LOCAL FOUNDATION OFFERS TO DEFEND TRUMP RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ORDER
MONTGOMERY: The Foundation for Moral Law, a Montgomery-based legal foundation dedicated to the defense of religious liberty and a strict interpretation of the Constitution as intended by its Framers, leaped to the defense of President Trump’s May 4 Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.
The President’s Order provides that “All executive departments and agencies shall, to the greatest extent practicable and to the extent permitted by law, respect and protect the freedom of persons and organizations to engage in religious and political speech.” The Order specifically directs the Department of the Treasury to ensure that religious persons and organizations shall not suffer delays or denials in their applications for tax-exempt status, a matter of concern under the Obama Administration.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has filed a lawsuit in a Wisconsin federal court challenging the Order as an unconstitutional establishment of religion because it favors religious over non-religious organizations.
However, in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Foundation for Moral Law Senior Counsel John Eidsmoe contended that the Order does not show preference for religious persons and organizations. Rather, he said, “Churches and religious organizations have been targeted for discriminatory enforcement of this restriction and the purpose of the Executive Order is to end that discrimination.” Eidsmoe therefore offered the Foundation’s services pro bono to the Attorney General in the defense of this Order.
Foundation President Kayla Moore added, “The Freedom From Religion Foundation repeatedly tries to bully local governments to remove any mention of God from the public arena. The Foundation for Moral Law has stood up to the Freedom From Religion Foundation in the past, and we will continue to do so.”
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The Alabama Law Foundation Announces New Fellows – January 27, 2017
At the start of every year, the Alabama Law Foundation selects Alabama Bar members who have shown outstanding dedication to their profession and their community by inviting them to become “Fellows.” The Fellows banquet, scheduled for Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Renaissance Hotel in Montgomery, Alabama, is held in their honor. Plans include a cocktail hour at 5:45 followed by dinner at 7:00. During the event, those Fellows elevated to “Life Fellows” status are also recognized.
The Fellows program was established in 1995 to honor Alabama Bar members for outstanding service and commitment. Since no more than 1% of bar members are invited into fellowship, the selection committee chooses new members from an exceptional group of lawyers. President Board of Trustees of the Alabama Law Foundation Joe Fawal explains, “The Fellows of the Alabama Law Foundation are selected from the ranks of the Alabama State Bar and represent our brightest and best. The fact that they are selected is in and of itself an honor. But the contribution that they make in defense of the poor in civil matters in Alabama is a much greater honor.” Fellows are given the opportunity, as leaders in the legal community, to provide financial and personal support for the Alabama Law Foundation, the charitable arm of the Alabama State Bar.