The ISIS (Islamic State) genocide of Christians and other religious minorities is undeniable. It’s horrific. And it must end. Today, we filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of State to find out what is actually being done to stop it. After pressure from the ACLJ and others, the Obama Administration publicly recognized the “ genocide against . . . Christians .” A unanimous U.S. House of Representatives has too. So have numerous international legal bodies and organizations. The... read more
We live in a dangerous world. The threats to our homeland have never been more real and diverse. The continued growth of Radical Islamic Terrorism, the ongoing efforts of North Korea to perfect a long-range missile on which a nuclear warhead can be placed, China’s disruption of the status quo in the Pacific by claiming territory in the international waters of the South China Sea, Iran’s harassment of U.S. Navy vessels, and Russia’s continued aggression in the area of the Ukraine and Eastern... read more
Have you heard what Mikey Weinstein and his Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) are up to now?!? They have discovered that an Air Force major stationed at a base in Colorado keeps an open copy of the Bible on his desk at work. Sounds pretty benign, right? Not so according to Mr. Weinstein and company at the MRFF. Apparently it wasn’t just a nondescript, run-of-the-mill “Bible” that the major put on his desk, but it was, to use Mr. Weinstein’s own words, “ a highlighted Christian Bible... read more
While the American Center for Law and Justice continues to (1) fight for religious freedom, (2) fight the scourge of genocide throughout the world, (3) battle to limit unconstitutional Executive overreach by the IRS and the Obama Administration, it appears that Mikey Weinstein and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) are energized to remove a single Bible from the desk of a military officer. Consider these facts: While the ACLJ is fighting to get to the bottom of the State... read more
ISIS genocide against Christians and others is expanding . Ignoring it will not make it go away. In fact, ignoring it helps it spread. And the United Nations has been ignoring it for some time. The ACLJ – through our affiliate the European Centre for Law and Justice – just delivered a legal letter to another critical United Nations office – the Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. Our message is clear: stop ignoring the genocide. Stop ignoring the victims. There’s a... read more
Alarming and disturbing news is materializing in the wake of Vladimir Putin’s latest challenge to U. S. dominance in the Persian Gulf and Middle East. This news should concern all Americans. The Washington Times reports that the Russian President continues to outflank Washington. Just this past week, Russia launched bombers from a new base—Iran—thus enabling Putin to strike more quickly with heavier bombardments against U.S.-backed rebels. At the same time, despite the fact that Turkey shot... read more
Asia Bibi, the Christian mother of five from Pakistan sentenced to death for her faith, could soon have her final appeal date with her life on the line. Pakistan’s highest court has accepted Asia Bibi’s request for an early hearing. Asia, a Christian mother of five, has been in prison since June 2009 for allegations of blasphemy. Two of her co-workers alleged that she uttered derogatory remarks against the prophet Muhammad, a crime punishable with the mandatory death penalty. In November 2010, read more
Forty-nine innocent people slaughtered in Orlando, FL. Slaughtered at the hand of a radical ideology that has expanded its reach far beyond the regional borders in which it physically wages war. Expanded not by use of conventional tactics, but through a new-world tactic, using a new-world weapon – social media. The Islamic State (ISIS) and other radical jihadist groups are searching the globe for sympathizers, reaching into the homes of the most vulnerable in society, to wreak havoc on every... read more
The ACLJ has just taken on the most significant U.S. federal court case in defense of Israel’s legitimacy as a Jewish state. Palestinian activists opposed to the existence of the State of Israel have filed a billion-dollar lawsuit in federal district court in Washington, DC, against numerous...
