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City's Unconstitutional Treatment of Religious Speech

By Carly F. Gammill1523026800000

Like many local governments, the City of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, tries to assist citizens in publicizing upcoming community events. Grand Rapids does this through its Readerboard, a large electronic marquee on which nonprofit organizations may advertise their activities, subject to certain...

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Defending Evangelism, Thirty Years and Counting

By Geoffrey Surtees1522249200000

Over 30 years ago, even before the creation of the ACLJ, our Chief Counsel, Jay Sekulow, presented arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Board of Airport Commissioners of the City of Los Angeles v. Jews for Jesus, Inc . You can listen to that argument here . Jay represented Alan...

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The University That Swallowed a Sidewalk?

By Walter M. Weber1519311600000

In the 1958 horror movie, "The Blob," a growing reddish blob from outer space devours everyone it touches. Echoing that film, a panel of judges of a federal appeals court ruled that the campus of the University of Alabama, home of the Crimson Tide, devours the speech rights of those on the...

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Victory: Ensuring Christian Student Can Graduate

By ACLJ.org1515513714019

The ACLJ has secured an important victory on behalf of a Christian student at a university in the West, ensuring that he was able to finish his courses and graduate. With our assistance at a crucial meeting between the student and university officials, the student was able to demonstrate that he...

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Nativity Drawing Included in Christmas Event Program

By Erik Zimmerman1513954800000

Every December, the ACLJ receives many inquiries concerning the legal rules that apply when there is a religious aspect to a holiday-themed assignment, program, or party in a public school. Recently, we helped to defend the free speech rights of a third grade student in Indiana concerning her...

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Victory: ACLJ Resoundingly Defeats IRS Targeting

By ACLJ.org1513799292738

This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the numerous victories by the ACLJ in 2017. Five years ago, no one would have believed this victory was possible. We were taking on the Obama Administration’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – the most feared bureaucratic...

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IRS Admits Tea Party Targeted During Obama Era

By Jay Sekulow1509043807523

It took many years to resolve. But I am delighted to report that we have just obtained a resounding victory in our legal challenge to the IRS’s political targeting of conservative organizations. In an unprecedented victorious conclusion to our four year-long legal battle against the IRS, the...

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VICTORY: IRS Admits Targeting Tea Party Groups

By Jay Sekulow1509026688503

We have just obtained a resounding victory in our legal challenge to the IRS’s political targeting of conservative organizations. In an unprecedented victorious conclusion to our years-long legal battle against the IRS, the bureaucratic agency has just admitted in federal court that it wrongfully...

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Corrupt IRS Exposed in Making Bogus Refunds

By Miles Terry1501269216663

In an explosive new revelation reported earlier this week, it was reported by the Washington Times that the former Obama Administration gave out more that “$24 billion in potentially bogus refunds claimed under several controversial tax credits in 2016, according to a new audit that said $118...

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Another Victory Against the IRS

By Miles Terry1500415692542

It has long been established that IRS officials under the Obama Administration “orchestrated a complex scheme to dump conservative and Tea Party non-profit applicants into a bureaucratic ‘black hole.’” Hundreds of documents have been uncovered in recent years that clearly establish that “top IRS...

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Protect Pastors’ Free Speech

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The free speech of pastors in the pulpit is being eviscerated. President Trump issued an Executive Order to defend religious liberty and protect pastors. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)

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The Assault on Freedom of Speech Escalates

By Harry G. Hutchison1493826433697

As a raft of leftist news media outlets, commentators and administrators renounce their support for the First Amendment in order to censor free speech, the escalating war on freedom of speech and the Constitution threatens everyone. Craven assaults on the Constitution and our civil liberties by...

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Defend Free Speech from Extinction

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Free Speech is under blistering attack. On university campuses, leftist administrators are capitulating to violent mobs – silencing, censoring, and squelching free speech. Conservatives face vehement...

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Lois Lerner Got off Easy in the IRS Scandal

By Jay Sekulow1492440006970

The Trump administration is prompting a lot of change in Washington. Now, there’s a new call to get to the bottom of the corruption inside the Internal Revenue Service's well-coordinated scheme to target conservative organizations. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady and Tax Policy...

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Court Permits Discovery into IRS Targeting

By Carly F. Gammill1492119000000

Next month will mark four years since we filed a lawsuit on behalf of a group of 41 conservative nonprofit organizations against the IRS to put an end to the agency’s blatant viewpoint-based targeting of the groups when they first filed their applications for tax-exempt status. Despite (1) the...

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Victory Over IRS Targeting of Conservatives

By Miles Terry1491937135329

Last week, the ACLJ achieved yet another victory against one of the longest-running scandals, the Obama Administration’s IRS targeting of Tea Party and other grassroots conservative groups. After waiting for more than seven years, we are happy to report that the Tri-Cities Tea Party based in...

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President Trump, Restore IRS Credibility Now

By Jay Sekulow1489075136296

As President Trump focuses on implementing changes across the federal government, there’s one agency that desperately needs his attention – and his penchant for change – the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). For many years now, we have been battling a corrupt IRS in federal court. This is a lawless...

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The FCC’s Net Neutrality Regulations Must Go

By Colby M. May1487192382522

After eight years of battling the Obama Administration’s regulatory abuse at the FCC, we are excited about the new chairman appointed by the Trump White House being poised and ready to bring regulatory reforms that we’ve been championing at the ACLJ for years. Earlier this week, The Hill ran a...

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Trademarks and Free Speech at the Supreme Court

By Walter M. Weber1484842601399

Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a trademark case, Lee v. Tam . You may be asking yourself, why does the American Center for Law and Justice care about trademark law? In this case, we most certainly do: at issue is the ability of government to supervise – and penalize –

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2016 Victories: Statue of Jesus Preserved

By ACLJ.org1481292000000

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...

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