“IMPEACH OBAMA” T-Shirts and Displaying American Flag Deemed Illegal by Town

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At issue is the enforcement of the Town of Campbell’s ordinance, 9.12, which prohibits the display of signs and flags on, or within 100 feet, of the only pedestrian overpass managed by the Town of Campbell. The Town enacted the ordinance on October 8, 2013 in response to some angry calls about the “Impeach Obama” expression on the t-shirts and the resulting media attention.

The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin on behalf of La Crosse residents Gregory Luce and Nicholas Newman against the Town of Campbell, its police chief, and one of his officers. Luce and Newman were participating in a nationwide movement called “Overpasses for America.”

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Ohio Mom Teams-up With TMLC to Remove Islamic Proselytizing Video from 7th Grade History Class

The Olmsted Falls City School District, located in Olmsted Falls, Ohio has agreed to remove the video “30 Days: Muslim and America” from the 7th grade World History Curriculum.  The action was taken to avoid a constitutional challenge by the Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which filed a series of requests for public records concerning the video on behalf of Jenny McKeigue, a mother of three children who attend schools within the district.

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Thomas More Society speaks out on the IRS power to potentially trample on our constitutional rights through ostensibly innocuous means.

According to TMS, in one case, the IRS withheld approval of an application for tax exempt status for Coalition for Life of Iowa.

In a phone call to Coalition for Life of Iowa leaders on June 6, 2009, the IRS agent “Ms. Richards” told the group to send a letter to the IRS with the entire board’s signatures stating that, under perjury of the law, they do not picket/protest or organize groups to picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood. Once the IRS received this letter, their application would be approved.

After a series of letters following a request for more invasive information, Thomas More Society special counsel Sally Wagenmaker sent a letter to the IRS demanding the tax exempt status be issued immediately.

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Thomas More Law Center Files Appeal in Dismissal of Lawsuit Challenging the “Hate Crimes” Act


ANN ARBOR, MI – The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC), a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, filed its opening brief earlier this week with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, seeking to overturn a lower court decision dismissing its federal lawsuit challenging the Federal Hate Crimes Act passed in 2009.

TMLC’s lawsuit was the first in the Nation to challenge the federal law. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Pastors Rene Ouellette, James Combs, Levon Yuille and the president of the American Family Association of Michigan, Gary Glenn, against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Earlier this year, a U.S. District Court Judge dismissed the case on the grounds that the plaintiffs lacked “standing” to bring the lawsuit, and that the case was not “ripe” for adjudication. TMLC is appealing this ruling.

The Hate Crimes Act was clearly intended to intimidate Christians and their religious leaders into remaining silent concerning their religious belief that homosexual conduct is an abomination and a sin.

According to the brief filed by TMLC with the Sixth Circuit, “This statute is all about elevating certain persons (homosexuals) to a protected class under federal law based on nothing more than their choice to have sex with persons of the same gender, while marginalizing strong religious opposition to this immoral choice.”

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of TMLC, commented: “Under the guise of enforcing ‘niceness’ and promoting ‘tolerance, ’ homosexual advocacy groups have mobilized their financial power to purchase political clout which they now use to shut down any criticism of their deviant lifestyle. The truth is they are one of the most intolerant groups in our society and viciously attack anyone who opposes their point of view.”

Religious – Holy Bible circle Continued Thompson: “The sole purpose of this law is to use the threat of federal prosecutions and long jail sentences to silence Christians from expressing their Biblically-based religious belief that homosexual conduct is an abomination and a sin.”

According to statistics compiled by their own “gay rights” advocacy groups, the greatest threat of violence to homosexuals comes not from Christians, but from other homosexuals. Christians are taught to love the sinner, but to hate the sin.

Evidence clearly shows the Act will be used by federal prosecutors to intimidate Christians and shut down any speech critical of the homosexual life style. For example, the ACLU of Michigan hosted a forum on the Hate Crime Act for the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered) community that was attended by Barbara McQuade, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, and her assistants responsible for enforcing the Act.

McQuade told her audience, “We’re very eager to enforce the Act.”

Pam Thompson, another federal prosecutor said, “We are so excited about this new law and the enforcement opportunities it provides for us.”

