Yesterday the news broke that the wife of the Orlando terrorist, Omar Mateen, has been arrested on charges in connection with the jihadist attack that left 49 dead and more than 50 injured. It has been absurdly asserted for months – by President Obama and his leftist allies with their heads in the sand – that Omar Mateen and every other terrorist attack on our soil in the last eight years was random, unconnected happenstance. Even though the jihadists themselves publicly proclaim allegiance to... read more
One of the first announced nominations by President-elect Donald Trump following his election in November was that of retired General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense. Along with retired General John Kelly as Director of Homeland Security and retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser, these three career military professionals will have profound influence in shaping our nation’s military strategy and foreign policy. General Mattis was unequivocally dedicated for... read more
After enduring the Obama’s Administration’s willingness to lead from behind over the past eight years, and after suffering from the Administration’s shameful incompetence in dealing with global threats, it is heartening to observe that the incoming Trump Administration has served notice that it is prepared to take threats to the safety and security of the United States seriously. Recent history demonstrates that seriousness has been unfamiliar to the current Administration. Instead, the Obama... read more
The last 48 hours have been a whirlwind for Christian Pastor Hassan Abduraheem, who faces a possible death sentence in Sudan for living out his Christian faith by loving those in need. Last Monday, Pastor Kuwa Shamal – who had been arrested and tried alongside Pastor Hassan – was freed, while the case continued against Pastor Hassan. Yesterday, Pastor Hassan’s attorneys finished laying out Pastor Hassan’s defense. Next Monday, they will submit their final legal arguments, with a decision from... read more
To hear President Obama and many other leftist luminaries talk, one might conclude that we have a real problem with Islamophobia. Following the attacks of 9/11, even then-President George Bush repeatedly stated that we were not at war with Islam in order to counter the potential for widespread fear and loathing of Muslims in western society. The repeated violent attacks by radical Islamic jihadists over the last fifteen years at home and abroad only served to further stoke the fears of a... read more
President Obama’s radical allies on the Left are already trying to undermine the next President. The Attorney General of the United States – America's top law enforcement officer – is arguably a President's most important Cabinet member. Leftist extremists are leveling libelous lies at...
Tomorrow, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary is set to begin its confirmation hearings on Senator Jeff Sessions’ appointment to serve as the next Attorney General for the United States. The Attorney General is arguably a President’s most important Cabinet position. It is critical that the next Attorney General of the United States be someone who is ready, willing, and able to not only carry out the important functions of the office as America’s top law-enforcement officer, but also restore... read more
We’ve reported extensively on the Obama Administration’s unfaithful betrayal of Israel. But we are also taking action. This week we delivered another set of legal demands for records surrounding actions taken by President Obama’s Secretary of State, John Kerry, and his team in their treachery against Israel at the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council less than two weeks ago. The Obama Administration’s betrayal of Israel has prompted harsh bipartisan criticism and even congressional efforts by... read more
Yesterday, the House of Representatives Select Investigative Panel submitted their comprehensive 471 page final report with an array of conclusions, referrals, and recommendations. But one of the clearest recommendations was for Congress to defund Planned Parenthood and make it easier for states to use federal funds to ensure families in need of health care get care at comprehensive community health care clinics that actually provide the health care people need instead of Planned Parenthood... read more
The United Nations (U.N.) is using President Obama’s betrayal of Israel – allowing a dangerous anti-Israel resolution – to unleash a new round of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) in an effort to further delegitimize the State of Israel. It has created a new blacklist of companies that...
