AFA-Michigan files amicus brief with Appeals Court

Amendment co-author files amicus brief Wednesday

Marriage amendment bans recognition of homosexual relationships “for any purpose,”
including benefits, group tells appeals court

Benefit plans offered broadly to all employees still allowed

+ PDF file of full amicus brief is downloadable here +

Gary GlennLANSING — A Marriage Protection Amendment approved by nearly 60 percent of Michigan voters in 2004 prohibits government from recognizing homosexual relationships as equal or similar to marriage for any purpose, including as a basis for providing taxpayer-financed benefits to government employees, the family values group that first proposed and co-authored the amendment told a state Court of Appeals Wednesday.

The American Family Association of Michigan, in an “amicus” brief filed with the court, joined Attorney General Mike Cox in asking the Court of Appeals to overturn a decision by Circuit Court Judge Joyce Draganchuk, who ruled in 2005 that the amendment does not affect “domestic partner” benefit plans based on government recognition of homosexual relationships. Draganchuk’s ruling was expected following endorsement of her 2004 election campaign by two homosexual activist political action committees.
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6th Circuit rejects "separation of church and state"

Values group hails unanimous decision Tuesday

6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals:
“The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state.”

CINCINNATI — In an astounding return to judicial interpretation of the actual text of the United States Constitution, a unanimous panel of the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Tuesday issued an historic decision declaring that “the First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state.”

In upholding a Kentucky county’s right to display the Ten Commandments, the panel called the American Civil Liberties Union’s repeated claims to the contrary “extra-constitutional” and “tiresome.”

See Cincinnat Enquirer.

See page 13 of full Court of Appeals decision.

“Patriotic Americans should observe a day of prayer and thanksgiving for this stunning and historic reversal of half a century of misinformation and judicial distortion of the document that protects our religious freedoms,” said Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan.

“We are particularly excited that such an historic, factual, and truth-based decision is now a controlling precedent for the federal Court of Appeals that rules on all Michigan cases,” Glenn said.

6th Circuit Judge Richard Suhrheinrich wrote in the unanimous decision: “The ACLU makes repeated reference to the ‘separation of church and state.’ This extra-constitutional construct has grown tiresome. The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state. Our nation’s history is replete with governmental acknowledgment and in some cases, accommodation of religion.”

The words “separation of church and state” do not appear in the U.S. Constitution, though according to polls, a majority of Americans have been misled to believe that they do, Glenn said. For background information, see: http://www.answers.com/topic/separation-of-church-and-state-in-the-united-states

AFA-Michigan blasts U-M class "How to be Gay"

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, brings back “How to be Gay: Male Homosexuality & Initiation”

Family group renews criticism of tax-funded college class “How to be Gay”

U-M catalogue calls class “an experiment in the very process of initiation it hopes to understand.”

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A statewide family values group Monday renewed its criticism of a controversial University of Michigan class — offered this fall for the first time since 2003 — again calling on state lawmakers to pressure university officials to drop the course altogether.

The American Family Association of Michigan, in a letter to supporters statewide, condemned U-M for again offering the class, titled “How to be Gay: Male Homosexuality & Initiation.”

“Every time U-M offers this ludicrous class, you and I cannot fail to speak out against it,” Glenn wrote. “And we must take full advantage every time of the invaluable opportunity to point to (the class) as proof of homosexual activists’ ‘political militancy,’ to expose their use of our public education system to indoctrinate young people, and to hold accountable those politically correct or timid politicians who stand silently by and do nothing to stop it.”
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AFA-Michigan offers to pay fines, legal fees for Novi homeowners

UPDATE: Thanks to some quick work by our faithful allies at the Thomas More Law Center, the neighborhood association mentioned below has already apologized in writing to the Samonas and even sent them a “holiday” fruit basket, which the family forwarded to a local charity. Salute and Merry Christmas to this courageous family and our friends at TMLC.

Gary Glenn, President
AFA-Michigan


AFA-Michigan offers to pay fines, legal fees for Novi homeowners

Group says neighborhood Nativity ban discriminates against Christians, compares to race-based covenants

NOVI, Mich. — A Novi neighborhood association’s attempt to ban Christmas decorations that feature the Baby Jesus and other Biblical figures associated with the birth of Christ is as blatantly unlawful, unconstitutional, and discriminatory toward Christians as neighborhood covenants that once prohibited African-Americans from purchasing homes, a statewide family values group charged Wednesday.
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Plymouth High plans R-rated movie in class Monday

Film mocks rape, underage sex, includes “couple dozen F-words”

Plymouth High to show R-rated movie
in class Monday, over parent’s objection

Gary Glenn, President
AFA of Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Nov. 18, 2005

CONTACT:
Gary Glenn 989-835-7978
Plymouth High 734-582-5500 (upon voicemail prompt, dial 6)

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PLYMOUTH, Mich. — Parents in Plymouth and Canton will be disappointed to learn that when it comes to what movies are appropriate for teenagers, even Hollywood has higher standards than their local public school system, a statewide family values organization said Friday.

