Supreme Court Win Non-Discrimination Laws Students HHS Regulations Right to Attend Church Churches Violate Zoning by Meeting in Theater Defending Limits on Nude Dance Club Win for Church's Homeless Ministry

BREAKING: More students fight for privacy rights, join lawsuit against PA school district

School continues unwritten policy, told students to ‘tolerate’ undressing with members of the opposite sex PHILADELPHIA – Additional students have joined a federal lawsuit against the Boyertown Area School District (BASD) for intentionally violating their fundamental right to bodily privacy. Without any notice to students or parents, BASD opened its schools’ sex-specific restrooms and locker […]

Lawsuit – PA School District tells student to ‘tolerate’ undressing with student of the opposite sex; to make it as ‘natural’ as possible.

SUMMARY: The Boyertown Area School District, without parent or student notification, made an unwritten change to school policy and opened its sex-specific restrooms and locker rooms to students of the opposite sex. When a student was standing in his underwear about to put his gym clothes on, he suddenly realized there was a member of […]

Supreme Court Brief Filed in Support of Choose-Life License Plate

Independence Law Center asks high court to stop censorship of “offensive” speech (HARRISBURG, PA) – The Independence Law Center, in conjunction with Jonathan D. Christman of Fox Rothschild LLP, filed a brief on February 13, 2015 with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Children First Foundation, a pro-adoption nonprofit that has been promoting its […]

Supreme Court Affirms Nation’s Commitment to Religious Liberty

Independence Law Center hails victory for Lancaster company Conestoga Wood Specialties in abortifacient mandate case (HARRISBURG, PA) – Today the United States Supreme Court affirmed our nation’s historic understanding of religious liberty by providing an exception to the abortifacient mandate that had been handed down by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part […]

Protecting Religious Freedom of Businesses

A legal brief was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the appeal of Conestoga Wood Specialties and its owners, the Hahn family, in a case that is being closely watched nationally, along with the case of Hobby Lobby, because of its implications for religious freedom.   Conestoga, a wood cabinet business, […]

Standing Up for the Religious Freedom of Students

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled unanimously in favor of a student whose invitations to a church Christmas party, while in the 5th grade, were singled out and prohibited even though other student invitations were permitted.   One would have thought that this issue could have been worked out once the Pocono […]

Protecting Freedom of Religion from Non-Discrimination Laws

The Pennsylvania Human Relations—charged with enforcing Pennsylvania’s non-discrimination laws—entered a Final Order allowing Prudhomme’s Lost Cajun Kitchen to continue offering a discount on Sundays to persons who come with a current church bulletin. Intolerant of religion in society, the Freedom from Religion Foundation and one of its members brought a Complaint with Pennsylvania’s non-discrimination agency, […]

Advocating for Parental Rights Before the U.S. Supreme Court

The Independence Law Center filed an amici brief before the U.S. Supreme Court asking the Court to respect parental rights. The case involves an amazing set of facts.

Good News for Life and the Disabled

The Independence Law Center won a case involving David Hockenberry, a mentally retarded man whose guardians sought court approval to refuse life-preserving medical treatment.

“Released Time” for Public Schools

In Pennsylvania, as in many other states, there is a law allowing for “released time” for public school students to receive religious instruction outside of school during the school day. A group in Pennsylvania called Weekday Religious Education does just that. Once a week, during lunch and recess, they feed lunch to participating elementary students […]

Law Center Wins Fight Against Church Taxation

Northmoreland Baptist Church recently built a new facility in order to carry on its Gospel mission more effectively. Wyoming County, however, has assessed property taxes for part of the church’s facility, namely the Fellowship Hall.

A Teenager is Protected from a Forced Abortion

Attorney Randall Wenger was given the unique opportunity of helping a minor teenager save her baby. She was being pressured by her mother to have an abortion.

Victory for King’s Men—Men’s Group Sued for Standing Against Pornography

The Independence Law Center went to court and came out victorious on behalf of The King’s Men, an organization that was sued by a sex-oriented business. Members of The King’s Men (thekingsmen.org) are a presence outside of some “adult” bookstores and strip clubs in Southeastern Pennsylvania, holding signs and encouraging men to stop frequenting such establishments. In attempting […]

PA Supreme Court Upholds Respect for Parental Consent

Just before Christmas of 2010, the Independence Law Center filed an amici brief on behalf of the Pa. Family Institute, the Pa. Pro-Life Federation, the Pa. Catholic Conference, and about 60 state legislators in a case called In the Interest of Jane Doe, which involved a minor seeking an abortion. State law requires a minor […]

Right to Attend Church

The Independence Law Center worked with a man who was prohibited by his probation officer from attending church. After receiving advice from the Law Center, the man was able to work out the situation with the probation officer so that his right to attend Sunday services and Wednesday evening Bible studies has been restored.

Win for Church’s Homeless Ministry

A Methodist Church in suburban Philadelphia took seriously the scriptural call to help the poor. They opened a homeless ministry to allow persons facing homelessness to stay at the church free of charge and to receive counseling while they got back on their feet financially. The Township zoning officer took a different view of the […]

Churches “Violate” Zoning by Meeting in Theater

Two churches have been in contact with the Independence Law Center after they were told they were violating zoning by meeting in a theater. One of the churches, meeting in a theater in Montgomery County, was told that they were in violation because “religious uses” were not permitted in a “shopping” zone. The Independence Law […]

Defending Limits on Nude Dance Club

Good news: Coyotes, a nude dance club in Bucks County, Pa, has closed for business, and the building is going up for sheriff’s sale! The Independence Law Center was on the case, helping local activists and township officials take steps to restrict and possibly even shut down this strip club. Working with a local men’s […]