A third federal prosecutor, Judith Levy, said, “Our office is open for business in enforcing and defending the Hate Crimes Prevention Act.” She encouraged the LGBT community to show up at court hearings for the Hate Crimes lawsuit.

Robert Muise, Senior Trial Counsel for TMLC who is handling the case, observed, “This new federal law promotes two Orwellian concepts. First, it creates a special class of persons who are ‘more equal than others’ based on nothing more than deviant, sexual behavior. And secondly, it creates ‘thought crimes’ by criminalizing certain ideas, beliefs, and opinions, and the involvement of such ideas, beliefs, and opinions in a crime will make it deserving of federal prosecution. Consequently, government officials are claiming the power to decide which thoughts are criminal under federal law and which are not.”

People – Attorney General Eric Holder: No legitimate law enforcement need is served by this Hate Crimes Act.

* All 50 states already have criminal laws punishing violence against all persons.

* Attorney General Holder told a Senate hearing that there was no evidence that “hate crimes” were going unpunished at the state level and that the states were doing a fine job in this area.

* In 2008, the FBI reported approximately 1.38 million violent crimes in the United States, out of which 243 crimes were considered “bias” motivated because of the victim’s sexual orientation. That amounts to a fraction of 1% of the crimes.

* According to the statistics compiled by a homosexual advocacy group, during the period from 1999 to 2003, a homosexual was 244% more likely to commit an act of violence against another homosexual than was a heterosexual.

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Thomas More Law Center Files Court Challenge Moments After Obama Health Care Signed Into Law

March 23, 2010

ANN ARBOR, MI – Moments after President Obama signed the so-called health care reform bill into law in a televised White House ceremony, the Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor Michigan, filed a federal lawsuit challenging its constitutionality in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

The purpose of the lawsuit is to permanently enjoin enforcement of the new health care legislation.

Assisting the Law Center as co-counsel in the lawsuit is attorney David Yerushalmi.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Law Center itself, and four individuals from the Southeastern Michigan area.  None of the individuals have private health care insurance; all object to being forced to purchase health care coverage; and all object to being forced to pay for abortions, which is contrary to their religious beliefs.

Named as defendants in the lawsuit are President Obama, Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services; Eric H. Holder, Jr., U.S. Attorney General; and Timothy Geithner, Secretary of the Department of Treasury.  All the defendants were sued in their official capacity.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center, commented, “This Act is a product of political corruption and the exercise of unconstitutional power.  Our Founding Fathers envisioned a limited form of government. The purpose of our Constitution and this lawsuit is to insure it stays that way.”

Continued Thompson, “Let’s face it, if Congress has the power to force individuals to purchase health insurance coverage or pay a federal penalty merely because they live in America, then it has the unconstrained power to mandate that every American family buy a General Motors vehicle to help the economy or pay a federal penalty.”

Robert Muise, the Law Center’s Senior Trial Counsel, and David Yerushalmi prepared the lawsuit.  According to the lawsuit, the health care reform law imposes unprecedented governmental mandates that trample upon the personal and economic freedoms of Americans in violation of their constitutional rights. [Click here to read Complaint].

Among the allegations of the lawsuit are the claims that Congress had no authority under the Commerce Clause to pass the law; that by usurping the power reserved for the states and the people, Congress violated the Tenth Amendment; and that by forcing private citizens to fund abortion, contrary to their rights of conscience and the free exercise of religion, Congress violated the First Amendment.

Thompson concluded, “Americans agree that our health care system needs reform.  But they don’t want a federal takeover of the system in the process.  And they don’t want reform by trampling on our Constitution.”

The Thomas More Law Center defends and promotes America’s Christian heritage and moral values, including the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life.  It supports a strong national defense and an independent and sovereign United States of America.  The Law Center accomplishes its mission 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.

Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Janet Napolitano Over Homeland Security’s Rightwing Extremism Policy

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Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center stated, “The Obama Administration has declared war on American patriots and our Constitution.  The Report even admits that the Department has no specific information on any plans of violence by so-called ‘rightwing extremists.’  Rather, what they do have is the expression of political opinions by certain individuals and organizations that oppose the Obama administration’s policies, and this expression is protected speech under the First Amendment.” 

Thompson added, “Janet Napolitano is lying to the American people when she says the Report is not based on ideology or political beliefs. In fact, her report would have the admiration of any current or past dictator in the way it targets political opponents.”

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