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ACLJ Files brief in Support of Bladensburg Cross

By Geoffrey Surtees1532613600000

Supreme Court decisions interpreting the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause are not, to put it charitably, a model of clarity. The jurisprudence arising out of those decisions has been described by the lower court judges as a “judicial morass,” “rife with confusion,” and a “trial judge’s...

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Legislative Prayer Confusion

By Edward White1530632369038

Last week, before its summer recess, the United States Supreme Court refused to review a case in which the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Jackson County, Michigan, Board of Commissioners’ practice of starting its meetings with prayer. That is good news. The Supreme Court, however, also...

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Independence Day: Continuing the Defense of Freedom

By ACLJ.org1530628945243

On this Independence Day, many Americans will get together with family and friends, to celebrate our great nation. Make no mistake, America is great, and we are free, because of the bravery and sacrifice of great men and women who have stood and continue to stand to defend our country. First and...

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Victory for Our National Motto Against a Satanist Attack

By Laura Hernandez1528216353592

Within just days of one victory in a National Motto case , another federal appellate court dismissed a similar lawsuit brought by a Satanist. The self-proclaimed “Satanist,” Kenneth Mayle, had sued the United States government, claiming that the National Motto – “In God We Trust” – on currency...

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VICTORY: Federal Court Upholds National Motto

By Laura Hernandez1527770338856

A federal appellate court has just dismissed an atheist lawsuit, agreeing once again with our arguments that the National Motto – In God We Trust – does not violate the Constitution. Earlier this week, the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the lower court’s decision dismissing Michael...

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Remembering Those Who Have Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice for Our Freedom

By Wesley Smith1527264000000

“We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” ---Winston Churchill Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States to remember all those who have died in military service to the nation. But why do we set this day...

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ACLJ Files Brief to Defend “In God We Trust”

By Laura Hernandez1518793200000

Late last week, as we promised , the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed an amicus brief in federal appeals court defending our National Motto – “In God We Trust” – from a self-described Satanist who brought a lawsuit asking the court to order the motto excised from the nation’s...

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2 Shutdowns: Obama Banned Vets; Now Honored

By Jordan Sekulow1516807517466

During the shutdown of 2013, the Obama Administration turned our public lands and war memorials into political weapons, denying veterans access to the very monuments built in their honor. We were there; we stepped in; we stopped it. In contrast, during the shutdown of 2018, the Trump Administration...

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ACLJ Preparing to Defend the National Motto

By Laura Hernandez1513191600000

For many years, atheists have led the futile charge to have the National Motto excised from the nation’s currency. Undeterred by the atheists’ unbroken string of losses in courts around the country, a self identified “Satanist” has now joined the cause. The Satanist, Kenneth Mayle, filed suit in a...

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A Date of Infamy, 10 Years in the Making

By Edward White1512655200000

Every December, Americans are reminded of December 7, 1941, when Japan attacked the United States. The sneak attack on Pearl Harbor was the catalyst that led to our involvement in World War II. President Franklin Roosevelt, in asking Congress to declare war against Japan, famously called the...

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Thanksgiving Reflections: A Time for Gratefulness

By Jay Sekulow1511285444287

This Thanksgiving, it is more important than ever to take time to reflect on the true meaning of this important holiday. Thanksgiving is a truly American holiday. It was instituted by President George Washington by a Proclamation on October 3, 1789, setting aside November 26th as a national day of...

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Happy(?) Birthday Socialism

By Wesley Smith1510938110684

Last week marked the 100th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, the culmination of a two-part revolution that removed Czar Nicholas and established the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or the USSR. It is a dark date in history. The brutal murder of the Czar, his wife and their...

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Honoring Those Who Serve: Veterans Day 2017

By Wesley Smith1510239600000

Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11th, but will be commemorated this Friday, November 10th, as a Federal Holiday. 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. That war was referred to...

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Victory: Court Upholds Legislative Prayer

By Edward White1504733251382

Today, the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals sitting en banc —that is, all active judges rather than the usual three— upheld the Jackson County, Michigan, Board of Commissioners’ practice of starting its meetings with prayer. The American Center for Law & Justice (“ACLJ”) filed an amicus...

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The Latest Ten Commandments Case at Supreme Court

By Geoffrey Surtees1502410824571

Today, we filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of the City of Bloomfield, New Mexico and a Ten Commandments monument that is displayed on public property outside of their city hall. The ACLJ has represented local governments, officials, and private parties in numerous lawsuits...

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What Independence Day Still Means Today

By Wesley Smith1498837611553

The Fourth of July, Independence Day, is the central and most important of American holidays, both for the history it commemorates, the principles it embodies, and the future hopes and dreams it represents. This holiday knows no distinction or separation of its celebrants based on religion or...

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Remembering Those Who Have Died

By Wesley Smith1495807042728

“We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.” ---Winston Churchill Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States to remember all those who have died in military service to the nation. The holiday originated in the...

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ACLJ Defends Legislative Prayer

By Edward White1494338952909

As many legislative bodies do, the Jackson County, Michigan, Board of Commissioners starts its meetings with a prayer. The American Center for Law and Justice (“ACLJ”) has filed an amicus curiae (“friend-of-the-court”) brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit supporting...

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ACLJ Defends School Board Opening in Prayer

By Geoffrey Surtees1493836082751

Can a public school board offer a prayer or invocation prior to a meeting of the board? As we argue in a brief filed with the Ninth Circuit today, the answer to that question is yes . In 2014, the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education adopted a resolution permitting local...

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Latest Atheists' Attack on National Motto

By Laura Hernandez1487279631749

Litigious atheists never give up – at least when it comes to continuing their failing, but relentless, crusade against our National Motto – “In God We Trust.” Appealing their latest defeat to the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the atheists, represented by Michael Newdow, challenged the...

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