Monday was a critical day in the trial of two Sudanese Christian pastors who face possible death sentences because of their Christian faith. After the prosecution rested its case last week, the judge was poised to announce whether or not he would drop the trumped-up charges against Pastor Kuwa Shamal and Pastor Hassan Abduraheem or whether the trial would proceed. At the end of the hearing yesterday, one pastor was freed and the other was left in prison to continue to the next phase of the... read more
The United Nations (U.N.) is using President Obama’s betrayal of Israel – allowing a dangerous anti-Israel resolution – to unleash a new round of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) in an effort to further delegitimize the State of Israel. It has created a new blacklist of companies that support or do business with Israel in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem. As Israel National News reports: The UN General Assembly approved the funding of $138,700 towards the creation of a database of... read more
Thanks to the ACLJ’s members continued support, we were once again able to defend life and liberty around the world throughout 2016. Because of members financially supporting our work, signing our petitions, and sharing our important advocacy with friends, we achieved numerous victories in the United States on Capitol Hill and in federal courts, in addition to our vital work at the U.N. and our international offices around the world this past year. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been outlining... read more
Today the appeal of American Pastor Andrew Brunson – a U.S. citizen who is currently imprisoned in Turkey because of his Christian faith – was denied. Pastor Andrew, who was held for over two months without charges, has been imprisoned in Turkey since December 9th. He faces a serious, yet completely unfounded, charge – “membership in an armed terrorist organization.” In fact, the charging documents do not present any evidence against him. Pastor Andrew appealed his imprisonment, and was denied. read more
Last Friday’s vote at the Security Council condemning Israeli “occupation” was not the first time someone demanded that the Jewish State return land it had rightfully regained from an aggressor. . . . While the new resolution is only a non-binding recommendation , it is still not entirely harmless and can affect international perceptions. So let’s set the record straight. . . . Continue reading this article on The Hill . read more
In an astonishing display of craven petulance, the Obama Administration sent one (final) parting shot to Israel & Prime Minister Netanyahu by refusing to veto a United Nations (U.N.) resolution , which absurdly insists that Jewish settlements, including the Jewish Quarter (in Jerusalem), are occupied territory and accordingly, are barriers to peace. By joining with what the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan called “the jackals” —the permanent, global, virulently anti-Israel caucus at the United... read more
On Friday, the Obama administration decided not to veto a UN Security Council resolution harshly criticizing Israel and calling its settlement activity illegal. The decision not to veto was cowardly, hypocritical, wrong, and yet, thankfully, ultimately ineffectual. Do not be misled -- the decision to abstain was not the thoughtful action of a principled leader determined to make peace no matter what the cost. At worst, it was the cowardly move of a lame-duck politician who waited until there... read more
Urgent Update: In an act of utter cowardice, President Obama has betrayed Israel. The Obama Administration has reversed longstanding U.S. policy, abandoning our ally Israel at the United Nations Security Council by refusing to utilize its veto to block a one-sided measure aimed at delegitimizing Israel. This dramatic shift in U.S. policy leaves our strongest ally in the region vulnerable. To make matters worse, this cowardly act - under the cover of the Christmas and Hanukkah holidays - comes... read more
Over the course of the last few hours there have been major developments in the fight for Israel. Egypt submitted a resolution at the United Nations (U.N.) late Wednesday night that seriously threatened Israel. The U.N. Security Council scheduled an immediate vote this afternoon. The resolution – which referenced pre-1967 borders several times – would have crippled Israel’s sovereignty, weakened its borders, and left it susceptible to false criminal charges at the International Criminal Court... read more
As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, with our children and grandchildren this Christmas, we are once again reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. Just as God sent his only son, Jesus Christ, into a world of uncertainty, chaos, and violence in order to redeem us from the penalty of sin, God’s people today face persecution around the world. It’s during these times of danger that the true message of Christmas shines all the brighter. Through Christ, God... read more
It should be unbelievable. But yet it is completely believable. President Obama is attempting to transfer as many as 22 more terror detainees currently held at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba (GITMO) to other nations. According to reports , President Obama is working to transfer these enemy combatants before he leaves office next month. And, reportedly , the nations set to receive the combatants include Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This is exactly what we warned... read more
