Religious Liberty

As SCOTUS Considers Prayer Case, ACLJ Presents Oral Argument in Defense

By Abigail A. Southerland1651755600000

Today is the National Day of Prayer, and just last week, the ACLJ presented oral argument before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the City of Ocala to defend the longstanding practice of prayer in our country and our First Freedom, religious liberty. In the fall of 2014, the City...

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SCOTUS Has an Opportunity To Affirm the Religious Liberty of Our Founding

By Mike Pompeo, Senior Counsel for Global Affairs1651244019086

Our Founders viewed religious freedom as the bedrock upon which all other unalienable rights rested because it requires the government to respect the American people and encourages mutual respect amongst the American people. At the time, this commitment to religious tolerance and true religious...

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Appealing Our Case Defending a Ministry From Government Discrimination

By Christina Compagnone (Stierhoff)1650891540000

The ACLJ has appealed a case to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals defending a church-based ministry from unlawful discrimination by local zoning authorities. We won’t stop fighting for this crucial religious ministry that our client, Vision Warriors Church, Inc., provides to those in its...

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ACLJ: Protecting the Rights of Religious Believers From Discrimination

By Geoffrey Surtees1650545940000

The work of the ACLJ does not just involve litigating cases in court—from the district court, through the court of appeals, to the Supreme Court itself. It does not just involve participating in the legislative process on the state and federal levels, submitting formal comments on federal...

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ACLJ Files SCOTUS Brief Defending a Football Coach's Right To Pray

By Laura Hernandez1647262740000

Recently, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in a major religious liberty case. In Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, a school fired Coach Joe Kennedy because he said a brief, quiet prayer of gratitude after football...

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Public School Punishes 2nd Grade Christian Girl for Talking About Jesus

By Christina Compagnone (Stierhoff)1646235822103

Can you imagine your child coming home from school crying because they were bullied by school administrators for sharing the Gospel? A public school student’s religious liberty is something the ACLJ has fought to protect from the very beginning when Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow argued and won Board of...

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ACLJ Defends Church Barred From Gathering Without a Liquor License

By Jordan Sekulow and Benjamin P. Sisney1645565101165

The ACLJ just filed an appeal to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in our case defending a Virginia church that was banned from holding services and events on its own property unless it obtained a LIQUOR LICENSE – a blatant violation of the church’s rights. We told you how Prince William County...

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Eleventh Circuit Will Hear Oral Argument on Prayer Ban in Major ACLJ Case

By Abigail A. Southerland1644251924737

In response to our request, the Eleventh Circuit has scheduled oral argument in our important prayer case. Oral arguments will be held the week of April 25, 2022, in our case appealing a flawed federal district ruling declaring that government officials can no longer encourage citizens to pray amid...

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ACLJ Filing Critical Religious Liberty Brief at SCOTUS To Defend Prayer

By Jordan Sekulow1643637540000

Imagine you’re a high school football coach, and a person of faith. After every game, when the team is on the sidelines and the crowds are moving to the parking lot – you step out onto the empty field and you kneel down and pray, giving thanks to God for a good game and the health of your young...

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Defend Prayer at the Supreme Court


Prayer is under attack at the Supreme Court. Coach Kennedy prayed silently after every football game. He was fired for exercising his Christian faith. Absurdly, federal courts (including the...


2021 Victories: Victory in Lawsuit Against California's Worship Ban

By ACLJ.org1640894869015

This is the latest installment of our year-end Victories Series, looking back at some of the numerous victories by the ACLJ in 2021. During the pandemic, the ACLJ represented three churches in a major lawsuit challenging California’s ban on singing and chanting at indoor worship services. After a...

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2021 Victories: ACLJ Successfully Defends the Rights of Jurors To Pray

By ACLJ.org1640808000000

This is the latest installment of our year-end Victories Series, looking back at some of the numerous victories by the ACLJ in 2021. Through the efforts of our legal team – and the power of prayer – the ACLJ successfully helped defend the right to pray – even in a jury box, where God’s wisdom and...

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2021 Victories: Another Victory for Religious Freedom in the Workplace

By ACLJ.org1640699940000

This is the latest installment of our year-end Victories Series, looking back at some of the numerous victories by the ACLJ in 2021. Earlier this year, the ACLJ was contacted by a Messianic Christian after he had been told he could no longer come to work without shaving his beard. We immediately...

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Company Official Demands Employee Remove "Shabbat Shalom" Sign

By Christina Compagnone (Stierhoff)1640008740000

This has to be one of the most egregious violations of an individual’s religious liberty in the workplace that we’ve ever seen, and thankfully we were able to help achieve a quick victory for the employee who contacted us. The ACLJ was contacted by a Messianic Jewish worker at a manufacturing...

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A WAR ON CHRISTMAS: Secularists Target Military Gravesites

By Jay Sekulow1639606553899

As the war on Christmas returns, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation is going after an organization called Wreaths Across America that lays wreaths on the tombstones of veterans. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation and their president have claimed that failure to achieve consent for...

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ACLJ Assists College Student After English Professor Refuses To Accept Her Essay on Jesus

By Abigail A. Southerland1639517747709

Every year, the ACLJ provides legal assistance to students across the country whose constitutional rights have been threatened or infringed upon by school officials. These students range in grades from kindergarten to college, but the facts are always similar: Their religious speech is silenced by...

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Realtor Board Backs Down From Attack on Cross in Realtor's Ads

By Abigail A. Southerland1636488621588

Some weeks ago, the ACLJ was contacted by a long-time realtor who had been warned by his local realtor association board that the use of a cross in his realtor advertisements might create an issue under federal law and violate nondiscrimination policies. He was being pressured to remove the cross.

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ACLJ Defends Belk Employee Fired for Requesting To Attend Church

By Abigail A. Southerland1634561940000

Defending religious liberty has been at the forefront of the mission of the ACLJ for over 30 years. And that mission is needed NOW MORE THAN EVER. The radical Left is waging an all-out assault on religious liberty, targeting churches to harass, discriminate against, and even shut down. We’ve told...

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ACLJ Defends Religious Liberty in Big Win For Sharing Bible Tracts

By Abigail A. Southerland1631040182879

Last week, the ACLJ obtained another victory for religious freedom. Here are the facts. In the late summer of this year, church members of a small community were peacefully distributing religious literature on public property at a public event when one of them was confronted by a city employee. The...

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You Have the Right To Have Your Bible in an Apartment Complex Common Area

By Christina Compagnone (Stierhoff)1630414740000

The ACLJ had two more religious liberty victories this month as we continue to fight to protect your right to worship and congregate. We recently listed the steps for requesting religious accommodations from your employers in order to observe the Sabbath. Our latest success story involves a power...

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