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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, twenty-years-old at the time, 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

Three years after we filed a lawsuit on their behalf, and for some, nearly seven years after they submitted their applications for tax-exempt status, the grassroots conservative groups that were targeted by the IRS for their political views are finally receiving some of the relief to which they have long been entitled—determinations on those applications. In early August, the federal appellate court for the District of Columbia Circuit held that the plaintiffs who filed suit in Linchpins of... read more

It may surprise you to know that not all prayer in school is forbidden in America. In fact, we just helped secure a significant victory for one teacher who simply wanted to pray before the school day started. We, at the ACLJ, are excited to celebrate a victory in a recent religious liberty situation. In this specific instance, a high school art teacher in Fenton, Illinois, wanted to have a monthly prayer meeting during free time. School staff and parents had participated in the National Day of... read more

A citizen of Bleckley County, Georgia, recently contacted the ACLJ when she received word that an atheist group had contacted Bleckley county officials in hopes of unconstitutionally silencing a scheduled public Bible reading. A Bible Reading Marathon is a 90-hour event in which individuals read the Bible aloud in its entirety. Bible Reading Marathons take place across the United States every year. A Marathon even occurs on the West Front of the United States Capitol Building, and has for the... read more

Countless pro-life crisis pregnancy centers across the country offer free counseling, goods, services, and referrals to pregnant women in need of assistance. They provide a vital alternative to the abortion industry that views women as potential sources of profit (to the tune of millions of dollars every year) and their unborn children as potential sources of organs to be harvested intact and shipped off to researchers. The abortion industry and its allies are well aware of the threat to its... read more

Recently, we took direct action and secured a significant victory for a girl whose school refused to allow her to display a cross on a student banner. For decades, the ACLJ has defended public school students when outside groups and administrators misinterpret the Constitution to restrict students’ fundamental freedoms. A student’s mother recently contacted us when her daughter’s school refused to display a student-sponsored banner with a cross symbol on it. During sporting events at a high... read more

The Obama Administration’s IRS is backing down after the ACLJ fought back against their out-of-control attempts to infringe on your rights. Here’s what the IRS was trying to do, as I detailed on FoxNews.com last month: Under a new regulation proposed by the IRS, the tax agency would have some nonprofit charities report the Social Security numbers (SSNs) of donors giving at least $250 in one year. The regulation would permit, but not require, charitable organizations to file a new, separate... 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 2015. When angry atheists demanded a World War II heroes’ memorial be torn down – disgracing the memory of those who sacrificed so much for our nation – we took decisive action and helped secure a major victory. For nearly four years, we have been fighting to defend a World War II veterans’ memorial statue of Jesus in Montana. Attacked in court by the angry atheists at the Freedom from... 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 2015. In a crucial victory for life, our international affiliate at the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) intervened in a major case involving the rights of unborn babies across the globe. In August 2015, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) issued its judgment in a case concerning the status of human embryos conceived in vitro. The “mother” in this... 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 2015 . In the aftershock of the IRS scandal targeting Tea Party and other conservative organizations applying for tax-exempt status, one conservative group submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the IRS seeking certain correspondence involving high-ranking IRS officials and left leaning politicians. The time-sensitive FOIA request was submitted right before the... 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 2015. We have aggressively battled and won significant victories this year in one of the world’s worst persecuting nations, Pakistan. Through our international affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ) and its affiliate in Pakistan, the Organization for Legal Aid (OLA), we have freed a Christian from forced labor, protected Christians from false criminal charges, and... 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 2015 . It’s a tremendous victory for the religious liberty of a doctor willing to stand up and defend life. Dr. Doris Fernandes, a Christian pediatrician in Philadelphia, was fired after requesting a religious accommodation of her beliefs against dispensing abortion pills. Dr. Fernandes had worked for 35 years at a clinic serving economically vulnerable children and adolescents. During... read more

