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Judge Gorsuch Must Be Confirmed to SCOTUS

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This week, the Supreme Court confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee for Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit represent a critical time for the Supreme Court and our nation. Judge Gorsuch is exceedingly qualified to fill the seat of the late...

Today, the ACLJ filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to intervene in a critically important First Amendment free speech case on behalf of three California crisis pregnancy centers (“CPCs”). In October of 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the so-called “ Reproductive FACT Act .” This pro-abortion law requires licensed pregnancy centers, including CPCs, to tell every one of their clients, no matter the reason for their visit, that they might be able to obtain... read more

This week, the Supreme Court confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee for Judge Neil Gorsuch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit represent a critical time for the Supreme Court and our nation. Judge Gorsuch is exceedingly qualified to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch embraces the Constitution and the rule of law. Obstructionists are vowing to oppose this nominee because of his conservative judicial philosophy. read more

This past week, the United Nation's Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), released a preposterous report declaring that Israel was an “apartheid state.” Further, it outrageously recommends bringing the State of Israel “to an end.” The report, which the U.N. Secretary General has already asked to be taken down from its site (although the executive summary of the anti-Semitic report is still on the U.N.’s website), would be laughable if it was not so dangerous. By way of... read more

The ACLJ’s pro-life legal, policy, and government affairs teams continues to work with state legislatures around the country to craft common-sense pro-life legislation. In the last week, I was privileged to testify in the Maryland state capitol as a witness defending the constitutionality of bills banning late-term abortions and banning dismemberment abortions. The Maryland legislature is currently considering bills that confront some of these ghoulish abortion procedures, which are currently... read more

The ACLJ specifically called for a strategy session designed to counter the Islamic State, or ISIS almost one year ago. Consistent with this idea, the Trump Administration has invited more than 60 nations and international organizations to Washington next week. This comes as the Trump Administration has increased the capability of American forces to counter terrorism, including additional U.S. troops to support the launch of a military assault on the jihadists’ home base. Secretary of State Rex... read more

We are on the cusp of tremendous victories for the American People. First, seven years after the enactment of pro-abortion ObamaCare, it has clearly failed in a devastating fashion. Premiums have skyrocketed, regulations have exploded, and - most importantly – options for healthcare continue to vanish at an alarming rate. We said from the beginning that the structure of ObamaCare was nothing but a scheme that would end with a single-payer system run by the federal government. That dire... read more

Sekulow: "Trump Admin Officially Changes ISIL to ISIS – Pt. 2" Ep. 422

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The following is Pt. 2 from Sekulow Ep. 421: Defeating the enemy requires proper recognition of the enemy. And as the ACLJ has been arguing for years now, you never define your enemy by their aspirations. Now, the Trump Administration is implementing the change we’ve been advocating for years. The...

A federal district judge in Hawaii has just issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) blocking the key provisions of the President’s revised Executive order that pauses the refugee program and admittance of foreign nationals from 6 terrorist hotbeds (Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen) until thorough vetting can be put in place. The court disturbingly ruled that these two provisions – pausing refugees and foreign national entry from 6 nations – target Muslims and violate the... read more

Careful, Planned Parenthood, your true purpose is showing. Pro-life Members of Congress have put forward a new health care proposal – the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”) – the ObamaCare repeal reconciliation bill currently under consideration. A significant provision in the proposed bill (right on page 2) prohibits federal Medicaid funding from going to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood gets more than $527 million in federal funding, the vast majority of which comes through Medicaid... read more

As we reported about a week ago, President Trump issued a new, revised Executive Order addressing the very real terrorism threats hidden within our outdated and naive immigration and refugee programs. We previously filed an amicus brief at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals defending the constitutionality of the first Executive Order, and we also made proposals on ways the Trump Administration could make the order stronger. Just as we predicted, leftist state governments and organizations – read more

Today, we took the plight of persecuted Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities to the United Nations Human Rights Council. We spoke out on behalf of the millions of victims of the Islamic State’s historically evil atrocities. One young woman from Iraq who was forced to be an ISIS sex slave recently said her experience was “more difficult than death” and “can’t be mentioned.” Christians and other minorities pleading for their lives are saying, “No one cares about us like we are not... read more

Sekulow: "Trump Admin Officially Changes ISIL to ISIS" Ep. 421

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Defeating the enemy requires proper recognition of the enemy. And as the ACLJ has been arguing for years now, you never define your enemy by their aspirations. Now, the Trump Administration is implementing the change we’ve been advocating for years. The change of leadership in the White House just...

