After attending the United Nations (U.N.) Security Council’s monthly meeting on Middle East issues for the first time, newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley delivered strong remarks rebuking the Security Council for the shameful way in which it has operated “month after month, for decades.” “I have to admit, it was a bit strange,” Haley said of the Security Council’s meeting agenda. At the press conference following the meeting, Ambassador Haley pointed directly to the... read more
It has long been said, “Justice delayed is justice denied.” Yesterday, thanks to a decision issued from a federal judge in Texas, justice has again been denied to the most vulnerable among us – the unborn. In the case titled Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas Family Planning v. Smith , Judge Sam Sparks for the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas issued a decision blocking Texas state health officials from denying taxpayer funding through Medicaid to Planned... read more
Earlier today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released two new memos outlining the Trump Administration’s plan to aggressively enforce the current immigration laws of the country, which will likely result in a massive expansion of the number of illegal immigrants detained and deported. These memos clearly bolster and aggressively reinforce the Administration’s ability, currently allowed under the law, to confront the issue of illegal immigration, as the country awaits rulings by... read more
The following is Pt. 2 from Sekulow Ep. 418: Judge Neil Gorsuch is officially the Supreme Court nominee hand-picked by the President to replace the late, great Justice Scalia. Judge Gorsuch is an ardent defender of religious freedom and religious liberty. On this special edition of the broadcast,
There has been a veil cast across society. A mirage so effective it’s nearly impossible to look through and see the reality of our present circumstances. TeenVogue, a publication targeting young teen girls, gave us a small glimpse of our true reality when it published its “Post Abortion Gift Guide.” Yep. You read that correctly. It’s a list of 10 things you can get for your bestie who’s deciding to have an abortion, ranging from poetry books to chocolates to many other disturbing suggestions... read more
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 inscription of the National Motto on the Nation’s currency, claiming that the mere presence of the Motto on coins and paper currency violates their Free Speech and Free Exercise Clause Rights. There is a... read more
While opponents of President Trump have become emboldened in the wake of General Flynn’s resignation as the National Security Adviser, and while the media has reveled in a frenzy of self-righteous outrage that conceals its glee, it is important to observe that his resignation was sparked by leaked information coming from unelected bureaucrats within our nation’s intelligence apparatus, seemingly provoked by their deep distaste for the new Administration. Even more ominously, some of these... read more
American Pastor Andrew Brunson has now spent more than 125 days wrongfully imprisoned in Turkey. He’s spent Thanksgiving, Christmas, and his birthday locked away in a prison cell in Turkey, the only Christian among 19 prisoners confined in a 10-person cell. Now, Pastor Andrew’s daughter has to postpone her wedding, as she waits for her dad to walk her down the aisle. Pastor Andrew is a U.S. citizen from North Carolina facing unfounded charges after faithfully serving the people of Turkey for 23... read more
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 story about Ajit Pai as the new Republican chairman of the FCC, New Chairman Quickly Shakes Up FCC , highlighting that he “is quickly making his mark on the agency, shaking up its operations and rolling... read more
Judge Neil Gorsuch is officially the Supreme Court nominee hand-picked by the President to replace the late, great Justice Scalia. Judge Gorsuch is an ardent defender of religious freedom and religious liberty. On this special edition of the broadcast, we talk with Senators in charge of the...
We must replace Justice Scalia with a staunch conservative. The next Supreme Court Justice will likely be the determinative vote on the most monumental issues of our time: abortion, religious liberty, national security, and free speech. President Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the...
