TOPIC-SPECIFIC LINKS FOR HELP AND GUIDANCE CONCERNING RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION AND ASSOCIATED LEGAL PROBLEMS


CONTENTS (Updated 9/9/2013)


EMPLOYMENT ISSUES

AMER Guide to Handling Religious Harassment at Work
http://www.religioustolerance.org/harra_wk.htm

Pagans in the Workplace: A Guide for Managers and Human Resource Directors
http://www.workplacespirituality.info/PagansInTheWorkplace.html

Hurston v. Henderson, 2001 WL 65204
A Case Analysis By Dana D. Eilers, J.D.
http://www.witchvox.com/white/hvh.html


CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION TO WAR

Center on Conscience and War
http://www.centeronconscience.org/

Pagan Conscientious Objector Status
http://wildhunt.org/blog/2009/08/who-gets-to-be-a-conscientious-objector.html

Selective Service System: Conscientious Objection and Alternative Service
http://www.sss.gov/FSconsobj.htm

Concientious Objection
http://www.moveon.org/moveonbulletin/bulletin6.html


DEALING WITH POLICE

AMER Guide for Dealing with Police Harassment
http://www.waningmoon.com/guide/library/lib0006.shtml

Guidance for Pressing Charges (by Michael and Marija of ERAL):
(Guidelines focused on a tenant violently attacking a landlord, but useful for other situations involving violence)

http://www.erlan.org/preschrg.txt

Law Enforcement Guide to Wicca
http://www.amazon.com/Law-Enforcement-Guide-Wicca/dp/096960663X

Directory of Law Enforcement Agencies:
http://search.officer.com/agencysearch/

Law Enforcement Training on Magico-religious Cultures
http://www.cultcrime.org/Site/Welcome.html

 


EVIDENCE USED IN EARTH RELIGION CASES

Much useful evidence is copyright; and most of it is not in digital form, so only a few items are posted on the Web. Certified copies may be needed as evidence in court.

A commonly cited piece of evidence used to establish Wicca as a religion, is the US Army Chaplain's Handbook: Excerpt ON Wicca, although it is no longer officially used.
http://www.religioustolerance.org/wic_usbk.htm

http://www.ecis.com/~alizard/chaphand.html

Overview and Guide for Wiccans in the Military, 3rd edition:
Reference document currently used by the DoD Armed Forces
Chaplains Board (AFCB). PDF Download
http://www.ecis.com/~alizard/files/Overview.pdf

Inmate Religious Beliefs and Practices TRM
[Technical Reference Manual], Federal Bureau of Prisons,
US DOJ Attachment 12 . Download pdf from
http://nicic.org/Library/017613
then search for Wicca, etc.

Wicca, a Legal Scholar's View
http://www.journey1.org/freedom/flynn.htm

Downloadable pdf file outlining cases giving Paganism Legal Status
http://www.aren.org/documents/purplebook.pdf

Shocking Bible Verses store - good starting point for offensive passages:
http://www.landoverbaptist.org/wallpapers/

How to Win Wiccan Religious Freedoms
http://www.oldenwilde.org/oldenwilde/gen_info/blk_rib/winfreedom.html

For a packet of hardcopy versions of a packet of evidence, you used to be able to send $10 (to cover copying and postage) to

Lady Allyn
136 Prospect Avenue
Middletown, New York, 10940
(845)343-2372. ladyallyn17@yahoo.com
Paralegal, best contacted by phone.
(Verified 7/2/09)

A pdf of a version of this file that is more than a decade old may be requested from lcornett@en.com for research purposes if you have a real legal case. After you review the evidence, determine what fits your beliefs, and give this information to your attorney, along with the rest of the evidence packet., Lady Allyn can provide your attorney with specific information on how the evidence has been used successfully in custody and job discrimination cases. However, the best evidence is often your evidence along with more recent applicable legal precedents..

Referrals to other webpages containing documents that have been used as evidence in legal cases involving Earth Religions would be appreciated.