The fight to overturn Roe v. Wade and change the culture of death is one of the most important ones we face. This year was a turning point in this fight, and we worked every single day to save countless unborn babies, one precious life at a time. This year pro-life investigative journalists released videos exposing the atrocious practices of Planned Parenthood and big abortion – which includes selling the body parts of babies. It’s unbelievably horrendous, but we immediately took action and are... 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 2015 . It’s unthinkable, but young girls – children – around the world are being forced to marry older men and undergo horrific sexual abuse. As we battle to defend life and liberty, much of our efforts come on international fronts, working around the clock and across the globe to defend human rights. One of those fights happened in Kenya this past summer, where our international... 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 2015 . They’re free! After months of aggressive advocacy across the globe two Christian pastors are finally free from imprisonment and possible death in Sudan. Christian persecution is everywhere, but it is no more prevalent than in the Middle East and northern Africa. Earlier this year, two traveling pastors—Yat Michael Ruot and Peter Yein Reith—were arrested by Sudan’s Islamist... read more

vThis is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the many victories by the ACLJ in 2015 . Jewish students, and even Christian students who express their support for Israel, are facing stomach-churning discrimination on college campuses across America. Swastikas were painted on a Jewish fraternity. Jewish students needed police intervention to protect them from anti-Israel protesters. Muslim students chanted the terrorist war-cry “Allahu Akbar” at Jewish students. In... 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 2015. In a significant federal court victory, we won a major case on behalf of a conservative professor who had been fired for exposing fraud. After more than 34 years as a researcher and academic at UCLA, Dr. James Enstrom was unlawfully terminated after challenging junk science and unnecessary diesel regulations approved by a California government agency. He also publicly exposed the... 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 2015. Earlier this year, the ACLJ secured a huge victory for pro-life sidewalk counselors in Florida – protecting their free speech right to share the lifesaving message of hope with women outside abortion clinics. For more than a decade, Judith Minahan and JoAnn O’Connell ministered to women in need outside a Fort Myers abortion clinic. They lovingly counseled women about alternatives... 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 2015 . As all too often happens, Islamic radicals in Pakistan falsely accused a Christian of a crime he did not commit. When a Muslim man in Pakistan was shot and killed outside his house, the man’s brother falsely accused the man’s Christian caretaker, Imtiaz Masih, of murder. Masih was then abducted and tortured at a remote farmhouse, forcing him to confess to the crime he did not... read more

Every year around Christmas time the ACLJ receives requests regarding the legality of Christmas displays on public property. Every year atheist organizations threaten public officials with lawsuits if they allow Christmas displays on public property. This year again, the fight against Christmas displays has begun. The City of Wadena in Minnesota decided to stop displaying a Christmas holiday display in one of its parks after it received a threatening letter from the Freedom From Religion... 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 2015. President Obama has launched unparalleled assaults on the U.S. Constitution. At every step – on Capitol Hill and in federal courts – we continue to defend the constitutional structure put in place by our Founding Fathers to ensure every citizen’s freedom and liberty is protected. When President Obama fails to do the hard work of persuading Congress to adopt his legislative... 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 2015. In 2009, a radical Islamic terrorist, Major Nidal Hasan, launched a jihadist onslaught on the Army base at Fort Hood, murdering 13 soldiers and wounding 32 others. Disturbingly, the Obama Administration labeled this clear terrorist attack merely an instance of “workplace violence.” By refusing to classify this attack as an act of war, not only were the dead and wounded heroes of... 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 2015. In a huge victory for religious liberty, the ACLJ won a major case on behalf of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, protecting the right of churches and religious organizations to select their ministers and spiritual directors without government interference. The case began when a disgruntled former InterVarsity employee sued the Christian group because it had fired her for... read more

Over the last year the ACLJ has been aggressively engaged in the fight to defend life, liberty, and our heritage as a nation. Through your support and our tenacious advocacy for faith and freedom, we’ve achieved some monumental victories. This is the first in a year-end series looking back at a few of the many victories the ACLJ has achieved over the past year. This year we once again defended the Ten Commandments from an organization intent on diminishing it or having it torn down. It’s been a... read more