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Filed in: Radical Islam   |   by David French   |   2:45 PM Sep. 17, 2014

Meriam Ibrahim: Courage that Should Inspire Us All

Meriam Ibrahim

I just now had a chance to watch Meriam Ibrahim’s interview with Megyn Kelly on Tuesday night. What an astonishing statement of faith and courage — with not just her life, but her kids’ lives on the line, she refused to deny her faith. Instead, it was her source of strength and hope. There’s not much to say, really. Just watch this powerful (and humbling) video here. This article is crossposted on National Review.... Continue Reading

Filed in: Free Speech   |   by David French   |   12:38 PM Sep. 17, 2014

Ninth Circuit Guts Student Free Speech, Upholds ‘Heckler’s Veto’ of the American Flag

Students wearing t-shirts with U.S. flag arrive at school in Westminster

This morning the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals declined a request for an en banc hearing in a case holding that school officials could censor students who peacefully wore American flag clothing because those students were violently threatened by anti-American classmates. In other words, the court upheld a classic “heckler’s veto,” and in so doing empowered violent bullies and undermined decades of free-speech jurisprudence. The facts of Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School D... Continue Reading

Filed in: United Nations   |   by Jordan Sekulow   |   9:25 PM Sep. 16, 2014

U.N. Condemns American Pastor Saeed’s “Arbitrary” Imprisonment as We Urge his Release

Pastor Saeed Abedini

The United Nations Human Rights Council Working Group on Arbitrary Detention this week released a 6-page report condemning the “arbitrary” and illegal detention of American Pastor Saeed Abedini and urging his immediate “release.” The report details how Pastor Saeed was detained in Iran while finalizing the details of a government approved orphanage in July 2012, was subjected to a sham trial on charges related solely to his religious beliefs, and has spent nearly two yea... Continue Reading

Filed in: Abortion   |   by Matthew Clark   |   4:17 PM Sep. 16, 2014

GAO Bombshell: ObamaCare Directly Funds Abortion


A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals what we’ve been saying all along: ObamaCare funds abortion. Put more directly: you are paying for abortion with your federal tax dollars in direct violation of federal law. In fact the new report details a myriad of ways that despite promises from President Obama and his pro-abortion allies and in spite of federal laws, the language of ObamaCare itself, and an Executive order abortion is not only being subsidized with federal... Continue Reading

Filed in: Radical Islam   |   by   |   2:46 PM Sep. 16, 2014

ISIS a Threat Worse than al Qaeda

ISIS is a threat that cannot be ignored. Yet that is exactly what President Obama has thus far done. ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow and author of the new book Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore discussed the real and present danger that ISIS poses to America, the Church, and the world on the 700 Club. ISIS is more lethal than al Qaeda. It has more money than al Qaeda, making by some estimates over a million dollars a day. It has more fighters than al Qaeda ever did, by tens of tho... Continue Reading

Filed in: Free Speech   |   by Matthew Clark   |   1:50 PM Sep. 16, 2014

IRS Has 99 Problems But the Church Ain’t One

The steeple of The First Congregational Church is juxtaposed with fall colors in Sharon, Connecticut.

The scandal plagued Obama Administration IRS admits that it has targeted 99 churches for additional scrutiny after settling a lawsuit with the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF). The IRS settlement with the angry atheist group FFRF is shrouded in secrecy, but the little we do know is enough to raise significant suspicion. Last month Representative Scott Garrett (NJ-5) led a congressional letter demanding answers from the IRS about the settlement. Last week the IRS responded – well ... Continue Reading

Filed in: Radical Islam   |   by David French   |   3:48 PM Sep. 15, 2014

Did We Learn Anything from Libya? To Take Obama’s Syria Strategy, No

ISIS flag

We can’t delegate our warfighting to jihadists. The New York Times piece that Rich Lowry links to below makes for singularly depressing reading, and it illustrates that the Obama administration has learned nothing. We’re barely removed from a Libyan conflict featuring American air strikes in support of a rag-tag jihadist army, and now Libya is a jihadist playground, where our former “allies” kill our own ambassador and gleeful terrorists YouTube themselves swimming in o... Continue Reading

Filed in: US Constitution   |   by Jay Sekulow   |   11:23 AM Sep. 11, 2014

9/11: A Day of Remembrance


Thirteen years ago today, jihadists attacked America - bringing unimaginable horror and pain to the homeland. On this anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, our prayers are with all who lost loved ones that fateful day. As a nation we must never forget what happened that day - those who lost their lives - and the many heroes who gave their lives so others would live. This a time for tributes. And there are many underway across the nation. In New York last night, a powerful and moving ... Continue Reading

Filed in: Radical Islam   |   by David French   |   11:10 AM Sep. 11, 2014

President Obama’s Real Promise—It’s Not to Destroy ISIS

U.S. President Barack Obama

At least President Obama didn’t mention “managing” the Islamic State. At least he said, “We will degrade, and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State. But let’s be clear. That’s not his real promise. His real promise was not to use ground troops. He was very clear about that: As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission — we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq. And again: But I want the Amer... Continue Reading

Filed in: Radical Islam   |   by David French   |   4:00 PM Sep. 9, 2014

ISIS: What You Need to Know

ISIS Members

On the eve of the president’s address to the nation, at the ACLJ we’re releasing a new e-book: Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore. Based on a series of papers presented at Oxford’s Harris Manchester College earlier this summer — and on our long experience defending Israel’s interests before the U.N. and International Criminal Court (along with my first-hand experience in Iraq) — the book traces the rise of ISIS from the ashes of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI... Continue Reading