“Impossible as it is to believe, it can’t be too reassuring to parents to learn that they can put more faith in Hollywood to help protect their teens from inappropriate movies than they can the local school system,” said Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan.

Glenn’s comments came in response to a request for help from the father of a Plymouth High School student who objects to plans by his 16-year old son’s U.S. government class to show the R-rated movie “Wag the Dog” during class on Monday. He confirmed the planned showing in a telephone conversation with Plymouth High Principal Dr. Michael Bee.
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AFA-Michigan leader and son to join hurricane relief effort

Group leaves Wednesday for Mississippi, Louisiana

MIDLAND, Mich. — Gary Glenn, Midland, president of the American Family Association of Michigan (www.AFAMichigan.org) will leave Michigan Wednesday with a Christian group traveling for twelve days to Louisiana and Mississippi to deliver ten tons of donated food items to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Glenn and other volunteers expect to work 12-hour days in food distribution centers and as otherwise needed.

“We hope to make a difference in people’s lives and set an example of compassion and charity that witnesses the love of Christ and encourages others to volunteer,” Glenn said. “Even way up here in Michigan, we don’t have to just watch it on TV.”

Glenn will be accompanied by his son Harrison, who will celebrate his 15th birthday Sept. 17th while participating in the relief effort. “Seeing the devastation with his own eyes and working long hours to help people who’ve lost all they have will be an invaluable life’s lesson,” Glenn said, “and a birthday that he will never forget.”

Plans include stops in Higgins and Gulfport, Mississippi, with a possible trip to Slidell, Louisiana, just north of New Orleans.

"Gay" web site advertises Richfield County Park worldwide as location for homosexual activity

Pro-family group thanks Pickell for cracking down on homosexual activity in public park

RICHFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A statewide family values group Monday thanked Genesee County Sheriff Robert J. Pickell for taking aggressive action to keep the county’s public parks “family friendly” by cracking down on men who gather at Richfield County Park to engage in public homosexual activity.

The American Family Association of Michigan — in a statement e-mailed Monday morning to Pickell — reported that Richfield County Park is advertised worldwide on a homosexual web site as a location where men can go in the Flint area to find other men willing to perform homosexual acts in public.

AFA-Michigan President Gary Glenn, Midland, also urged local school officials to suspend an assistant principal and a teacher who are among those men arrested in recent weeks for soliciting homosexual activity at the park.
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Troy council approves "National Day of Prayer" permit (again)

American Family Association of Michigan
NEWS RELEASE www.AFAMichigan.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 19, 2005

CONTACT: Gary Glenn 989-835-7978
Troy City Manager 248-524-3330

Religious freedom groups threatened federal civil rights lawsuits

Troy council approves National Day of Prayer permit (again)

TROY, Mich. — After months of controversy, flip-flops, and threats of legal action, the Troy City Council at 2:00 a.m. Tuesday morning voted 4-to-3 to approve Councilman Dave Lambert’s motion to once again approve a local citizens group’s application for a permit to hold a National Day of Prayer ceremony May 5th at Veterans Plaza in front of city hall, the site of the same group’s event each of the last five years.

Lambert and city council members Cristina Broomfield, Jeanne Stine, and Martin Howrylack voted in favor of the permit, while Mayor Louise Schilling and council members Robin Beltramini and David Eisenbacher voted against it.

Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, testified Monday night before city council, telling members that “the machinations of the last two months would lead a reasonable person to believe that some members of city council are guilty of willful collusion to deny the National Day of Prayer Task Force its constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom, free speech, and equal access rights.”

“After routinely allowing all manner of organizations to meet at Veterans Park, including this very same Christian prayer group each year for a decade, you cannot now arbitrarily deny the National Day of Prayer Task Force equal access to city hall,” Glenn said, “and cannot make the group’s free exercise of its constitutional rights contingent on the presence of other groups who share a different faith.”