Nine months ago, the ACLJ, in partnership with our European affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ), filed urgent testimony with the United Nations Human Rights Council. Our written statement outlined the genocidal acts against Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq occurring at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS), and requested that the United Nations take immediate action by formally recognizing these groups as victims of genocide. In the nine long... read more
Tonight a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision backing an earlier decision by a federal district court judge in Washington State that put President Trump’s national security Executive order affecting seven countries that harbor terrorists on hold. This decision is disappointing and clearly puts our nation in grave danger. The fact is that President Trump clearly has the constitutional and statutory authority to issue this order. It is clear: radical Islamic terrorists are... read more
Senator Jeff Sessions has just been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Attorney General of the United States. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will make an exceptional Attorney General. His understanding and commitment to the rule of law is extraordinary and badly needed in the Department of Justice – the chief enforcer of federal laws. His lifetime commitment to preserving the constitution and the rule of law is vital and no doubt will serve him well in this new position. After eight years of a... read more
There are moments in life that you come across something that just confounds your senses, where you pause momentarily to try to soak in exactly what you’ve just witnessed. Does it match your worldview or is it in direct violation? Does it pluck at your heartstrings genuinely or is it fundamentally deceptive? Does it drive your soul toward compassion or wrath? I had one of these moments when recently watching a television commercial produced by Planned Parenthood that depicted a woman choking... read more
In a move with legal reasoning as spurious as it is sparse, this past week, a federal judge in Washington state issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) putting a hold on President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order , which was designed to protect the United States from foreign terrorists who desire entry into the United States. The federal district judge’s order contravenes legal procedure, the considered judgment of Congress that the President should have unreviewable authority to... read more
Words can be powerful conduits for truth. But in politics, language can also serve to camouflage public harm under the gloss of an appealing label. Take, for example, the “Sanctuary City” movement. A host of cities have passed local rules under the guise of that attractive mantra, creating consequences that have been both lawless and ugly. Local Sanctuary Cities have refused to obey federal immigration laws and have turned a blind eye to lawful “detainer” requests from federal authorities. read more
When former Secretary of State John Kerry was practically begging Iran’s ayatollahs almost daily in the hope of getting an agreement— any agreement —with Iran regarding its development of nuclear weapons, lots of us believed that we were in a process of being taken to the cleaners. We knew that any deal that emerged from such obvious, abject U.S. and Western weakness would not be worth the paper it was written on. Well, guess what?! We were right. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (I’ll... read more
On President Trump’s seventh full day in office, he signed a Presidential Memorandum on National Security to follow up on his promise to defeat and destroy ISIS (the Islamic State) and to aggressively fight all forms of radical jihad. The memo contains clear and purposeful directions that will coordinate all United States capabilities and resources, involving multiple federal agencies, to take the fight to ISIS and Islamic jihadists in new ways. The President’s memorandum puts into action key... read more
President Donald Trump has just nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The nomination of Judge Gorsuch to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court of the United States represents an important step forward in restoring a judicial philosophy on the high court that...
President Donald Trump’s selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the United States Supreme Court fulfills his campaign pledge to nominate a conservative jurist to the Court. As this summary shows, consistent with this pledge, on both a substantive and linguistic level, Judge Gorsuch stands ready to continue a vitally important legacy of conservative jurisprudence on our nation’s highest court. After a thorough and impartial review of Judge Gorsuch’s participation in a number of contentious... read more
Last week, a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision backing an earlier decision by a federal district court judge in Washington State that put President Trump’s national security Executive order affecting seven countries that harbor terrorists on hold. In short, this is a...
