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Filed in: Free Speech   |   by CeCe Heil   |   4:06 PM Apr. 23, 2014

Victory for Religious Free Speech in Texas

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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 policy added a prohibition against “advocating a religious belief” on the banners, among other content restrictions. When the local Knights of Columbus sponsored two banners inviting... Continue Reading


Filed in: Abortion   |   by Matthew Clark   |   1:30 PM Apr. 23, 2014

Taxpayers Paying Planned Parenthood to Promote Pro-Abortion ObamaCare

A police officer watches pro-life and pro-choice supporters demonstrating in Washington

Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, is being paid (by your tax dollars) to enroll people in ObamaCare. California’s ObamaCare exchange is paying Certified Enrolment Counselors, including 38 Planned Parenthood affiliates, $58 per person for enrolling people on the state exchange. A “successful application” brings $58 per individual enrolled with a bonus of another $58 for enrolling a dependant. A “successful annual renewal” for these ind... Continue Reading


Filed in: School Prayer   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   3:17 PM Apr. 22, 2014

The Sad Power Of An Atheist’s Temper Tantrum

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Angry atheists are at it again. This week, they’re taking on Dabo Swinney, head coach of the Clemson Tigers. His alleged unlawful conduct? Expressing his Christian faith and allegedly making a number of voluntary religious activities available to his players -- the adult student-athletes at Clemson. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation sent Clemson University a “letter of complaint” detailing Swinney’s alleged constitutional violations, including such at... Continue Reading


Filed in: Abortion   |   by Francis J. Manion   |   11:34 AM Apr. 22, 2014

Demanding Truth and Accountability from the Abortion Industry in Court

Anti-abortion demonstrators take part in the "March for Life" in Washington

This past Friday - Good Friday - I was in court in Baltimore, Maryland arguing against that state's attempt to shield from public scrutiny the identities of the owners, operators, and medical directors of Maryland's twenty or so abortion businesses. Our client, Andrew Glenn, made a straightforward public records request over a year ago seeking that information. Glenn was prompted by reports that doctors whose licenses had been suspended or revoked in other states had been setting up practices in... Continue Reading


Filed in: School Prayer   |   by ACLJ.org   |   10:14 AM Apr. 22, 2014

Angry Atheists Take On a Football Coach

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As the New York Daily News reported last week, the group made famous for their war against nativity scenes and our National Motto (“In God We Trust”), has now picked a fight with Clemson University. The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) has taken the field with a new mission to silence and intimidate a college football coach for sharing his faith with his players. The FFRF is offended that Dabo Swinney, the head football coach for the Clemson Tigers, is a Christian that publi... Continue Reading


Filed in: School Prayer   |   by ACLJ.org   |   10:07 AM Apr. 22, 2014

ACLJ Files Lawsuit On Behalf of Student Denied College Admission Because of His Faith

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Late yesterday afternoon, ACLJ filed a lawsuit on behalf of Brandon Jenkins against officials of The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in Maryland for denying Brandon admission to its Radiation Therapy Program in part due to his expression of religious beliefs. As one faculty member explained to Brandon, on behalf of CCBC, the “field [of radiation therapy] is not the place for religion." Brandon first applied for admission to the Radiation Therapy Program in April 2013. He met ... Continue Reading


Filed in: Iran   |   by Jordan Sekulow   |   10:13 PM Apr. 19, 2014

American Pastor Saeed Writes Easter Message as a Prisoner in the Darkness of Iran

American Pastor Saeed Abedini

American Pastor Saeed Abedini wrote the following Easter message from his hospital room serving an eight year sentence for his Christian faith in Iran. Crucifying the resurrected “self” with Christ and resurrecting our dead faith with Christ Happy Resurrection Day. On the Eve of Good Friday and Easter I was praying from my hospital room for my fellow Christians in the world. What the Holy Spirit revealed to me in prayer was that there are many dead faiths in the midst of Christ... Continue Reading


Filed in: Free Speech   |   by Matthew Clark   |   1:11 PM Apr. 17, 2014

Did Lois Lerner Want Conservatives to go to Jail?

Lois Lerner

Just days before she planted a question to try to bury the IRS targeting of conservatives before a damaging Inspector General report was released, Lois Lerner was working with the Obama Justice Department to criminally prosecute the same groups her division of the IRS was targeting. Newly released emails from Lois Lerner, reported at TownHall.com, paint a disturbing picture. The first is an email Lois Lerner sent to IRS staff on March 27, 2013 (two weeks before news broke of the scandal) about... Continue Reading


Filed in: American Heritage   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   1:00 PM Apr. 17, 2014

Easter: A Time to Pray for the Persecuted, a Time to Defend Life

A cross is seen on the hill as the sun rises on Easter morning in Chimayo

Like many others, when I gather with my family on Easter, we will celebrate the risen Savior. At the same time, we are in the midst of the Passover season, the season of freedom for the Israelites. With Easter and Passover, we celebrate life, we celebrate freedom, and we celebrate our eternal hope. Yet as we celebrate, our brothers and sisters in Christ are suffering for their faith. In Egypt, Christians are facing the turmoil and oppression of upheaval, still reeling from the oppressive rule ... Continue Reading


Filed in: Free Speech   |   by Matthew Clark   |   11:53 AM Apr. 15, 2014

IRS Chief Calls for a Redo on Proposed Anti-Free Speech Tax-Exempt Rules

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) office, Washington, DC

The IRS appears to be backing down – for now – from its ill-conceived, and blatantly unconstitutional, attempt to restrict the free speech rights of conservative and pro-life Americans. In the wake of the IRS targeting scandal, the IRS proposed new rules, feigning that the fog and confusion of complex rules resulted in the inappropriate targeting and that new rules were needed to prevent this from happening again. The reality was that the newly proposed changes to longstanding IRS r... Continue Reading