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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.

Victory: Ground Zero Cross

By Jay Sekulow1406561623000

In a decision that represents a ringing affirmation of the presence of faith in the life of our nation, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the American Atheists’ challenge to including the famed “Ground Zero Cross” in the National September 11 Museum. While the entire opinion is worth...

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Claims Against the Ground Zero Cross

By Matthew Clark1404744954000

From day one, angry atheists have made outlandish claims about the Ground Zero Cross – the two intersecting steel beams in the shape of a cross that was found in the wreckage of the World Trade Center following 9/11. Not only have they made these absurd claims in public (calling it “ offensive and...

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This Memorial Day, Honor our Heroes

By Jay Sekulow1400870024000

The men and women of our armed forces deserve our gratitude. They have fought, sacrificed, and died for the freedoms we hold dear. At the ACLJ, we spend every day fighting to defend our First Freedoms, our freedom of speech and of religion. Yet this work wouldn’t even be possible if it were not for...

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Challenge to “Under God” in the Pledge

By CeCe Heil1399997460000

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...

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