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By Matthew Clark1320886656000

In response to the U.S. Air Force Academy issuing an apology for allowing cadets to promote a children’s charity, the ACLJ sent a letter to the Air Force Academy, on behalf of over 15,000 Americans, urging it to once again permit cadets to promote the children’s charity to fellow cadets.

The letter reminds the Air Force Academy that “[a]ll Americans, even those in uniform, retain Constitutional rights.” It further notes that the email sent by cadets – which encouraged fellow cadets to “consider spending some of your valuable time and money to love on a kid around the world” by participating in Operation Christmas Child’s campaign to provide toys and necessities to impoverished children – “was not – and, indeed, could not be – a violation of the Establishment Clause.”

The email, which became the subject of a complaint filed by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, “simply offered an opportunity for cadets to help brighten the lives of poverty-stricken children.” It in no way created a constitutional crisis.

The letter concluded by offering the ACLJ’s legal assistance, stating, “If Air Force Academy officials desire our assistance in crafting a balanced, Constitutionally sound policy on such matters, we extend our hand in support.”

We remain deeply committed to defending and protecting religious freedom for all Americans, including those in the military.

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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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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