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...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ On the heels of Pastor Andrew Brunson’s wife personal meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson concerning the wrongful imprisonment of her husband, she received a personal letter from Vice President Pence assuring that “Andrew’s case remains a top priority of the U.S. government….” In the letter,...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ I just read a book about Margaret Sanger by George Grant that details her sordid life. Although I knew most of her story already, reading such a detailed biography brings her legacy of death into perspective. It also makes you wonder how anyone in their right mind...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ Recently, the California House of Representatives passed the Reproductive FACT Act, yet another attempt by the pro-abortionists to attack crisis pregnancy centers (CPC). The act compels a CPC to speak the government’s message, and on top of that, it is a message with which the CPCs disagree. As...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ Abortion, simply put, is the murder of an unborn child.  This is a barbaric reality that the Left has realized is hard to promote.  So what’s their backup plan?  They must start framing the argument as “access to reproductive healthcare.”  This is a strategy that the ACLJ...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ Abortion, simply put, is the murder of an unborn child.  This is a barbaric reality that the Left has realized is hard to promote.  So what’s their backup plan?  They must start framing the argument as “access to reproductive healthcare.”  This is a strategy that the ACLJ...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ In the latest chapter of a seemingly never ending battle over the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously rejected a challenge to the daily voluntary recitation of the Pledge in Massachusetts schools. The ACLJ filed an amicus brief supporting...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ We recently assisted a mother and her daughter in Tucson, Arizona, who requested our assistance when the daughter was told that she could no longer bring her Bible to school. The daughter had been bringing her Bible to school to read and to discuss with other students...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ We recently assisted a mother and her daughter in Tucson, Arizona, who requested our assistance when the daughter was told that she could no longer bring her Bible to school. The daughter had been bringing her Bible to school to read and to discuss with other students...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ We recently assisted the Local Knights of Columbus in New Braunfels, Texas, who requested our help regarding a law governing the display of temporary street banners in the community. The city’s original banner policy allowed banner use for advertising community events, but a recent amendment of the...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ This week the ACLJ aided a New York high school student start up an after-school, student-led Bible study club. A senior at a high school in Amsterdam, NY, received approval from her principal to begin the after-school club, but on the day the club was to begin,...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ The ACLJ represents two non-profit organizations that operate numerous pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in New York City in a lawsuit challenging a City law that imposes burdensome disclaimer and confidentiality requirements upon crisis pregnancy centers. Today we received a stay from the U.S. Court of Appeals for...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ The ACLJ recently represented a father and his elementary school daughter who was having her religious freedom violated by a public school in Nebraska. It started when she was not allowed to draw a picture of baby Jesus on a Christmas ornament, but was followed by her...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ The ACLJ recently represented a father and his elementary school daughter who was having her religious freedom violated by a public school in Nebraska. It started when she was not allowed to draw a picture of baby Jesus on a Christmas ornament, but was followed by her...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ The ACLJ has filed an amicus brief with the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to protect the rights of school districts to partner with religious private schools. In July, a federal district court in Tennessee ruled that a Tennessee school board violated the U.S. Constitution’s...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ We recently assisted another middle school student regarding his right to wear a cross necklace at school. On September 3, 2013, a parent from Florida, contacted the ACLJ about his middle school son who was told not to wear a cross necklace. A teacher had told the student...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ The ACLJ applauds the policy change of a California school district to allow an afterschool Bible study group to distribute flyers to students. In 2012, a Church in California contacted the ACLJ regarding a local school district policy which unfairly discriminated against religious groups. The school district’s policy...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ On Tuesday, Judge Harold Baer of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a case in which eleven individuals, self-identified as Atheists and Secular Humanists, along with two associations, New York City Atheists and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), alleged...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ Yet another local government has received a threatening letter citing “separation of church and state” that targets perceived religious expression in the public arena. The City of DeLand, Florida received a letter from Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) that claims that an anonymous resident...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ Yesterday, the D.C. Court of Appeals issued a major victory in the ongoing litigation battle against the HHS Mandate, the government edict mandating that employers pay for abortion-inducing drugs in employee health plans. The case involved two religious institutions: Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic college in North Carolina,...
CECE HEIL, ACLJ On December 4, 2012, a federal court in Brooklyn, New York ruled that various Roman Catholic entities in the New York area had legal standing to pursue their challenge to the so-called “HHS Mandate,” a series of federal regulations requiring virtually all employers to pay for their...