Every Supreme Court vacancy is a monumental moment in the history of our great nation and for our Constitution. But filling the seat of the late Associate Justice Antonin Scalia – the conservative lion of the Court and one of the most important and significant Supreme Court justices in our nation's history – is a task that brings even higher stakes and consequences for the future of our constitutional republic. Justice Antonin Scalia was an intellectual giant. He was one of our country's most... read more
President Donald Trump has just nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. The nomination of Judge Gorsuch to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat on the Supreme Court of the United States represents an important step forward in restoring a judicial philosophy on the high court that embraces the Constitution and the rule of law. The Senate must act to confirm him without delay. At the ACLJ, we’re very encouraged by President Trump’s nominee to fill the late Justice Antonin... read more
Jordan Sekulow, Executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice provides insight into the legality of President Trump's immigration executive orders. read more
We just received urgent news out of Sudan regarding the fate of Pastor Hassan Abduraheem who is on trial for false charges relating to his Christian faith. The judge issued his verdict in the case on Sunday, and it is devastating news for Pastor Hassan. Pastor Hassan received a 12-year sentence on the grounds of espionage, inciting strife between communities, and spreading rumors that undermine respect for the state. This sentence is particularly disturbing for the future of religious freedom... read more
This is a bureaucratic coup d'état. Acting Attorney General Sally Yates – a holdover from the Obama Administration – has just ordered the Department of Justice not to defend President Trump’s Executive order on securing America. Disappointed bureaucrats don’t get to pick and choose what Executive orders they will follow. Yates does not even claim that the Executive order in question violates the Constitution. In fact, her order not to follow the President’s order acknowledges that the “Office... read more
On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump entered an Executive Order that (1) suspends immigrant and nonimmigrant entry from 7 countries of particular concern; (2) pauses the entire U.S. refugee program for 120 days; and (3) prioritizes claims of people seeking refugee status due to religious persecution from countries where their religion is a minority. Importantly, nothing in the Order bans the entry of Muslims because they are Muslims or even identifies any particular religion or faith . read more
A gentlemen’s war was once fought at a meeting on the battlefield, standing face-to-face and barrel-to-barrel, as each soldier was shot down one by one. Where the victor was decided either by surrender, retreat, or whoever had the lowest body count at the battle’s end. Since then there has been an evolution of war. No longer is a war fought standing in a lineup while staring into the barrel of an opponent’s gun, it’s fought in the air, on the ground, online, and in the hearts of the world’s... read more
Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice provides insight into the legality of President Trump's immigration executive orders. read more
We are at war. It is not a war we chose. Radical Islamic jihadists chose the war. They chose the targets – Christians, Americans, and freedom. As ISIS (the Islamic State) and other Islamic jihadists wage genocide against Christians and other religious minorities and plot and execute horrific terrorist attacks across the world, what should our response be as a nation? Our response as Americans and Christians should be both to care for the victims of this horrific genocide and protect the... read more
(This is part 2 of Episode 413.) Enough is enough. Congress must act and stop all funding to Planned Parenthood – the nation's largest abortion provider – especially after investigative journalists found that only FIVE of the NINETY-SEVEN clinics they contacted actually provided prenatal services.
Today tens of thousands of Americans gather in our nation’s capital to stand for the sanctity of human life at the 2017 March for Life . The March for Life comes at a critical time. In recent days, we have seen legislative efforts to protect the sanctity of human life. We're encouraged by the pro-life promise and action of the Trump Administration which reinstated the Mexico City Policy which bans taxpayer funding for abortions overseas through foreign aid. And we continue to work with the... read more
Earlier this week, in a 238-183 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 7 – the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act . This is a significant, bipartisan step forward for the pro-life movement and toward protecting the sanctity of every single human life. H.R. 7 is the formal codification of the Hyde Amendment , which first passed in 1976 as a rider to appropriations bills to prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to directly fund abortions. As we’ve explained before , “the Hyde... read more
In the debate over defunding Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood and its allies spin numerous tales about why defunding Planned Parenthood would be so damaging. They’ve just been caught in yet another lie. We’ve previously debunked claims about what percentage of their services are abortions , how many mammograms they perform (hint: the answer is zero) and other false claims. Yesterday, journalists at Live Action revealed the results of an undercover investigation that exposed yet another... read more
