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Sekulow Update: Will Obama Veto Saeed's Release

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The President has threatened to veto a bill requiring Saeed's release if a deal was reached with Iran.

Drip. Drip. Drip. That’s what continues to happen as the scandal unfolds at the Obama administration’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS). First, we were told that critical emails of former top IRS official Lois Lerner – at the center of an illegal targeting scheme – were gone – unrecoverable – nowhere to be found. That, of course, proved to be false, as investigators continued to discover damaging emails from Lerner revealing a coordinated effort to unlawfully target conservative groups because of... read more

Jay Sekulow on Fox News: New IRS Emails Found

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Jay Sekulow spoke with Fox News about new emails turned over to Congress in the IRS targeting probe.

The Supreme Court of the United States has long recognized that the right to use public sidewalks “for purposes of assembly, communicating thoughts between citizens, and discussing public questions . . . has, from ancient times, been a part of the privileges, immunities, rights, and liberties of citizens.” Unfortunately, some public officials apparently believe that this fundamental right can be cast aside when it comes to pro-life individuals who seek to offer information and counseling to... read more

As we approach the one year anniversary of the Hobby Lobby decision , where the Supreme Court held that the HHS Mandate violated the religious liberties of business owners, it’s clear that the struggle to vindicate religious freedom and the right to conscience is far from over. Having said that, recent signs give one hope for the future. The HHS Mandate – or abortion-pill mandate – was first promulgated several years ago over the dissenting voices of religious leaders from different... read more

“The government of Iran continues to engage in systematic, ongoing, and egregious violations of religious freedom, including prolonged detention, torture, and executions based primarily or entirely upon the religion of the accused.” This is one of many key facts from the newly released 2015 Annual Report the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) . The Commission is an independent U.S. government advisory body separate from the State Department that monitors religious... read more

The Obama Administration appears to be preparing to leave American Pastor Saeed Abedini and the other U.S. citizens wrongfully imprisoned in Iran on the sidelines of the Iran nuclear negotiations - even promising a veto to congressional legislation if an amendment is added to include the imprisoned Americans.. In a stunning comment, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest told reporters that interjecting the captive Americans into the discussions is unacceptable and that it “ certainly would... read more

Abortion, simply put, is the murder of an unborn child. This is a barbaric reality that the Left has realized is hard to promote. So what’s their backup plan? They must start framing the argument as “access to reproductive healthcare.” This is a strategy that the ACLJ repeatedly confronts in our pro-life litigation and one embraced wholeheartedly by the pro-abortion crowd, including Hillary Clinton. In fact, she is so passionate about protecting abortion, that she has boldly stated that it... read more

Recently a city tried to discriminate against a religious ministry, preventing it from having the same rights as every other organization. We took action and achieved an important victory. The ACLJ recently helped to defend a religious ministry’s freedom of speech in Ontario, California. The ministry had entered a contract and paid the requisite fees to use a city-owned convention center to host a religious conference on the same terms that non-religious groups are permitted to use the... read more

* The following is an expository narrative crafted from the information imprisoned American Pastor Saeed has shared with his family and descriptions publicized from released prisoners of Rajaei Shahr Prison. As Pastor Saeed’s wife Naghmeh says, “This is a day in the life of Saeed as he would tell it. ” 8:00 AM I awake after another sleepless night, not knowing what the day will hold. Will another of my fellow inmates be dragged to the gallows today? Will another inmate steal my belongs? Will a... read more