 


THE PENTAGRAM

The Pentagram A thorough document tracing the history and usage of the Pentagram, by Bill Kilborn.
http://www.journey1.org/freedom/pentagram.htm

Case History of 1999 Michigan Pentagram Case
http://www.journey1.org/freedom/lincolnpark.htm

 


CASE DOCUMENTATION AND SUBMISSION FORMS

Earth Religions Assistance List Case Intake Form:
http://www.erlan.org/ERAL-IN.htm

When the form comes up in your browser, highlight it with your mouse, and copy it to a blank page in your word processor (copy and paste). By filling out the form and providing it and the requested documentation, attorneys and others helping you will have much of the information needed to provide appropriately focused assistance

Lady Liberty League Case Intake Form
https://www.circlesanctuary.org/index.php/lady-liberty-league/lady-liberty-league-help-request-form

Alternative Religions Educational Network Case Intake
http://aren.org/complaint/complaint.htm


LAWS AND LEGAL INFORMATION

The Book Pagans and the Law, Understanding Your Rights, by Dana Eilers (cites specific cases and contains very useful footnotes)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1564146715/104-9785493-6671123?v=glance&n=283155

Pagan Divorce: Child Custody - Federal Decisions
http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usfl&c=white&id=2165

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html

Treaty of Tripoli (U.S. not a Christian Nation)
http://www.earlyamerica.com/review/summer97/secular.html

Genocide Act:
http://religioustolerance.org/genocide.htm

Know Your Legal Rights
http://www.witchvox.com/white/wknowyourrights.html

The Religious Land Use And Institutionalized Persons Act Of 2000
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/housing/rluipaexplain.htm

Witches' Federal Law Memorandum
http://www.journey1.org/freedom/memorandum.htm

Religious Freedom related laws (includes USA Federal, Canada, and Massachusetts):
http://www.celticcrow.com/community/law.html

Supreme Court Decisions Related to Religious Liberty
http://religiousfreedom.lib.virginia.edu/court/

Freedom of Religion and the Establishment Clause
http://nationalparalegal.edu/conLawCrimProc_Public/FreedomOfExpression/FreedomOfReligion&EstCl.asp

Supreme Court Allows Church's Hallucinogenic Tea
http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1102543089636

Obtaining Clergy Credentials in Ohio:
http://www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/recordsIndexes/MinisterLicense.aspx and
http://www.erlan.org/CLERGYST.htm

Working Draft IRS form 1023, Schedule A for NE Ohio Pagan Church:
http://www.erlan.org/F1023S-ADr-LC.htm

Selected Case Law Favorable to Paganism
http://www.tylwythteg.com/caselaw.html

Santeria in the Legal World
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Lukumi_Babalu_Aye_v._City_of_Hialeah

How Class Action Lawsuits Work
http://info.insure.com/lawsuits/classaction.html

Laws and Legal Information for Attorneys, etc..

http://www.justia.com/

Legal Search Homepage
http://www.lawguru.com/

Legal Form Search Engine
http://www.findforms.com/

Legal Search Metaindex
http://www.lawguru.com/search/lawsearch.html

Law Links (See Legal Subject Index, then Civil Rights, for Good Section on Religion)
http://www.findlaw.org/

Free Legal Information Homepage
http://www.freeadvice.com
Free Legal Form
http://forum.freeadvice.com
Free Advice Answers
http://www.freeadvice.com/law-questions/

Free Legal Forms (contracts, power of attorney, Wills, Articles of Incorporation, etc.)
http://www.delafe.com/form/indxfrme.htm

How to Read a Legal Citation
http://www.law.csuohio.edu/lawlibrary/resources/lawpubs/HowtoReadaLegalCitation.html

Cornell Law School (On-line legal library)
http://lii.law.cornell.edu

Internet and Intellectual Property Law
http://www.ivanhoffman.com/

Copyright on the Web
http://www.clari.net/brad/copymyths.htm

When Works Pass Into The Public Domain
http://www.unc.edu/~unclng/public-d.htm

First Amendment Center:
http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/default.aspx

American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom:
http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=oif

National Archives and Records Administration:
http://www.archives.gov/

Forming a Corporation
http://www.form-a-corp.com/questions_answers.php

How to Make Freedom Of Information Act Requests
http://www.rcfp.org/foiact/index.html
http://www.rcfp.org/foi_letter/generate.php

