Faced with numerous challenges to our freedoms of speech and religion, VFF Deputy Director Rita Dunaway recently went before the Ohio Supreme Court to defend a public school teacher who had been terminated for encouraging his students to carefully examine the evidence for and against theories of evolution and creation.
The court has not yet ruled on the case, but you can watch her
riveting argument, click here and see the video.
II. Rita Defends Public Prayer in a New Brief to SCOTUS
Now, in responding to yet another one of many attacks on our freedoms of religion and speech, Rita
is filing an amicus brief today (Friday) before the U.S. Supreme Court
in defense of a Town Council
in New York that has historically invited members of the clergy to offer an invocation at its monthly meetings.
However, a federal court has ruled that such a policy is unconstitutional, and it is that ruling that is now under appeal with the Supreme Court.
A licensed attorney with ten years of experience in defending religious liberty cases, Rita
has prepared a truly remarkable brief on this case in her
position as Vice President for Public Policy of the Virginia Christian Alliance
provides some background for us, as follows:
The Supreme Court's decision in this case will affect the cause of religious liberty for generations to come, and Rita
has made a compelling argument for why it should reverse the lower court's decision.
The Forum is proud to be included on the front page of the brief as a named "Friend of the Court", along with other like-minded groups and VA legislators.
However, we should not expect her
to stand alone.
While the cause for freedom is priceless, the effort to defend it is not.
As one might expect, preparing and filing this complex brief is an enormous and expensive undertaking.
Rita has invested heavily of her time, talent, and treasure in researching and developing the brief, along with help from Don Blake, President of the Virginia Christian Alliance - but all on a voluntary basis.
Our gifts, no matter how small, will also help Rita
in their ongoing efforts to engage our culture and our government on these and other important issues.
Simply make your checks payable to the Virginia Christian Alliance
with a note on the memo line for "Amicus Brief", and send them to the Forum at 3465 Izaak Walton Dr., Harrisonburg, VA 22801 to be passed on to VCA
All gifts are tax-deductible.
As a member of the VCA
Board of Directors, and on behalf of Rita
and of VCA, I want to thank you in advance for your support.