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
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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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
The Obama Administration continues to engage in a preposterous pattern of behavior, which undermines respect for the rule of law, international human rights, and freedom everywhere. Responding to the death of Fidel Castro, a dictator who killed thousands, tortured and imprisoned many others, and forced millions of Cubans to flee their own country, President Obama could say little more than , “History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and the world... read more
The ISIS (Islamic State) genocide continues. Heartbreaking stories pour out of Mosul even as the battle to retake that devastated city continues to rage. Christians, Yazidis, and other religious and ethnic minorities are targeted, intentionally, because of their religious beliefs. ISIS continues to expand its so-called caliphate beyond the region, and its followers around the world answer its call to barbaric violence and gore. The United Nations (U.N.) continues to do nothing. They have yet to... read more
The United States Constitution has provided the fundamental framework for free and fair elections that have allowed peaceful transitions of power for all the world to see how truly exceptional America is. Now, in the aftermath of the 2016 election, leftist agitators are pulling out every trick in the book to try to undermine our republic and create constitutional crises where none exist. We’re not going to let them. I’ve successfully argued before the Supreme Court of the United States to... 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. Attempts to delegitimize the State of Israel have grown rapidly – in the United States and beyond. Jewish students, professors, and Christians who support Israel are shunned, bullied, and at times viciously attacked. It’s reprehensible. At the ACLJ, we believe it is America’s duty to stand and fight for our greatest ally in the Middle East. This year alone we fought in numerous... 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. There’s no way around it: President Obama and his Administration have waged war against faith-based organizations like the Little Sisters of the Poor. And in 2016, that war intensified – posing a large threat to religious liberty. In short, pro-life ministries – such as Christian nuns serving the poor – are being forced to pay for or provide abortion pills under President Obama’s... read more
"Through The Years" is an original song by the Jay Sekulow Band. This song is like most of JSB's originals in the fact that it starts around a narrative, case or some specific ideal that Jay Sekulow and the ACLJ embody. In this case, it was to focus on the fact that Christ is our true King and...
We have received news from our office in Pakistan that an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has convicted and sentenced thirteen extremist Muslims for horrifically burning a Christian family to death. This is a major victory and a rare instance where Pakistani Muslims are brought to justice for the atrocious persecution of Christians. About two years ago, in November 2014, a Muslim mob burned to death Shahzad (husband) and Shama (wife) after accusing them of desecrating Quranic text. Shama was... read more
Thanksgiving provides the perfect opportunity each year to dwell on the many blessings we have from God. Ever since George Washington’s 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation , the United States of America has paused our lives, no matter what is going on, to give thanks to God for all he’s done for us. I was recently reading President Calvin Coolidge’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1925 (read it in its entirety below) and reflecting on how our moment in U.S. history is similar and different from his. read more
Two weeks ago, most conservatives were bracing for a new era at the Supreme Court, one in which—for the first time since 1971—a majority of the Court would be comprised of liberal justices. With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February of this year, the Court, along with the rest of the nation, has been awaiting the results of the November presidential election to learn who would appoint the individual to fill that vacancy, and, consequently, whether the Court would indeed undergo the... read more
As President Obama’s days in office tick down, the threat to Israel – our greatest ally in the Middle East – continues to grow. But this week, we’re taking direct action at the U.N. We’ve previously detailed the numerous ways the Obama Administration could betray Israel on the world’s stage. As jihadists perpetually threaten more terrorist attacks against the Israeli people, the Obama Administration has shown signs of plotting to abandon Israel at the United Nations, slashing Israel’s legal... 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. President Obama’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has engaged in unconstitutional targeting against grassroots conservative and Tea Party groups since at least 2011. The IRS scoured tax applications for words like “Tea Party” and even “patriot” and then made intrusive inquiries, demanding answers “upon penalty of perjury.” It was abuse like no other. And we fought back. In one... 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, we filed a critical lawsuit against the Obama State Department for covering up its lies about the Iran nuclear deal. The State Department has filed its answer to our lawsuit in federal district court and the Court has issued its first order setting in motion a number of upcoming litigation actions. Our efforts first began when we discovered that the State Department... 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. Sergeant First Class Charles Martland – a decorated war hero who faced expulsion from the Army for defending a child – was exonerated in April 2016 and allowed to remain in the U.S. military. It was a massive victory more than six months in the making. After SFC Martland bravely intervened to defend a child from sexual abuse in Afghanistan, the Army threatened to expel him from... read more
Note: This is part 2 of episode 406. It's official. America has elected Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the U.S. Now, our president-elect works toward a peaceful transition into the white house. Discussing this and more on the show today; don't miss it.