Your Rights as a Funeral Consumer
http://www.funerals.org/your-legal-rights

Your Rights When Stopped or Confronted for Photography
http://www.krages.com/phoright.htm

Indiana University Virtual Law Library
http://www.law.indiana.edu/lawlibrary/index.shtml

Cornell University Legal Information Institute
http://www.law.cornell.edu/

Legal Information Books, Software and Forums
http://www.nolo.com/

Legal Books and Law Textbooks from LexisNexis

http://www.lexisnexis.com/store/catalog/category_lawfirms.jsp?segmentid=seg_law

Paralegal and Attorney Jobs from LexisNexis
http://www.martindale.com/Careers/Careers.aspx/

 


LETTER WRITING AND PR
http://www.witchvox.com/twv/howtohelp.html

Contacting Congress
http://www.contactingthecongress.org/

It is often more effective to snail mail politicians. Please use e-mail, snail mail, and phone contact.

Podcast of Interview with Dr. Richard Keenan on Pagans and Public Relations:
http://www.associatedcontent.com/audio/3997/pagans_and_public_relations_lance_and.html?cat=34

Obituaries Help (condolence/sympathy and funeral related examples and resources)
http://www.obituarieshelp.org/words_of_condolences_hub.html


PARENTS RIGHTS AND CONCERNS

Child Custody And Religion:
http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/article-29887.html

Pagan Student Rights Part II
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/confessionsofapagansoccermom/2012/08/pagan-student-rights-part-ii.html

Accused Witches in Recent Child Custody Cases
Need replacement website for http://www.stanford.edu/class/law495/drobac.htm

Boilerplate Text for Custody Cases Involving Paganism:
http://www.erlan.org/BOLRPLAT.TXT

Religious Differences in Child Custody & Visitation Disputes
http://www.zollalaw.com/articles-1198.htm

Divorce Help for Dads
http://www.squidoo.com/divorce-help-for-dads/105113321-First-Aid-Kit

Parents victimized by Children's Protective Services
http://www.religioustolerance.org/cps_vict.htm

Witches' Voice Pagan Parenting websites
http://www.witchvox.com/va/vs_articles.html?searchtype=arbody&searchterm=parenting

Child Custody FAQ
http://www.nolo.com/article.cfm/ObjectID/2E84628F-753B-45FE-810C13AD8261B1F3/catID/AC0903D2-C845-40E8-850E1DCEDDEA5778/118/246/236/FAQ/

Types of Custody
http://www.nolo.com/article.cfm/ObjectID/3842C8A7-F321-45AC-B238438010EAFE24/catID/AC0903D2-C845-40E8-850E1DCEDDEA5778/118/246/236/ART/

Parenting Agreements
http://www.nolo.com/article.cfm/ObjectID/191A73B6-96E7-4B95-B6FBA743280570F2/catID/AC0903D2-C845-40E8-850E1DCEDDEA5778/118/246/236/ART/

Child Visitation FAQ
http://www.nolo.com/article.cfm/ObjectID/1772B5FB-EC88-4F5F-BD3D1D1FD5E72119/catID/AC0903D2-C845-40E8-850E1DCEDDEA5778/118/246/236/FAQ/

Grandparentand Caretaker Visitation Rights
http://www.nolo.com/article.cfm/ObjectID/1019223D-59A2-4A25-9B6DA99AD0406A0F/catID/AC0903D2-C845-40E8-850E1DCEDDEA5778/118/246/236/ART/

Chapter 4 of the book Pagans and the Law, Understanding Your Rights, by Dana Eilers covers Paganism in custody cases in depth, citing specific cases and contains very useful footnotes http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1564146715/104-9785493-6671123?v=glance&n=283155

The Pagan Parent and Child Custody
http://www.witchvox.com/white/w_cc_overview.html

Child Custody - Making YOUR Case:
http://www.witchvox.com/white/w_cc_your_case.html

What Do Courts Look For In Determining Child Custody?
http://www.witchvox.com/white/w_cc_in_court.html

Best Books on Relationship Contracts
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/B-RC.html