This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the many victories by the ACLJ in 2016. In July 2015, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire on two military sites in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He first committed a drive-by shooting at a recruiting station in a shopping center, then traveled to a United States Naval Reserve Center seven miles away and continued firing, where he was killed by police in a gunfight. Four U.S. Marines died on the spot at the recruiting... read more
Today, in our continuous campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) genocide occurring in Iraq and Syria and as part of the 7-point plan we announced earlier this year, the ACLJ sent a letter to Iraq’s Ambassador to the United States. Our purpose in writing Iraq’s Ambassador is to show our support of Iraq’s efforts to end the ISIS genocide and urge Iraq to invite international intervention to protect the victims. As we stated in our letter : Iraqi leaders . . . have recognized the brutal and... read more
We’ve previously warned that the waning days of the Obama Administration pose a clear and present danger to our greatest ally in the Middle East. As we have previously explained, the transition period between the Obama Administration and the incoming Trump Administration constitutes one of the most dangerous periods in recent memory for Executive overreach and unilateral rewriting of our nation’s laws and regulatory framework. This precarious period has stirred uncertainty and vigorous debate... read more
In this season heralding the Prince of Peace as Christians celebrate Christmas, it seems the words of the Biblical Prophet Jeremiah are more apropos: “They cry Peace, Peace, when there is no peace.” We all awoke this morning in an increasingly troubled world. In Syria, literally hundreds of thousands have lost their lives in the last five years as the civil war rages on. And the heartbreak and carnage is not over; actually it is worse. Russian and Syrian warplanes and artillery continue to... read more
There is good news in our ongoing effort to defend Israel from attack at the United Nations. Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a bipartisan resolution in defense of Israel by voice vote. Learn more here .
As his Administration wanes to its close, President Obama is preparing to implement a new regulation that flies in the face of our Constitution, federalism, and our Founders’ foundational belief that every human life is worthy of inherent dignity because each life is made in the image of God. The Obama Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services has just issued a final rule that has only one goal – to prohibit states from being able to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion... read more
An American pastor, Andrew Brunson, has been falsely charged with “membership in an armed terrorist organization.” Turkey has imprisoned this American pastor without any evidence. He has been a Christian pastor in Turkey for the past 23 years. We are representing the family of this American Pastor who is facing grave danger in a Turkish prison where he is being held simply because of his Christian beliefs. The government of Turkey – led by an Islamic party – has begun increased crackdowns on... read more
Two Christian pastors are currently on trial in Sudan because of their Christian faith. Rev. Hassan Abduraheem and Rev. Kuwa Shamal have been held in extremely poor conditions for nearly a year as they face false charges brought against them by Islamic security forces in Sudan. In November 2015, the pastors attended a Christian conference in Sudan where Rev. Abduraheem was a speaker. During his speech, Rev. Abduraheem showed the audience a picture of a young man who had been badly beaten for... read more
An elderly Christian woman in Pakistan was brutally beaten, facing unthinkable injustice. We’re taking action. Our international affiliate, European Centre for Law and Justice’s office, the Organization for Legal Aid (OLA), is representing a Christian woman who was assaulted by an influential Muslim for refusing to clean his house. Bashiran Bibi, a fifty-eight-year-old Christian woman, lives in Pattoki about fifty miles southwest of Lahore, and cleans houses for a living because her husband is... read more
Last week, we reported on the efforts being made to undermine the American election system with challenges being raised in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. We sent our letter to the Pennsylvania election officials urging careful compliance with the law and, just days later, we filed a critical brief in a Pennsylvania state appellate court. After we filed our brief, the leftist activists dismissed their lawsuit. Then they filed in federal court. So yesterday, so did we. Working with local... read more
This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the many victories by the ACLJ in 2016. This year, the ACLJ was able to secure a major victory that protects the honor and respect of American war heroes. It all started nearly half a decade ago when angry atheists at the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) insisted that a WWII Memorial statue of Jesus be removed from Big Mountain in Montana. The memorial has proudly stood for over sixty years, but that didn’t stop... read more
Rather than identify the enemy as radical Islam, President Obama prefers to ignore the evidence that stares him in the face each and every day while maintaining his self-proclaimed commitment to openness and transparency. Still, facts are stubborn things that expose the hollowness of the...
