Updates: Volume III, Issue 2
The Eastern Michigan University officials who kicked Julea Ward out of their counseling program because she offered to refer a client involved in a homosexual relationship to another counselor (“Price Of Values,” Volume II, Issue 4) recently asked the court hearing Ward’s lawsuit for “qualified immunity,” i.e. – to be absolved of any financial liability for their actions, should they be found guilty. The judge rejected their motion. The case itself is still pending, as Julea and her ADF attorneys wait for either a summary judgment (in which the judge rules outright on the facts) or a trial date. Shirley Dobson
One cause for thanksgiving during the 59th National Day of Prayer on May 6 was the dismissal on March 2 of all legal claims against Shirley Dobson (“Why Is Shirley Dobson Smiling?” Volume III, Issue 1) in a lawsuit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
The suit, which alleges that government-issued proclamations encouraging citizens to participate in the National Day of Prayer are unconstitutional, had named Mrs. Dobson, chairman of the NDOP Task Force as a defendant, along with a number of government officials, including President Barack Obama. Although the case against the other defendants is still ongoing, the court conceded that it could not stop future presidential prayer proclamations from being issued.