“It’s not up to the mayor and city council to decide or dictate the terms under which private citizens can peacefully exercise their constitutional free speech rights, including on city property routinely allowed to be used as a public forum,” he said.
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American Family Association launches first Michigan radio station

American Family Association of Michigan
NEWS RELEASE www.AFAMichigan.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 19, 2005

CONTACT: Gary Glenn 989-835-7978
Katherine Hooks, AFA Radio 800-326-4543 x 227

WMCQ 91.7 FM on air with 6,000 watts in Muskegon, Grand Rapids

American Family Association launches first Michigan radio station

AFA-Michigan says station will increase its impact on family values issues in the state

MUSKEGON, Mi. — The American Family Association — a traditional values organization and national religious broadcaster with over 180 radio stations in 35 states — this month launched its first radio station in Michigan, a move the group’s statewide affiliate in Michigan says will increase its impact on family values issues in the state.

“We’re ecstatic,” said Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan. “American Family Radio will join other Christian stations in informing and empowering listeners who care about protecting marriage and the family and our religious free speech rights. For the first time in Michigan, AFA will have the in-house ability — on a daily basis — to directly inform, motivate, and call Christian listeners to action on important issues that affect families and family values in Michigan and nationally.”

“We’ve been effective before in promoting a Marriage Protection Amendment to our state constitution, warning parents about the dangers of pornography, and defending the free speech rights of people of faith,” Glenn said. “With a new station promoting our traditional family values views seven days a week in one of the state’s major media markets, AFA-Michigan will be all the more effective now.”

Call letters for the new 6,000-watt FM channel will be WMCQ, located at 91.7 on the FM dial. It will broadcast roughly 20 hours a day to listeners in Kent, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa counties featuring religious programming plus news and commentary by AFA Chairman Don Wildmon, Focus on the Family’s Dr. James Dobson, religious broadcasters Dr. D. James Kennedy and Chuck Colson, the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” and traditional values activist Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum. (Programming schedule: www.afr.net/newafr/program.asp)

The American Family Association was founded in 1977 by United Methodist pastor Dr. Don Wildmon, who still serves as its chairman and launched the first American Family Radio station in 1991. (History of American Family Radio: www.afr.net/newafr/about.asp)

The American Family Association of Michigan was formed as AFA’s statewide affiliate in 1988. Glenn has served as president of the state group since 1999.

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Group demands Troy city council approve permit for National Day of Prayer event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 12, 2005

CONTACT: Gary Glenn 989-835-7978

Steven Crampton 1-800-326-4543
Chief Counsel, AFA Center for Law & Policy

Troy City Manager 248-524-3330

Formal threat of federal civil rights lawsuit delivered

Group demands Troy city council approve permit for National Day of Prayer event

TROY, Mich. — Lawyers for a statewide family values organization Wednesday afternoon sent formal notice to Troy city officials that they city will face a federal civil rights lawsuit if they continue to unconstitutionally refuse approval of a Christian group’s request for a permit to hold a National Day of Prayer ceremony May 5th at Veterans Plaza in front of city hall, the site of the group’s annual event each year for the past decade.

Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, in a statement Wednesday accused Mayor Schilling and two Troy City Council members who voted against approving the permit of “heavy-handed bigotry and collusion to deny the National Day of Prayer Task Force its constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom, free speech, and equal access rights.”

“After routinely allowing all manner of organizations to meet at Veterans Park, including this very same Christian prayer group each year for a decade, Mayor Schilling and her ‘P.C. police’ cannot now arbitrarily deny the National Day of Prayer Task Force equal access to city hall,” Glenn said, “and cannot make the group’s free exercise of its constitutional rights contingent on the presence of other groups who share a different faith.”

“It’s not up to Mayor Schilling and her allies to decide or dictate the terms under which private citizens can peacefully exercise their constitutional free speech rights, including on city property routinely allowed to be used as a public forum,” he said.

AFA-Michigan’s national legal affiliate Wednesday faxed a formal demand letter to city hall advising Troy officials that if the permit continues to be unconstitutionally denied, they will face a federal civil rights lawsuit.

“The National Day of Prayer group has a constitutional right to use the Veterans Plaza, and denial of the forum under these circumstances is unconstitutional,” wrote Steven M. Crampton, chief legal counsel fo rthe American Family Association Center for Law & Policy, headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi. “We therefore demand that the City promptly grant the initial NDP application for permission to use Veterans Plaza and cease and desist from its efforts to interfere with the rights of the NDP group.”

“If we do not receive written confirmation of the City’s (approval) no later than close of business Tuesday, April 19, 2005, we shall have no choice but to seek relief in federal court,” Crampton wrote.

He also wrote that “further denial of the clearly established rights of the NDP group may result in the imposition of punitive damages against City officials in their individual capacity.”

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