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San Antonio Passes Ordinance Banning Anyone Who Opposes Homosexuality From Running For Office, Receiving A City Contract…

Chicago “Bubble Zone” Law Sees First Pro-Lifers Charged Opposing Abortion

Chicago, IL (LifeNews.com) — The first pro-life person has been charged under the new bubble zone law in Chicago that local citizens say has robbed them of their free speech rights outside abortion centers. The city council approved the new last October and pro-life groups say it targets those who provide women abortion alternatives.

Thomas More Society attorney Peter Breen entered a “not guilty” plea in court Tuesday morning on behalf of Joseph Holland, who was charged with disorderly conduct.

Holland, a Northwestern University graduate student, was praying the rosary on a public sidewalk outside the Planned Parenthood Near North abortion facility on July 3 when staff called the police, claiming that he had violated the new ordinance.

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Federal court says church bells ARE constitutional

by Eleanor Goldberg
Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) A federal court on Monday (April 19) ruled an ordinance in Phoenix, Ariz., trying to limit the sound of church bells is an unconstitutional impingement on religious expression.

In 2007, one day after Christ the King Cathedral moved two miles from its former location to a space near a fire station, neighbors complained the church’s electronic bells — rung every hour, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. — violated the city’s noise ordinance.

The ordinance, which prohibits “any unusual or disturbing” sound, also allows ice cream trucks to ring at 70 decibels. The church’s bells rang at 67 decibels.

“This is almost unheard of in American law,” said Gary McCaleb, an attorney with the conservative Alliance Defense Fund legal firm, who worked on the case.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson of the Phoenix Police Department agreed that the complaint was fairly “unusual,” but said the hourly ringing of the bells made Christ the King perhaps a bit different from other churches.

“We value the First Amendment,” Thompson said Wednesday. “But then we have the city ordinance. We were stuck in the middle.”

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Anti-abortion activists get look at Chicago’s new protest law

By Dan Simmons Tribune reporter
November 15, 2009

Corrina Gura walked a 50-foot-long orange rope down the center aisle of a room crowded with anti-abortion activists Saturday afternoon to show them their new reality.

She kept walking in the basement of St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church in Logan Square, finally stopping when the rope came taut and she was out of the room.Then Gura and Ann Scheidler stood at opposite ends of another orange rope, this one 8 feet.

“This is not a normal conversation distance, is it?” Scheidler asked the crowd, which laughed.

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Chicago Pro-Life Advocates Oppose Proposed Abortion Protest Bubble Zone

Chicago, IL (LifeNews.com) — Chicago is the latest city to target pro-life advocates with a proposal that would limit their free speech rights and prevent them from helping women going to area abortion centers. The Chicago City Council proposed an 8-foot bubble zone around abortion centers last Thursday.

The proposed ordinance would prohibit pro-life people from coming within eight feet of any person approaching an abortion business in the city.

It imposes a $500 fine for simply trying to talk to a woman about abortion as she walks to the entrance of the abortion facility.

Eric Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League tells LifeNews.com that the measure would be “devastating to our pro-life efforts, including sidewalk counseling.”

“Chicago abortionists — led by Planned Parenthood — are pushing the Chicago City Council to adopt,” the ordinance, he said. “The bubble zone would make sidewalk counseling nearly impossible within the city limits. Such a chilling attack on free speech could even halt the 40 Days for Life campaign going on right now.”

The proposed ordinance was passed by the Human Relations committee last week, and could be voted on by the City Council as early as Wednesday.

Scheidler is asking for pro-life advocates to contact the office of Mayor Daley and members of the city council to urge a no vote.

“I can’t emphasize enough how fatal this Bubble Zone would be,” he said. “Pro-life counselors are saving babies every week by talking intimately with abortion-bound mothers outside” the abortion centers.

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Gainesville Voters Set to Reverse Radical Homosexual Ordinance

Gainesville Voters Set to Reverse Radical Homosexual Ordinance

ANN ARBOR, MI – Ignoring enormous community opposition, the Gainesville, Florida City Council earlier this year enacted an ordinance that granted special privileges to men who perceive themselves as women to use women’s bathrooms in any school, business or public facility.As a result, a coalition of citizens and businesses, in Gainesville, formed “Citizens for Good Public Policy, ” for the purpose of enacting a Charter Amendment that would prevent the addition of such bizarre special categories to the City’s civil rights ordinance.

The group gathered 8,800 signatures, several thousand more than the 5,581 needed to place the Charter Amendment proposal on the March 2009 ballot. The supervisor of elections for Gainesville has until September 14, 2008 to certify the signatures. If passed by the voters, the Charter Amendment will invalidate the City Council’s recently enacted “gender identity” category, which most citizens agree creates awkward and potentially harmful situations.

The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan has been acting as legal counsel for Citizens for Good Public Policy. It has also been assisting leaders of other Florida Christian groups in their efforts to reverse the tide of the radical homosexual agenda, including David Caton of the “Florida Family Association” and Dennis Baxley of the “Christian Coalition of Florida.”

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center stated, “The concept of ‘gender identity’ was fashioned by radical homosexual groups and advocates to protect the bizarre sexual behavior of a few people. In practical effect, these types of ordinances end up being used to intimidate and prosecute Christians and anyone else who raises objections to this form of deviant behavior.”

The Charter Amendment would provide uniformity with established state and federal discrimination laws and eliminate the undue burden that special categories place on the activities and financial resources of citizens, businesses and taxpayers in Gainesville, Florida.

Cain Davis, the head of “Citizens For Good Public Policy” commented about gathering well over the requisite number of signatures, “The high number of petitions signed by the citizens of Gainesville serves as an indicator of the power held by citizens over elected officials who choose to push a far-left national agenda.” (Watch their video here.)

Community leaders also plan to run a slate of candidates during this election to have the city council reflect their values more than the current regime.

Dennis Baxley, Executive Director of the Christian Coalition of Florida commented, “The ‘Citizens for Good Public Policy’ have lead an outstanding effort and have shown that extremists with special rights agendas can be stopped, even in a liberal university town. Their successful petition drive demonstrates that government still belongs to the people who want liberty and justice for all, not special rights for special groups.”

The Thomas More Law Center will continue to act as legal council for “Citizens For Good Public Policy” throughout the signature verification process, the election, and after to help ensure the will of the people is not subverted by legal maneuvering of the current biased city council, or other radical groups bent on undermining the good people of Gainesville, Florida.

The Thomas More Law Center defends and promotes the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life through litigation, education, and related activities. It does not charge for its services. The Law Center is supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and is recognized by the IRS as a section 501(c)(3) organization. You may reach the Thomas More Law Center at (734) 827-2001 or visit our website at www.thomasmore.org.