Seventy-four percent of the world’s population lives in “countries with serious restrictions on religious freedom, whether caused by government policies or the hostile acts of individuals, organizations, or societal groups.” That is the conclusion of the State Department in its latest International Religious Freedom (IRF) Report. According to the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, David Saperstein, the world is currently “witness[ing] violent upheavals, some of historic... read more
For the first time, the Obama Administration has accused the Palestinian Authority, in addition to Palestinian terrorists and jihadist groups, of anti-Semitic attacks on Israel. The Obama Administration’s State Department just released its 2015 Report on International Religious Freedom , but the sections on Israel and “Palestine” have been making headlines for their mention of growing anti-Semitism and violence against Israel. Even though the Obama Administration and its State Department have a... read more
The saga of corruption continues. As we reported last week, more State Department emails were publically released. And guess what they showed? Clinton Foundation friends and donors got special treatment from the Obama State Department while Hilary Clinton was Secretary of State. The American people deserve accountability from a lawless and corrupt Administration. Earlier this week, our brand new Government Accountability Project delivered another round of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) read more
The United States Central Command (CENTCOM) is under investigation by the “U.S. House of Representatives Joint Task Force on U.S. Central Command Intelligence Analysis” due to reports that, on more than one occasion, critical military intelligence regarding our fight with ISIS (the Islamic State) was changed by senior officials at CENTCOM after being submitted by analysts working for that organization. After a whistle-blower at CENTCOM reported that intelligence analysts were being pressured to... read more
Over the past four decades, since abortion was legalized in Roe v. Wade , the term “pro-life” has been distorted and discredited. We are told that if we are pro-life we don't care about babies outside the womb, even as we care for men, women, and children through non-profits, ministries, and pregnancy resource centers. We are told we only care about saving the child from abortion, even as we foster and adopt children in need of homes. Opponents have often misrepresented the term “pro-life” by... read more
Abortion, Inc. peels back the deceptive talking points of Planned Parenthood and their pro-abortion allies, revealing the true motivations of the abortion industry. Members of Congress, former Planned Parenthood officials, and women affected by abortion tell their stories, exposing the lies, and...
“Resolved: That the guarantee of the rights of conscience, as found in our Constitution, is most sacred and inviolable, . . . and that all attempts to abridge or interfere with these rights, directly or indirectly, have our decided disapprobation, and shall ever have our most effective opposition.” — Abraham Lincoln Starting more than a decade ago, the ACLJ fought a series of legal battles against the government of Illinois (and some private employers) over the right of pro-life health care... read more
The situation in Pakistan has rapidly deteriorated within the past few weeks. Tensions in Pakistan have been increasing for a myriad of reasons, but recently they boiled over and resulted in the death of at least 70 lawyers from a suicide bombing. Despite the turbulent events that have claimed the lives of so many, our international affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice’s (ECLJ) office in Pakistan, the Organization for Legal Aid (OLA), has continued to operate at full capacity. A... read more
We have just taken on the most significant U.S. federal court case in defense of Israel’s legitimacy as a Jewish state. Palestinian activists opposed to the existence of the State of Israel have filed a billion-dollar lawsuit in federal district court in Washington, DC, against numerous organizations that support Israel - including citizen, business, and nonprofit groups - as well as a laundry list of major U.S. companies and individuals who dare to do business in or support Israel. The... read more
It is mind-boggling, heart-rendering and alarming. Yet genocide—the intentional action to systematically eliminate an ethnic, national, racial or religious group—accelerates despite the rising demands to stop this horror. Although, Secretary of State John Kerry has declared that Christians as well as Yazidis and Shi’a Muslims are suffering genocide at the hands of the terrorist group known as the Islamic State, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in a recent interview with Genocide Watch , confirms... read more
Lies. Fear. Intimidation. The abortion industry doesn’t hesitate to use these tactics toward anyone who stands in the way of their $1.3 billion annual revenue stream. Abortion, Inc.peels back the deceptive talking points of Planned Parenthood and their pro-abortion allies, revealing the true...
One of the powers the President of the United States has is to appoint federal judges with the advice and consent of the Senate. Presidents generally appoint judges who share the President’s philosophy about how the law should be interpreted and cases decided. Through appointments, a President shapes our law and society long after leaving office. Federal judges hold lifetime appointments and only leave their positions if they resign, die, or are impeached. Lifetime means lifetime. For example, read more
When police officers in Kenya wrongfully shot Josephat Mwenda, Christian human rights attorney Willie Kimani joined Josephat’s case to ensure that justice would prevail in the face of corrupt police power. But justice did not prevail for Mwenda. While leaving a hearing related to the case, the Christian attorney, his client, and their taxi driver were kidnapped, tortured, and murdered. Four police officers have since been arrested for the murders. Their murders were not random. They were an... read more
