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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, 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

Filed in: Free Speech   |   by David French   |   1:51 PM Apr. 14, 2014

On the Verge of Victory: Is the Obama Administration Backing Down From Handing Over the Internet?


This morning’s Wall Street Journal has this encouraging report: Less than a month after announcing its plan to abandon U.S. protection of the open Internet in 2015, the White House has stepped back from the abyss. Following objections by Bill Clinton, a warning letter from 35 Republican senators, and critical congressional hearings, the administration now says the change won't happen for years, if ever. "We can extend the contract for up to four years," Assistant Commerce Secretary Law... Continue Reading

Filed in: School Prayer   |   by CeCe Heil   |   10:36 AM Apr. 11, 2014

Victory for Bible Club in NY

A man and woman (or couple) praying together at a table with their Holy Bibles open under their hands (focus on man's foreground hands).

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, the school superintendent informed the student that the club needed an insurance policy to use school facilities after hours. However, other student-led clubs were not required to obtain an insurance policy. In response to the student&r... Continue Reading

Filed in: Free Speech   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   8:27 AM Apr. 10, 2014

The Lois Lerner Files: A Partisan Bureaucrat At Work

IRS Lois Lerner

The House Ways and Means Committee released a letter Wednesday detailing what it believes to be criminal misconduct by Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the ongoing IRS Tea Party targeting scandal. For those who want to understand how partisan bureaucrats can manipulate a powerful federal agency, the letter is a must-read. The list of newly-disclosed acts of political bias and manipulation are astounding: - After meeting with an outside group (Democracy 21) that claimed bot... Continue Reading

Filed in: Free Speech   |   by Matthew Clark   |   4:38 PM Apr. 9, 2014

Timeline of Targeting: The Evidence Mounts Against the IRS’s Lois Lerner

Lois Lerner of the IRS

Today, the House Ways and Means Committee voted to recommend criminal charges against Lois Lerner. The Committee’s letter to the Justice Department documents in detail the nefarious character of Lois Lerner’s actions. The Committee pointed to three specific violations of federal law: “Lerner used her position to improperly influence agency action against only conservative organizations, denying these groups due process and equal protection rights under the law. She showed... Continue Reading

Filed in: Free Speech   |   by David French   |   9:41 AM Apr. 9, 2014

When Does Intolerance Work?

Tea Party Patriots host a Flag Ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

In the wake of the Mozilla controversy, the Duck Dynasty controversy, the Chick-fil-A boycott/buycott, and the countless examples of intolerance and intimidation against conservatives on campuses across the country, it seems rather clear that —as Michelle Goldberg notes in The Nation – there is a “growing left-wing tendency towards censoriousness and and hair-trigger offense.” But does this increasing intolerance work? In other words, does it help leftists impose their o... Continue Reading

Filed in: Free Speech   |   by David French   |   2:32 PM Apr. 8, 2014

Victory Update: Conservative Christian Professor Awarded Promotion, Back Pay

A U.S. Marine from 3rd Battalion 4th Marines, adjusts the U.S. flag on the top of his tent on base Delaram in Nimroz province

Late last month a federal jury in North Carolina found that the University of North Carolina-Wilmington retaliated against conservative Christian professor Mike Adams when the university denied him a promotion to full professor. Rather than evaluating his work on the merits, the university denied his promotion in a process that was chock-full of deception, discrimination, and disorder. The jury’s verdict was for liability only, with the judge to determine the lawful remedy. This afternoon... Continue Reading