For the last two years or more, there has been concern in Jerusalem and among Israel’s friends on Capitol Hill about what parting blow a lame duck President Obama might try to land on Israel – what “December Surprise”, as it’s become widely known. President Obama appears poised to enact his final...
This is the first installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the many victories by the ACLJ in 2016. This year, in a major blow to President Obama’s lawless Executive overreach and an important victory for the separation of powers and the U.S. Constitution, an equally divided Supreme Court kept a federal court injunction in place blocking President Obama’s Executive action that unilaterally rewrote our nation’s immigration laws. This crucial victory underscores what we have... read more
President-elect Donald Trump’s top appointments reveal that he is dedicated to elevating excellent leaders to key positions within his new Administration. Today, President-elect Trump’s transition team announced the nominations of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General and Representative Mike Pompeo as CIA Director. These choices are fantastic. Both are excellent leaders who will help set the tone for a Trump Administration that is serious about upholding the Constitution and the rule of law... read more
For the last two years or more, there has been concern in Jerusalem and among Israel’s friends on Capitol Hill about what parting blow a lame duck President Obama might try to land on Israel – what “December Surprise”, as it’s become widely known. President Obama appears poised to enact his final betrayal of Israel in his last days in office. We stand ready, willing, and able to defeat any such attempt to undermine our ally Israel. A steady drumbeat of editorials from left-wing papers like the... read more
ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow and ACLJ Director of Public Policy Harry Hutchison also contributed to this post. The American people have spoken. They have demanded change. They have rejected the failed policies of the last four years. They have demanded accountability from our leaders and an adherence to our Constitution. As President-elect Donald J. Trump prepares to assume office, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) believes that this transition presents the United States... read more
The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) was enacted with great fanfare and unrivaled deception in 2010 as part of a duplicitous plan to destroy America’s private health care system as we know it. The Speaker of the House at the time, Nancy Pelosi, infamously said in March 2010 that, “we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it away from the fog of controversy.” The fog has now cleared, revealing that the proverbial emperor is wearing hardly any clothes at all. The removal of the fog... read more
Veterans Day is Friday, November 11th. Formerly known as Armistice Day, this holiday was originally created to commemorate the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11th was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and...
As we continue our fight at the ACLJ against the lawless, unconstitutional Obama Administration’s IRS targeting of grassroots conservatives, we are achieving important victories. But the fight also continues in federal court to ensure justice for all 38 of our clients from 22 states across the country. We must not stop fighting the IRS corruption until there is true justice and assurances that no American will ever be targeted by the IRS for his or her beliefs ever again. Three of our remaining... read more
Veterans Day is Friday, November 11th. Formerly known as Armistice Day, this holiday was originally created to commemorate the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11th was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" This new legal holiday honored World War I veterans. In 1954 the 83rd U.S. Congress – responding to veterans’ service organizations and in the... read more
The French have an expression that’s right on the mark with respect to the actions of Mr. Michael “Mikey” Weinstein and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF): Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (which, freely translated, means, “the more things change, the more they remain the same”). Mr. Weinstein, President and Founder of MRFF, is currently waging a pitched battle, this time aimed at removing a single Gideon Bible placed with generally available reading materials for patients... read more
We are glad to inform you that we have successfully obtained a positive court decision for a young Christian who suffered religious discrimination by Pakistan’s Education Department. In 2010, Naeem Nazir, a twenty-years-old Christian, applied for a post as an office assistant at a public school, but he was appointed as a sweeper (sanitation worker) because he was a Christian. In March 2010, a daily newspaper, Nawa-i-Waqat, posted job advertisements for office assistants, sanitation workers, read more