It is a disturbing pattern that demands the attention of all Americans. Senator Hillary Clinton, before assuming office as Secretary of State, said that she was committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct for government officials. She stated that she would not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter that has a direct and predictable effect on her financial interests or those of family members unless she first obtained a written waiver pursuant to law. read more
As we continue to bring you analysis this week of our recent win in the IRS case , we are reminded of how much this issue has developed since it was first discovered. To be clear – the Obama Administration’s IRS targeting of Tea Party and other grassroots conservative groups is one of the longest running scandals in President Obama’s nearly eight-year administration – and it is still ongoing. After nearly seven years this December, one of our clients has still not received a determination on... read more
Here at the ACLJ, we are often engaged in legal battles that may last years before we are able to achieve ultimate victory. It is important to remember that the road to victory may be a long one. And, you should know, that our attorneys work consistently and continuously to stand up for your religious and constitutional freedoms – to ensure that we succeed in these critical battles. Our most recent victory against the Obama Administration’s unconstitutional and illegal targeting of grassroots... read more
Recently, I spent part of an afternoon reading the latest edition of Dabiq , the full-color, glossy magazine published regularly by ISIS (the Islamic State). Named for a place in Syria that is supposedly going to be the location of the final apocalyptic battle after which the Islamic Caliphate will rule the world, the periodical’s format attempts to imitate other high-end faith-based magazines. It is complete with news stories, photographs, scholarly articles about theology, personal... read more
As women, the abortion industry tells us that they empower us . They tell us that as women we can only attain success and happiness if we have full access to abortions with no restrictions. They tell us that abortion doesn’t hurt, it isn’t dangerous, and it will solve all of our problems. They tell us that we may walk into abortion clinics with the weight of the world on our shoulders, but we will walk out with our heads held high, having taken control of our lives. Yet when our ACLJ... read more
We just secured a major victory in federal appeals court against the Obama Administration’s IRS. The court unequivocally agreed with our position that the IRS’s targeting of conservatives has not ended and that our clients – numerous conservative, Tea Party, and pro-life groups – deserve to have...
With the beheading of a French priest by members of the Islamic State (ISIS) still fresh in the minds of millions, ISIS is now following up that brutal assassination with a verbal assault aimed at Christians – calling Jesus “a slave of Allah” who will “wage jihad” upon returning to earth. This sacrilegious tirade comes in the form of a new article in the English-language magazine Dabiq, which according to news reports calls on Christians to leave Christianity. The cover story, “Break the... read more
We just secured a major victory in federal appeals court against the Obama Administration’s IRS. The court unequivocally agreed with our position that the IRS’s targeting of conservatives has not ended and that our clients – numerous conservative, Tea Party, and pro-life groups – deserve to have their day in court. Just hours ago, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision in our IRS targeting scandal case, affirming in part and reversing in part the district court’s... read more
“I am woman, hear me roar!” The mantra of the western feminist elite is representative of an idea that has led to the end of tens of millions of lives in the United States and countless more around the globe. Though this slogan was intended to be a rallying call for female empowerment, it has accomplished everything but that. The American Suffragettes fought hard for a cause that would mean the elevation of women to full members of society through the right to vote, but modern progressive... read more
Since 1980, a small line item in the annual Health and Human Services appropriations bill has passed with little fanfare. Yet in recent months, the so-called Hyde Amendment – which bans federal tax dollars from paying for abortions – has made headlines and received significant attention as Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and pro-abortion politicians have called for its abolishment. So what is the Hyde Amendment and why is it so vital to protecting the rights of both born and unborn Americans? What... read more
As part of the disastrous Iran deal, President Obama surreptitiously sent a plane full of cash – $400 million – to the Islamic Republic of Iran. The bombshell report , detailing how the Administration flew an unmarked cargo plane filled with wooden pallets of cash (stacks of Euros and Swiss Francs) to the leading state sponsor of terrorism, has sent shockwaves through Washington and the rest of America. The ramifications of this mind-numbingly disastrous move are earth shattering. More than... read more
"Abortion, Inc." peels back the deceptive talking points of Planned Parenthood and their pro-abortion allies, revealing the true motivations of the abortion industry. Members of Congress, former Planned Parenthood officials, and women affected by abortion tell their stories, exposing the lies, and...
(This is the continuation of Sekulow: Episode 394.) Once again, the terrorists have attacked France. The carnage is ghastly. Last night, a terrorist attack ripped through Nice, France on Bastille Day – France’s independence day – slaughtering more than 84 people (including two Americans). Dozens...