There are a lot of questions being asked right now about what needs to happen to defund Planned Parenthood. It’s the next big pro-life fight on Capitol Hill, now that President Trump has reinstated the Mexico City Policy protecting American taxpayers from being forced to fund and promote abortions internationally. Here are the five things you need to know about defunding Planned Parenthood. Why We Must Defund Planned Parenthood It’s fairly simple. Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion... read more
On President Trump’s first day in office, the ACLJ has already achieved a significant victory as the President adopts a key ACLJ recommendation aimed at bringing down pro-abortion ObamaCare. As one of his first acts, President Trump issued an Executive order directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to grant waivers and exemptions to the Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare). This order could effectively gut the individual mandate. The Trump Administration’s move responds to... read more
Just when you think it couldn’t get more outrageous, we find out that mere hours before President Donald Trump took the oath of office, the Obama Administration brazenly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority, one of the leading sponsors of terror in the Middle East. Just weeks before this decision, President Obama’s Administration commenced its attacks on Israel and its democratically elected leaders. It did so by refusing to veto a United Nation Security Council (U.N.) resolution... read more
Hours ago, President Donald Trump fulfilled his first promise to the pro-life community by signing an Executive order reinstating Ronald Reagan’s Mexico City Policy, which prohibits the use of U.S. taxpayer money in foreign aid to fund or promote abortions outside of the United States. This is a vital fight that we have been engaged in for years, battling to ensure that American taxpayers are not forced to fund abortions overseas. Even beyond that, it prevents American taxpayers from being... read more
No American should be forced to fund the abortion industry. Yet, that’s exactly what’s happening and it must end. It’s time for Congress to defund Planned Parenthood. First, let’s dispense with the absurd notion that Planned Parenthood is somehow not in the abortion business. Fact checkers have hammered this fallacious claim for what it is — a ludicrous lie. As a lawyer I deal in evidence, so let’s look at the facts. Planned Parenthood provides more than 323,000 abortions each year — making it... read more
Last night, less than 24 hours before President Obama left office, we obtained critical documents exposing collusion between President Obama’s State Department, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s senior staff, and the Clinton Foundation on the closure of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GITMO). As we explained before : Our friends at Judicial Watch uncovered key emails that showed requests for special treatment. Our FOIA requests take the next step: What happened... read more
Enough is enough. Congress must act and stop all funding to Planned Parenthood – the nation's largest abortion provider – especially after investigative journalists found that only FIVE of the NINETY-SEVEN clinics they contacted actually provided prenatal services. Take action here .
On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the United States. Next week, the 44th March for Life is taking place in Washington, D.C.The March for Life occurs annually around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade , and is a means of ensuring that the truth about legalized abortion is nationally recognized and remembered: it is “the greatest human rights violation of our time.” Since 1973, at least 58,586,256 pre-born babies have been murdered. The lives of... read more
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 – private speakers who say things the government disapproves of. The implications for speech by Christians, pro-lifers, and others who are not deemed "politically correct" are enormous. At issue is the... read more
In our ongoing lawsuit against President Obama’s State Department over the Iran lie, we have received definitive evidence that the Obama Administration intentionally manipulated the public video record of a press briefing – deleting a portion in which it admitted lying to the American people about the Iran nuclear negotiations. The document – a “sensitive but unclassified” internal review of the matter by the U.S. State Department – contains a section expressly notated: “ Evidence of Purposeful... read more
There’s one great advantage to working closely with social media as the ACLJ’s Director of Social Media Advocacy: access to a large number of ideas and worldviews. Every day I sift through thousands of comments and as I read it doesn’t take long for a trend of ideas to emerge. As these trends start to materialize, ideas of my own start to bubble to the surface and at times the impulse to respond becomes irresistible. One such idea that I see far too often is that it is mercy for a mother to... read more
Yesterday the news broke that the wife of the Orlando terrorist, Omar Mateen, has been arrested on charges in connection with the jihadist attack that left 49 dead and more than 50 injured. It has been absurdly asserted for months – by President Obama and his leftist allies with their heads in the sand – that Omar Mateen and every other terrorist attack on our soil in the last eight years was random, unconnected happenstance. Even though the jihadists themselves publicly proclaim allegiance to... read more