Powerful Link Section To Other Related Sites:
http://www.witchvox.com/white/w_cc_support_links.html

Relevant Supreme Court Decisions:
http://www.witchvox.com/white/w_ccl_federal.html

Relevant State Court Decisions:
http://www.witchvox.com/white/w_ccl_state.html

Kendall V. Kendall (religious differences/best interest of the child):
http://www.witchvox.com/white/w_ccl_kendall.html

The Ballard Case (A classic):
http://www.witchvox.com/white/wballard.html

Rights of Pagan and Wiccan Students
http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/yourlegalrights/a/Rights_Students.htm

ACLU on Students Rights:
http://www.aclu.org/free-speech/student-speech

http://www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights/youth-schools

http://www.aclu.org/religion-belief/religion-and-schools

http://www.aclu.org/reproductive-freedom/sex-education

http://www.aclu.org/technology-and-liberty/students


NATURAL LANDSCAPING

John Marshall Law Review presents an overview of "weed laws" and real-life cases of natural gardeners who won their rights to natural landscaping
http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/greenacres/weedlaws/JMLR.html

Weeding Out Bad Vegetation Control Ordinances by Bret Rappaport and Bevin Horn
http://www.for-wild.org/weedlaws/weeding.htm

Natural Landscaping Toolkit
A Source Book on Natural Landscaping for Public Officials

http://www.epa.gov/glnpo/greenacres/toolkit/

USEPA, GREEN ACRES: Green Landscaping with Native Plants
http://www.epa.gov/greenacres/

Wild Ones Homepage
http://www.for-wild.org/

Gardening for Wildlife
http://www.nwf.org/backyard/tipsheets.cfm

43 Reasons Not to Mow, etc:
http://www.acorn.net/evergreen

Gaia Rising
http://www.erlan.org/GaiaRising.htm


NUDITY

Naturist Action Committee of The Naturist Society
http://naturistaction.org/


PAGAN PRISONERS

AREN Prison Ministry Program
http://aren.org/prison/index.php
http://aren.org/prison/documents/index.html

US Supreme Court Sides With Inmates on Religion: Cutter v. Wilkinson, 03-9877
http://straylight.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/03-9877.ZS.html
Transcript of The Oral Arguments Concerning Above
http://www.supremecourtus.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/03-9877.pdf
Summary of the Above
http://www.witchvox.com/va/dt_va.html?a=usma&c=white&id=9826


Inmate Religious Beliefs and Practices TRM
[Technical Reference Manual], Federal Bureau of Prisons,
US DOJ Attachment 12 . Download pdf from
http://nicic.org/Library/017613
then search for Wicca, etc.

Prisoner Rights in Alaska
http://www.alaskalawhelp.org/AK/StateChannelResults.cfm/County/%20/City/%20/demoMode/%3D%201/Language/1/State/AK/TextOnly/N/ZipCode/%20/LoggedIn/0/iSubTopicID/1/iProblemCodeID/1830000/sTopicImage/g%2Dschool%2Egif/iTopicID/548/ichannelid/85/bAllState/0

 


POTENTIAL LEGAL REFERRAL SOURCES

If you have such a case, get an attorney, preferably who is knowledgeable about the type of case you are involved with, and freedom of religion law in relationship to such cases. Also please consider:

ACLU Chapters
http://www.aclu.org/affiliates/index.html

American Bar Association State Referral List
http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/lris/directory/

Americans United for Separation of Church and State
http://www.au.org/

Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
http://www.becketfund.org/

National Lawyers Guild
http://www.nlg.org

A Lawyer Directory with some consumer reviews
http://fatlaw.us

National Board of Legal Specialty Certification (NBLSC) Web Site
http://www.nblsc.us/

Earth Religion Rights Organizations
http://www.erlan.org/ERRO.htm

Directory of Earth Religion Rights Activists by State
http://www.erlan.org/directory.htm

Latest ERAL Public Contacts (see Case Intake form)
http://www.erlan.org/ERAL-IN.txt

Festival Organizers (also lists festivals at which one could network)
http://www.lcorncalen.com/CALENDAR.htm
and

http://www.witchvox.com/ (Search by State)

