On March 1 the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in a case involving the Fourth Amendment rights of parents and children against illegal searches and seizures when caseworkers who are notified of allegations of child abuse interview and medically examine children without a search warrant or the consent or involvement of their parents. The case is styled Bob Camreta v. Sarah Greene, et al.
A Rhode Island school district has decided to fight the ACLU rather than remove a prayer banner that has been displayed in its high school for nearly 50 years. With some 200 supporters in attendance at a March 7 meeting on the issue, the school committee of Cranston, a suburb of Providence, voted 4-3 to continue displaying the banner, which has been hanging in the Cranston High School West auditorium since 1963.
In an effort to rally opposition to congressional efforts to end funding for Planned Parenthood, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America has implemented a nationwide bus tour, dubbed the “Truth Tour.” Ironically, the tour fails to report the truth on the number of abortions performed by the organization, or on the truth of Planned Parenthood’s eugenic roots.
Chalk up a small victory for religious liberty on campus. On March 7 the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a lower-court decision that granted a Catholic campus group student funding from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
President Obama may be humbled by the dramatically decreased number of schools requesting his presence at commencement ceremonies. Last year, more than 1,000 schools competed to secure a commencement address from President Obama, but according to a leaked internal White House memo, there is a serious shortage of applicants for the Race to the Top Commencement Challenge this year.