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

Law center fights battles of faith

“His organization ‘relies on the Thomas More Law Center as a faithful and extremely effective ally in promoting and defending the traditional family values shared by most Americans,’ said Gary Glenn, president of American Family Association of Michigan, an organization best known for fighting gay rights.”
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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 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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LOVE crusade captures attention

Dear AFA-Michigan supporter,

I hope you will find this encouraging, a group of concerned parents who are doing an inspired and extremely effective job of communicating support for traditional family values in their community and public schools.

Gary Glenn

“The grass-roots traditional values group has been a thorn in the side of the Howell Public Schools Board of Education since June, when the group approached the board with an offer to provide enough copies of the national motto — “In God We Trustâ€? — to hang in every classroom in the district. …The district has rejected the offer, but the group has been persistent in its message, continuing to push the issue, most recently noting that on Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal to have the motto removed from a government building in North Carolina.”


MAJOR VICTORY — Supreme Court lets "In God We Trust" stand

“The Supreme Court on Monday…did not comment in rejecting an appeal over an ‘In God We Trust’ inscription on the Davidson County Government Center in Lexington, N.C. The inscription, in 18-inch block letters, was paid for with donations from individuals and churches in 2002. …A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that ‘In God We Trust’ appears on the nation’s coins and was made the national motto by Congress. ‘In this situation, the reasonable observer must be deemed aware of the patriotic uses, both historical and present, of the phrase “In God We Trust,”‘ the court ruled.”
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ACTION ALERT! Urge Howell schools to display U.S. motto "In GodWe Trust"

When Howell High School’s homosexual student club hung the official “gay pride” flag in the school’s main stairwell to protest voter approval of the Marriage Protection Amendment, Howell school board members ignored parents’ protests and officially approved the display, even holding a flag dedication ceremony.

The same school board arrogantly refuses to allow displays of the national motto of the United States: “In God We Trust.”
Please support Howell parents taking a stand for their families and family values by expressing your opinion:

Howell Public Schools
Phone: 517-548-6200
E-mail: blairk@howellschools.com
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Flag flap chafes youth pastor

“Sam Belanger, youth pastor of Howell Assembly of God Church…wants his name removed from the resolution because of the continuing controversy of the rainbow flag hung in the school by the Diversity Club and approved by district administration. …Opponents to the public display of the flag have stated it represents gay pride and promotes homosexuality in the school. …What he said he originally saw as a ‘statement of good faith toward honoring diversity’ has become a ‘full-blown approval of the homosexual lifestyle,’ which stood in opposition of his personal beliefs.”
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Group won't let motto, rainbow flag issues die

Howell school board again rejects LOVE’s requests

by Stephenie Koehn, News Staff Reporter

It appears that a local group calling itself the Livingston Organization for Values in Education is unwilling to accept “no” for an answer to its offer to provide copies of the motto “In God We Trust” to be hung in Howell Public Schools classrooms.

Although representatives of LOVE have been told on several occasions that the district’s Board of Education is not interested in its offer and also that it has no intention of ordering the high school Diversity Club to remove a rainbow-colored flag to which they object, LOVE members continue to argue the subject with school officials.
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Activists press board on values

by Christopher Nagy; Daily Press & Argus

A group of community activists can’t yet define the “traditional family values” they endorse, although supporting the national motto is apparently one of them as the flap over the diversity flag at Howell High School continues.

The Howell Public Schools Board of Education begged off from accepting a framed copy of the phrase “In God We Trust” at its meeting Monday night. A grass-roots group calling itself the Livingston Organization for Values in Education — or LOVE — offered the gift to the school board for display in the district’s administrative offices. The group also said it was willing to provide the district with enough copies of the motto to display in every classroom before the board put the brakes on the offer.

School board President Mary Jo Dymond said the district didn’t want to put itself in a potentially litigious situation.
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