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ACLJ Delivers Demand Letter to the Nation Park Service

By David French1381251815000

This morning the National Park Service received an ACLJ demand letter detailing how the Park Service’s malicious closing of open-air war memorials, like the World War II Memorial, violates the First Amendment.

Simply put, spending money and paying security to close parks that otherwise offer unimpeded ingress and egress for 24 hours per day, seven days per week, is not a “reasonable time, place, and manner restriction.”  In fact, it’s a deliberately malicious act designed to – in the words of one Park Service employee – “make life as difficult for people as we can.”

With weekend reports that Vietnam veterans were escorted from the Vietnam Memorial, another memorial previously open 24 hours per day, seven days per week (often with no visible security), the situation is only escalating.

Malice is not an appropriate governing strategy, nor is it constitutionally defensible when it results in the blanket, costly closure of a traditional public fora, places that have “immemorially been held in trust for the use of the public and, time out of mind, have been used for purposes of assembly, communicating thoughts between citizens, and discussing public questions.”

Park Service officials have our demand and the ball in their court.  We will keep you informed of their response.

Purple Hearts for Fort Hood Victims

By Jay Sekulow1423243672347

At last, a victory for common sense and fairness. According to Fox News , next week the Army will announce that the victims of Nidal Hasan’s Fort Hood terrorist attack will receive purple hearts. Previously, the Obama Administration had labeled Hasan’s attack an act of “workplace violence,” despite...

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American Sniper Has Created a Cultural Moment: Here’s Why

By David French1421694905032

At 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night, a packed theater in Franklin, Tenn., was completely quiet. As the credits rolled, some folks were filing out, but many more were standing, still looking at the screen, honoring the man whose life they’d just seen portrayed on the silver screen. Before the movie, I’d...

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A Time for Thanks; A Time for Resolve

By Jay Sekulow1417019056106

In many ways this has been a good year at the ACLJ. There is much to be thankful for—we’ve won key, precedent setting victories in court here at home, and we’ve even made progress fighting Christian persecution abroad. At home, we’ve defended the rights of Christian students and professors, won a...

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A Brief Veteran’s Day Reflection

By David French1415735598773

Though my own military service is winding down, for now (I transferred to the Individual Ready Reserve earlier this year), I’m still a veteran. That’s a part of my identity now, and it will be for the rest of my life. Military service is becoming less common with each American generation .

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