CECE HEIL, ACLJ Today – the 313th day of American Pastor Andrew Brunson’s wrongful imprisonment in Turkey because of his Christian faith –the State Department released a report on International Religious Freedom, highlighting Pastor Andrew’s plight. Although the report analyzes freedom violations across the world, in his remarks, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson...
LIBERTY ALERTS, LIBERTY COUNSEL Plaintiffs Jane Does 1-5 are described in the complaint as “transgender” with the female pronoun, meaning they are no doubt biological men who want to identify as women. The lawsuit claims President Trump’s directive somehow violates Equal Protection and Due Process. President Trump announced on July 26...
GEOFFREY SURTEES, ACLJ Today , we filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of the City of Bloomfield, New Mexico and a Ten Commandments monument that is displayed on public property outside of their city hall. The ACLJ has represented local governments, officials, and private parties in numerous lawsuits across...
LIBERTY ALERTS, LIBERTY COUNSEL TRENTON, NJ -- A bill that directs the New Jersey Commissioner of Education to review and modify public school guidelines to accommodate and promote the rights of “transgender” students, in accordance with current State or federal laws and regulations, has passed the Senate and the Assembly...
LIBERTY ALERTS, LIBERTY COUNSEL Liberty Counsel is presenting argument in federal court today to require an Indiana school district to grant Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) equal access to school facilities for the ministry’s Good News Clubs. The case, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Indiana, Inc. v. Indiana Metropolitan School District of Pike...
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has slammed ABC News for a report and headline describing the religious freedom advocacy organization as an "anti-LGBT hate group." The basis for the description, cited by ABC, was provided by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC, which was founded by Morris Dees...
LIBERTY COUNSEL WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Defense Secretary James Mattis announced just hours before a July 1 deadline that he will defer implementation of the so-called transgender policy until January 1, 2018. The Obama-era policy would have allowed incoming service members identifying as “transgender” to enlist if they have been “stable” in their...
LIBERTY COUNSEL Fort Benning, GA – Liberty Counsel has issued a letter to Fort Benning Army Base commanding officers requesting them to comply with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the Department of Defense (DOD) Instruction which provides Army personnel religious accommodation and exemption from so-called “transgender” directives which violate their...
LIBERTY COUNSEL ASHEVILLE, NC – The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals handed North Carolina magistrates a huge victory by ruling that the plaintiffs who opposed their religious liberty opt out of same-sex “marriage” lacked standing to challenge the law. Liberty Counsel represented, among others, Magistrate Brenda Bumgarner, who has an excellent record during...
RYAN T. ANDERSON, DAILY SIGNAL The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on Thursday that a Mississippi law that protects religious liberty and the rights of conscience in light of the redefinition of marriage may go into effect. In the decision, the circuit court overruled a previous judgment from...
LIBERTY ALERTS, LIBERTY COUNSEL TALLAHASSEE, FL - Governor Rick Scott recently signed SB 436, known as the “Florida Student and School Personnel Religious Liberties Act,” which prohibits public school districts from discrimination against students, parents, or personnel on basis of religious views or expression. Sponsored by Sen. Dennis Baxley, SB 436...
LIBERTY ALERTS, ACLJ In a major step forward in our aggressive legal advocacy campaign for Christians facing genocide, Austria has formally recognized the genocide against Christians and is advancing at least three steps of our 7-point plan to stop the genocide against Christians and protect the victims. On June 7, 2017,...
Family is the foundation of the American lifestyle -- and liberty comes from the Creator, the president of the United States said in a speech Thursday. "I have one goal as president: to fight for the American people and to fight for America and America first," President Donald Trump...
LIBERTY ALERTS, LIBERTY COUNSEL BOSTON -- Today (JUNE 6) the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities (chaired by Representative Kay Khan and Senator Jennifer Flanagan) held a hearing on H1190, an overly broad piece of legislation that would prohibit an entire class of patients from accessing...
Walter M. Weber, ACLJ Even very technical legal issues sometimes can have important implications for the protection of religious freedom for all in the United States. That was the case in a recent Supreme Court ruling over retirement plans. Religiously affiliated hospital systems won a reprieve from multi-billion dollar liability in...
JAY SEKULOW, ACLJ I just received a call from the Vice President’s office. President Trump and Vice President Pence raised the case of American Pastor Andrew Brunson three times today with Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. This is exactly what we asked the President to do and is a major...
RYAN T. ANDERSON, DAILY SIGNAL President Donald Trump said he’d promote commonsense policies that would “Make America Great Again” and would stand up to politically correct bullying from the left. So why isn’t he doing that in the case of religious freedom? Twice now, he has failed to stand up for commonsense...
LIBERTY ALERTS, LIBERTY COUNSEL The Indiana Senate and House recently passed a bill that would protect public school students from discrimination when they are praying or engaging in religious activities before, during and after school. HB 2014, sponsored by Rep. John Bartlett, has been sent to Governor Eric Holcomb for...
ELIZABETH SLATTERY, HERITAGE FOUNDATION On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran Church’s case against the state of Missouri—a case involving discrimination by the state in giving out publicly funded grants. Missouri has a grant program to offset the cost of resurfacing playgrounds with rubber surfaces made from...