With the strong support of the Obama Administration , both Lockheed-Martin and Boeing have been in talks with the Indian government to build the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft in India, according to the Washington Post and numerous other news outlets. Both aviation companies would be building production facilities in India. Lockheed-Martin plans to move the entire F-16 assembly line to India, making that country the sole producer of the iconic fighter airplane. read more
During this election year, pro-life debates and news items have often been pushed to the side, not garnering as many headlines and as much attention. But behind the scenes, those who champion life have continued the fight to protect unborn children and their vulnerable mothers from the lies of the abortion industry. In recent days, there have been several significant developments in these fights. For those of us who believe that abortion should not just be illegal, but also be made unthinkable... read more
This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the many victories by the ACLJ in 2016. Christians and converts to Christianity face violent, hateful persecution all across the globe. They’re ostracised, attacked, imprisoned, and often killed. It’s evil. It’s horrific. This past year, your support enabled the ACLJ and our hardworking international affiliates to secure major victories for the persecuted Church. We presented oral interventions at the United Nations, read more
President Obama’s outrageous decision to enter a secret deal to take in between 1,800 and 2,400 refugees that Australia refuses to admit only verifies his enduring indifference to our national security. The Obama Administration’s decision to agree to accept refugees who originated from countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism validates the American Center for Law and Justice’s warning that the waning days of this Administration are the most dangerous period for possible lawless... read more
In this special episode, the Jay Sekulow Band performs both original and classic Christmas songs. Please enjoy these performances and learn how you can support the ACLJ's work here .
This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the many victories by the ACLJ in 2016. In a major victory for Christians facing genocide in the Middle East, the ACLJ was able to celebrate a number of monumental steps forward in our ongoing fight to end the genocide and protect our fellow Christians from ISIS (Islamic State) terror. This year, multiple international bodies, including the European Parliament, recognized the “genocide against Christians.” Our... read more
Just days ago we told you about the efforts being made to undermine the American election system with challenges being raised in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. We told you about our letter to the Pennsylvania election officials urging them to ensure that local law is meticulously followed. We told you we would monitor the situation and engage as necessary. We have engaged. Today, we filed an amicus brief with the Pennsylvania appellate court hearing the election recount lawsuit, on... read more
This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the many victories by the ACLJ in 2016. In January 2016, for the first time in history, a bill defunding Planned Parenthood – the largest abortion business in America – was sent to the President’s desk. It was a major victory for the pro-life movement. President Obama later vetoed this critical bill, but the fact that it reached the President’s desk is a victory in itself. As the American people continue to awake to... read more
An Ohio federal district court yesterday dismissed Michael Newdow’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the National Motto. As we previously noted , atheists, represented by Michael Newdow, argued that the mere presence of the National Motto on currency violates their Free Speech and Free Exercise Clause Rights. Plaintiffs asserted that carrying currency equated to governmental compulsion to speak in support of the National Motto and to bear a “religiously offensive” message, in... read more
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In this episode, we recap all of the cases that the ACLJ has taken head-on involving the Christmas season. Sadly, many have challenged religious liberty during this holiday, but we have fought back – and will continue to do so thanks to your support.
When Donald J. Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States at noon, January 20, 2017, he will inherit the gravest national security landscape since the end of World War II. The legacy of the Obama Administration bequeathed to President-elect Trump is an America with limited resources due to the weakest economic recovery since 1949, diminished standing in the world due to an inconsistent and feckless foreign policy while “ leading from behind ”, uncertain allies who question America’s... read more
There is good news in our ongoing effort to defend Israel from attack at the United Nations. Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a bipartisan resolution in defense of Israel by voice vote. As a reminder, we have become increasingly concerned by reports that President Obama is considering a number of problematic options that would infringe on Israel’s sovereignty and potentially jeopardize its security . Most serious among these options would be U.S. support for... read more
This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the many victories by the ACLJ in 2016. "It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea, than that he would cause one of these little ones to stumble.” – Jesus, Luke 17:2. A law in the state of Georgia that prohibits the online sexual exploitation of children was challenged in court earlier this year. A defendant, who was indicted for committing this very crime, read more