Every so often, I visit the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) website to see what Mr. Weinstein and his fellow travelers have been up to. When I visited the website on October 31, 2016, I came across a short article entitled, “Our Constitution, Any Religion & the Military,” written by MRFF Advisory Board Member, retired Brigadier General John M. Compere, whose listed credentials read, “Brigadier General, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, US Army (Retired); former Chief Judge, US Army... read more
We told you from Day One that President Obama’s FBI Director James Comey has mishandled the investigation into the State Department email scandal. For the third time in the final four months of a presidential election, Director Comey has interjected himself into the political process. He conducted a faux investigation. He reopened that faux investigation. And he again closed it after supposedly reviewing hundreds of thousands of emails in just 8 days. Just three days after, FBI Director Comey... read more
With the presidential election just days away, it is important to compare the viewpoints and promises of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as it applies to the Armed Forces of the United States. In an article in the May 2016 issue of Army Magazine by General Frederick Kroesen, retired Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, he makes the case, “We are now engaged in what may be a generational war with a terrorist complex that is gaining power and influence...We have yet to decide on our own... read more
The FBI has just reopened its criminal investigation into “former Secretary Clinton’s personal email server.” New potentially classified emails “pertinent to the investigation” have just been discovered. The FBI must conduct a full, thorough, and unbiased investigation. Our national security was...
I told you about the Obama Justice Department’s incompetence and corruption when, over four months ago, I called for Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s resignation. I told you about General Lynch’s decision to hold a secret meeting on her airplane with former President Bill Clinton – just days before the FBI interviewed his wife, the former Secretary of State, as part of a criminal investigation; and just days before General Lynch announced the former Secretary of State would not be indicted. read more
This week, there was significant action in two federal courts regarding what the Obama Administration is doing (or not doing) for persecuted Christians facing ISIS genocide throughout the Middle East. In our litigation against the Obama Administration’s State Department demanding answers about what they are doing to fulfill their obligations to persecuted Christians facing genocide at the hands of ISIS, we just filed a Joint Status Report that requires the State Department to provide the first... read more
Last week in a deeply Orwellian turn, FBI Director Comey announced that the department has reopened its investigation into the use of an unauthorized private server and the rogue transmission of classified national security information by senior state department officials, including the former Secretary of State. In response to this development, which surfaced from an independent investigation into alleged misconduct by former Congressman Weiner, a spectacular firestorm has enveloped the FBI... read more
It is absurd and astounding. Last week, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) approved a resolution designed to eradicate the Jewish connection from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Referring to this site revered by Jews, Christians, and Muslims by only by its Arab name, UNESCO’s Executive Board simultaneously snubbed the fact that this site includes the Western Wall, a remnant of the Biblical temple, and the fact that this is the holiest site where Jews can... read more
On or about October 18, 2016, UNESCO adopted a resolution that officially incorporated two major lies: First , that Israel is an “occupying Power” (in effect that Israel is unlawfully occupying Arab Palestinian territory), and Second , that the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is exclusively an Islamic holy site (despite historical records of thousands of years establishing that the site was where the Jews built their two Temples, thereby making the site holy to both Jews and Christians). I’ll begin... read more
FBI Director James Comey has just informed Congress that new information has come to light in the previously closed investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “personal email server” and the State Department email scandal, and the FBI is taking “appropriate investigative steps” to review these newly discovered emails. The full letter to Congress is below: This is a groundbreaking announcement. What this means is that the previously closed investigation is now in effect... read more
As explained in more detail here , the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently, but only preliminarily, upheld a California law requiring faith-based, pro-life pregnancy centers to tell their clients upfront that might be able to have a free abortion elsewhere. One doesn’t have to think long and hard to see this ruling as tragic setback for free speech rights. The Supreme Court has long held that, as a general rule, the government may not require people to speak against their conscience -- just... read more