New information released earlier this week sheds new light on the Obama Administration’s targeting of conservative groups by the IRS. Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by a watchdog group (which can be viewed here ) establish that IRS officials “orchestrated a complex scheme to dump conservative and Tea Party non-profit applicants into a bureaucratic ‘black hole.’ ” Another 294 pages of documents available here also recently released by Judicial Watch... read more
It is bewildering, puzzling and unbelievable. The pace, scope, and barbarity of the killing mounts every day. Forty-nine victims were murdered this past June in Orlando . More than eighty victims lost their lives in Nice this past month as part of a continuing terror campaign in which ISIS (the Islamic State) has launched attacks every eighty-four hours in Europe. Recently, this campaign culminated in terrorists slitting the throat of a priest , while he was celebrating Mass in a church near... read more
I have to confess that it’s getting more and more difficult for me to “speak the truth in love” to some people. Some folks are just never going to get it, no matter what we do. It’s like casting pearls before swine. It reminds me of the tongue-in-cheek saying, “Hey, don’t cloud the issue with facts!” Once again, Mr. Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) is alleging that a number of military chaplains have violated everything from military regulations... read more
Last week, we sent two new legal letters defending dying Christians and other victims of ISIS genocide to the United Nations (U.N.) commission investigating the ongoing genocide in Syria and Germany’s Ambassador to the U.N. These are just the latest letters in our largest global advocacy campaign on behalf of persecuted Christians and other religious minorities who continually face genocidal atrocities at the hands of ISIS. In our letter to the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on... read more
Michael (Mikey) Weinstein is the founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF), a legal advocacy group whose mission is “ensuring that all members of the United States Armed Forces fully receive the Constitutional guarantees of religious freedom to which they and all Americans are entitled by virtue of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.” Sounds noble, doesn’t it? In reality, there has never been a more antagonistic and persistent adversary of religious freedom in the... read more
A recently enacted law in Russia restricts Christians’ ability to evangelize. Our affiliated office in Russia, the Slavic Centre for Law and Justice (SCLJ), is working on the ground to ensure that Christians are protected and are still able to fulfill the Great Commission. Tomorrow they are producing a webinar (in English) for all Christians, missionaries, and others who care about Christians in Russia in an effort to legally educate and protect Christians. As the Slavic Centre for Law and... read more
Lies. Fear. Intimidation. The abortion industry doesn’t hesitate to use these tactics toward anyone who stands in the way of their $1.3 billion annual revenue stream. Abortion, Inc. peels back the deceptive talking points of Planned Parenthood and their pro-abortion allies, revealing the true motivations of the abortion industry. Members of Congress, former Planned Parenthood officials, and women affected by abortion tell their stories, exposing the lies, and shining a light into the darkness. read more
In her acceptance speech tonight, Hillary Clinton stated: Our country's motto is e pluribus unum: out of many, we are one. Will we stay true to that motto? Sound familiar? In 2010, President Obama similarly said , “In the United States, our motto is E pluribus unum — out of many, one.” One problem. E pluribus unum isn’t our National Motto. In 1956, “ In God We Trust ” was made the official National Motto of the United States of America . . . by law. It has long been a part of American lore. Our... read more
ISIS wants to destroy America and eradicate Christianity. ISIS (the Islamic State) has directed jihadists to attack America. Jihadists pledging allegiance to ISIS and radical Islam have attacked America, slaughtering dozens of Americans in multiple terrorist attacks. President Obama refuses to...
When Cecile Richards , Planned Parenthood president, spoke to the Democratic National Convention this week, she claimed, “Planned Parenthood was founded 100 years ago, giving women the care they need to live their lives and chase their dreams – no limits, no ceilings.” Yet what she failed to mention are all the ways in which Planned Parenthood and its big abortion allies lie to and exploit vulnerable women and make a profit off the murder of their children. They are not pro-women. They are... read more
Once again, the terrorists have attacked France. The carnage is ghastly. Last night, a terrorist attack ripped through Nice, France on Bastille Day – France’s independence day – slaughtering more than 84 people (including two Americans). Dozens more are injured as the death toll continues to rise.
Lies. Fear. Intimidation. The abortion industry doesn’t hesitate to use these tactics toward anyone who stands in the way of their $1.3 billion annual revenue stream. "Abortion, Inc." peels back the deceptive talking points of Planned Parenthood and their pro-abortion allies, revealing the true...
You’ve seen it all over the news, seemingly every day for months now – successful jihadist terror attacks around the world and foiled plots just down the street, like the one my colleague Matthew Clark recently described , where the FBI arrested a jihadist who lived just streets away from where we and our families live. The brutality is so disgusting, and so consistent, it’s mind-numbing. You’ve also heard the mind-numbing complacency emanating from Washington D.C. Refusal to name the enemy. read more
As we reported , earlier this month, a bi-partisan Senate Committee issued a report exposing the Obama State Department’s funding of campaign infrastructure used to oppose Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reelection in 2015. Now we are taking action. This week, we sent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the State Department, demanding information that will reveal who in the Obama Administration is responsible for the decision to fund political activity aimed at ousting the... read more