Kelly Shackelford, President/CEO, with Texas Gov. Rick Perry

January 22, 2010


Suspension, Psych Evaluation for 8-Year-Old After Drawing Jesus on the Cross

December 18, 2009

In Massachusetts, an eight-year-old special needs boy was sent home from school and required to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after he drew a picture of Jesus on the cross.  The assignment?  Draw something that reminds you of Christmas.  His teacher said that it was violent, and school administrators forced him into counseling.  The boy will soon transfer to another school, but the damage is done. 

Tell us what you think in the comments section below!

Interview Updates on Don’t Tear Me Down

October 9, 2009

Here are some links to just a few of the videos Liberty Legal Institute and clients did recently in the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial case:

Don’t Tear Me Down Goes to Washington!

October 2, 2009

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the high profile Mojave Desert War Memorial case.  It’s the most important case of the term; so far, Fox News has run stories on this issue with us and our clients (click here for America’s Newsroom from Sept. 17, check back soon for more information on the Fox and Friends interview from Thursday).

Here are other shows to watch soon:

  • NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams (Airs Sunday with follow up later.)
  • PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly (Here’s a link to the segment.  Airing likely on Sunday, varies by region. Click for your PBS station.)
  • CNN American Morning (Monday between 5 a.m.-8 a.m. CST), Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer (Monday between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • ABC World News with Charles Gibson (more details coming soon)

The NBC National News interview we thought would air last night will now air on Sunday as a preview and then again next week before the argument.

In addition to these on-camera interviews, the Washington Post released articles on Monday profiling the case and our clients Henry and Wanda Sandoz, who have been taking care of the memorial for the last 25 years!  Be sure to leave comments on these articles!

Next week, we will keep you up-to-date minute by minute via Twitter and Facebook pages.  Should we lose this case, ALL veterans memorials across our country that contain religious imagery will be at risk of being torn down.

American Soldiers’ Caravan to Mojave Desert War Memorial

September 16, 2009

On Monday, six American soldiers, recently home from Iraq, kicked off a cross-country tour to bring awareness to the plight of the Mojave Desert War Memorial.  They stopped in Texas on their way to visit the memorial to speak with War Hero and US Congressman Sam Johnson and to collect signatures for the petition at  The soldiers will arrive at the Memorial tomorrow and will lay a wreath and read the names of fallen comrades.  Hundreds of veterans from around the region will be there to greet them, and CNN and ABC Nightly News will be there to cover the event. If you haven’t signed the petition of support for the memorial, we urge you to do so now.  Go to!


The six soldiers on their way to the Memorial.


Congressman Sam Johnson with Kelly Shackelford


Kelly presents Congressman Johnson with a “Don’t Tear Me Down” shirt.

Study Shows Economic Impact of Death Tax: Repeal of Death Tax Could Create More Than 100,000 Texas Jobs

September 9, 2009

PLANO, Texas – Free Market Foundation released a study today in conjunction with the Family Research Council and the American Family Business Foundation which evaluates the significant, negative impacts of the federal estate tax (the “death tax”) on the national and state economies, including Texas. The report, “Repealing Death Tax Will Create Jobs and Boost Economy,” explains how the best option in view of the economy is a repeal of the death tax.

“Allowing the death tax to come back and taking one-half of a person’s assets at death is not only morally wrong, it would destroy over 30,000 Texas jobs,” said Kelly Shackelford, President/CEO of Free Market Foundation.

This paper, which combines two recent analyses of the death tax by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office, and Stephen Entin, president and executive director of the Institute for Research on the Economics of Taxation (IRET), considers the various options available to Congress, including reversion to the 2001 tax rate and exemption, reduction, and elimination, and the economic ramifications of each option.

Though Congress set an annual reduction and increased exemption schedule for the death tax in 2002, Congress will revisit the death tax soon, as it is slated for elimination in 2010 before reverting to the high marginal tax rate and low exemption of the 1990s in 2011. According to Holtz-Eakin, such a reversion would eliminate 33,830 jobs in Texas alone. By contrast, eliminating the estate tax would create 101,489 jobs in Texas.

As the paper reveals, the best outcome is elimination of the death tax; a full repeal increases jobs and expands the economy, as well as provides the largest increase in government revenue.

Click here to read the full study.

Kelly at The American Legion National Convention

August 26, 2009

Click to listen to Kelly’s speech at The American Legion National Convention. Kelly at American Legion Conference