In an astonishing display of misconduct, it appears that the Obama Administration may have placed politics ahead of the nation’s security right before the 2016 election. While the media is consumed with reports alleging Russia’s collusive interference in the November presidential election, and while there is no proof the Russians affected the result of the election, there is evidence the Obama Administration put electoral interests over our national security. The facts, at present, are... read more

Moments ago, we delivered an oral intervention at the United Nations (U.N.) in support of American Pastor Andrew Brunson, a U.S. citizen from North Carolina who is currently in prison in Turkey, facing unfounded charges for his Christian faith. At the same time Turkey’s Prime Minister has broken its silence on this wrongfully imprisoned U.S. citizen, stating it can speed up the trial of Pastor Andrew. As USA Today reports: Turkey will consider speeding up the trial for an American pastor swept... read more

Buried in the controversy over President Trump’s reissued Executive Order pausing the refugee program to ensure extreme vetting and the admission of foreign nationals from six terrorist hotspots, President Trump is simultaneously making the case for the establishment of in-region safe zones. This is a critical policy proposal that we at the ACLJ have been urging, in conjunction with a pause in Syrian refugees and the implementation of verifiable vetting procedures, for the last year and a half... read more

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 IRS that wrongly targeted grassroots conservatives during the Obama administration. As I reported here last year, we’re not the only ones critical of an untrustworthy IRS. Consider the words of a... read more

VICTORY: Changing 'ISIL' to 'ISIS'

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Defeating the enemy requires proper recognition of the enemy. And as the ACLJ has been arguing for years now, you never define your enemy by their aspirations. Now, the Trump Administration is implementing the change we’ve been advocating for years. The change of leadership in the White House just...

Renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and former presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson was confirmed on March 2nd as the nation’s 17th Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). After an undue delay in the Senate’s vote on Dr. Carson, only 6 out of 46 Democrats voted to confirm Carson. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joined Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and the... read more

Earlier today, President Trump signed a new “Executive Order Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” This new order is legally bullet proof. It serves as a key first step in protecting America from jihadist attacks. It recognizes the fact that of the 1,000 ongoing terrorist investigations in the U.S., 300 are looking into individuals who entered America through our refugee program. And it implements many of our legal proposals aimed at withstanding judicial... read more

Sekulow: "Defunding Planned Parenthood Now" Ep. 420

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Page two of the ObamaCare replacement bill calls for the immediate defunding of Planned Parenthood. This is something that we have been calling on for years. We discuss this and more on Sekulow TV. Don't miss it.

There is a ruthless, coordinated attempt by those on the Left – in Congress, in the mainstream media, and in the bureaucracy – to undermine and undercut President Trump. First it’s a leak. Then a deceptive smear. And finally an all-out assault intended to hinder and even remove from office senior Trump Administration officials. The latest attack is no exception. Make no mistake. This is a calculated hit job against Attorney General Jeff Sessions designed to subvert President Trump’s agenda and... read more

As the Islamic State (ISIS) continues its genocidal campaign to eradicate Christianity and other religious minorities throughout Iraq and Syria, the world’s principal international body, the United Nations, has remained silent. Enough is enough. The ACLJ has been advocating globally for three years to end the ISIS genocide against Christians and other religious minorities. These historical atrocities will only end with U.S. and global leaders recognizing what is happening AND acting to end it. read more

Defeating the enemy requires proper recognition of the enemy. And as the ACLJ has been arguing for years now, you never define your enemy by their aspirations. Now, the Trump Administration is implementing the change we’ve been advocating for years. The change of leadership in the White House just produced a striking change of terminology in the war against the Islamic State terrorist group. The name preferred by the Obama Administration, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, (or ISIL) goes... read more

It is unmistakably clear that our federal government’s national security apparatus faces opposition from an ever-expanding and ever-ramifying network of individuals and groups that are prepared to subvert the Constitution, the rule of law and our national security interests in order to advance their own ideological precommitments. One way to think of this network is a shadow government, a metaphor that has attained a progressively larger public profile over the past several months. This network... read more

Today we delivered Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of the Director of National Security (ODNI), and the National Security Agency (NSA) to find out why the Obama Administration waited until mere days before a new Administration took over to implement a significant change in intelligence policy. As we’ve stated before , this significant policy change appears to have a direct correlation to the exponentially increased number of intel... read more

Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond (H.R.) McMaster, recently named as President Trump’s National Security Adviser (NSA), with his stocky build, shaved head and calm-but straight forward-manner, is a unique choice for this influential position in the new Administration. He embodies the warrior-intellectual , a recipient of the Silver Star with multiple combat tours in his 33-year military career, while also holding a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in History. He is an expert in... read more

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

Sekulow: "Senator Interviews on SCOTUS Pick – Pt. 2" Ep. 419

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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

Sekulow: "Senator Interviews on SCOTUS Pick" Ep. 418

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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...

Sekulow: "President Trump Nominates Judge Gorsuch" Ep. 417

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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

Sekulow: "Supreme Court Nominee Announced" Ep. 416

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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