the school, based upon its Statement of Christian Faith, constitutes a discriminatory and unconstitutional deprivation of law students rights of free expression, religious free exercise and association.

AI Decries the Sectarian Violence in Nigeria and Announces its Justice for Jos Project

CLASFON, the Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria, joins with Advocates International to form an on-going project -The Justice for Jos Project to provide humanitarian and legal assistance to the survivors of the unprovoked attacks and monitoring

AI Files Amicus Brief Supporting Freedom of Expression, Religion and Association in CLS v. Martinez

Supreme Court poised to decide whether a state non-discrimination policy constitutes a discriminatory and unconstitutional deprivation of law students rights of free expression, religion and association

 

WASHINGTON, DC Today, in support of Christian Legal Society’s opening brief in the case, Advocates International (AI) filed its amicus curiae (‘friend of the court’) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. AI is asking the Court to defend the First Amendment rights of expression, religion and association by overturning the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' unpublished decision in Christian Legal Society v. Kane, which allowed University of California Hastings College of the Law to forbid its chapter of the Christian Legal Society to organize around shared religious and cultural beliefs. AI’s brief, which was one of 22 amicus briefs filed in support of reversing the Ninth Circuit’s decision, uniquely advised the Court that international law and applicable foreign law all weigh in favor of reversing the judgment below.

AI Calls on the Chinese Government To Follow its Constitution and Laws by Ending its Unlawful Detention of Gao Zhiseng

Advocates International, ChinaAid and Jubilee Campaign Urge the  Peoples Republic of China to free world-renowned human rights advocate, Gao Zhiseng, or tell the world where he is and why he is being coercively detained in violation of Chinese law.

Washington, DC— Earlier today, on the one-year anniversary of Gao’s disappearance, Freedom Now partnered with international human rights specialists Jerome A. Cohen, Irwin Cotler MP, David Matas, and David Kilgour to file a petition with the UN WORKING GROUP ON INVOLUNTARY DISAPPEARANCES.

The petition informs the UN Working Group of the violations of Criminal Procedure in Gao’s case and requests immediate assistance from the UN in ascertaining the whereabouts and condition of Gao Zhisheng. (See Freedom Now’s petition and press release.)

When Sex & Islam Trump Everything Else!

By Samuel E. Ericsson, Founder & President

 

May 2010,
 
Dear Friend,
 
Some book titles say it all. The title of J.B. Phillip’s classic, Your God Is Too Small!”  sums up the message. You don’t need to read the book. Likewise, Ray Comfort’s Nothing Created Everything: The Scientific Impossibility of Atheistic Evolution spends 221 pages showing that nothing created everything. When I spoke to 400 law students and professors in Sao Paulo, Brazil in March, I offered a $10,000 award to anyone who could prove beyond any doubt that nothing created everything. I’m still waiting for someone to take me up on my offer.
 
The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America by Richard John Neuhaustraces the devastating consequences of secularization on American society where Secularism dominates the public square and people of faith stay out. The secularist wants religion kept private – in the home and under the steeple. And religious people played along. But when you create a societal spiritual vacuum, new values and worldviews will fill the space.
 
THE OLD CHURCH-STATE DEBATE: When the Ericssons moved to the Washington, DC area in 1980 to plant the flag for Christian Legal Society (CLS) and direct its Center for Law & Religious Freedom, the church-state debate was largely between two camps:
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