Religious Freedom Organizations
http://www.conjure.com/ERAL/religrts.html

Canadian Immigration Attorneys and Regulations
http://www.obr-immigration.com/

Witches Voice Links
http://www.witchvox.com/xwotw.html


SITES OFFERING INFORMATION ON OBTAINING FREE LEGAL AID

INTERNATIONAL

Legal Aid Around the World
http://www.ptla.org/international.htm

Free legal advice on US and Intnl Law
http://worldlawdirect.com

UNITED STATES

American Bar Association-Pro Bono Aid:
http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono.html

Pine Tree Legal Assistance
http://www.ptla.org/links.htm

Pro-Bono Links:
http://www.witchvox.com/white/w_legal_aid_links.html

National Legal Aid and Defender Association:
http://www.nlada.org/Links/Links_Home

Consult an attorney for free:
http://www.uslaw.com/

Attorney Message Board
http://community.lawyers.com/messageboards/list.asp

Idaho Legal Aid:
http://www.Idaholegalaid.org/

National Center on Poverty Law (Help for low income people):
http://www.povertylaw.org/index.htm

National Center for Youth Law:
http://www.youthlaw.org/

Northwest Justice Project (self help and resources for low income people in Washington state):
http://www.nwjustice.org/

The Defender Association (Washington state):
http://www.defender.org/


US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, VA, ETC.

US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division HomePage
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/crt-home.html

US Department of Veteran's Affairs Headstone & Marker Application
http://www.cem.va.gov/cem/hm_hm.asp

VA Headstone and Marker Application Process Update
http://www.cem.va.gov/hm/hmqa.asp


NONPROFIT RESOURCES

IRS Guidelines for Establishing 501©(3) PDF
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p557.pdf

IRS Form 1023 (June 2006)
Application for Tax Exempt Status
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1023.pdf

Instructions for Form 1223
http://www.irs.gov/instructions/i1023/ix01.html


Specific Instructions for Churches at
http://www.irs.gov/instructions/i1023/ch02.html#d0e3880

Help Filling Out Your 501(c)(3) Application
http://www.form1023help.com/
http://www.501c3book.com/

IRS Tax Guide for Churches & Religious Organizations
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p1828.pdf

How to Become a Nonprofit Corporation, etc.
http://www.nonprofitexpert.com

Helping Grantseekers Succeed and Make a Difference
http://www.foundationcenter.org

The office of the Secretary of State for the state in which you plan to incorporate also may provide very helpful information. A search on http://www.google.com/ can identify the appropriate URL.



SACRED EARTH ALLIANCE LINKS

Sacred Earth Alliance (SEA) Homepage with Links to Current Directory of Public Earth Religion Rights activists:
http://www.erlan.org/SEAHomepage.htm

(link from this page to be replaced by an annotated directory and Yellow Pagers, based on filled out questionnaires and the information in this directory, when programming and data entry is complete).

A general summary of Earth Religion Rights organizations (with links)
http://www.erlan.org/ERRO.htm

ERAL, an e-mail list focused on fighting religious discrimination using the law and other means. For details, see: http://www.conjure.com/ERAL/eral.html (which also links to many other organizations and legal aid resources on the web) and http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ERAL/ through which one can subscribe.


NEWS AND OPINIONS

Reasons and Resources Decreasing Number of Legal Cases Involving Discrimination Against Pagans
http://www.erlan.org/DecreasingLegalCases-pub.htm

Lady Liberty League News on-line: send e-mail to:
circle@mhtc.net with "LLL NEWS Subscribe" in the subject line.

and see the Witches Voice
http://www.witchvox.com/


CORRECTIONS AND ADDITIONAL LINKS NEEDED

If you have corrections, additional suggested links, or would like to help, please contact Larry Cornett at lcornett@en.com


RETURN TO EARTH RELIGIONS LEGAL ASSISTANCE NETWORK HOMEPAGE
http://www.erlan.org/

RETURN TO SACRED EARTH ALLIANCE (SEA) HOMEPAGE
http://www.erlan.org/SEAHomepage.htm


NO MORE WITCH HUNTS! WE RESIST!