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School Backs Down After Confiscating 2nd Grader's Bible at School

By Francis J. Manion1622638740000

A little girl had her Bible confiscated by school officials. How could this still be happening in America? From our founding in 1990, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) has been at the forefront of defending the First Amendment rights of students to pray, evangelize, read their Bibles,

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5 More Wins in the ACLJ’s Fight for the Religious Rights of Employees

By Christina Stierhoff1621261112208

The ACLJ’s mission has always been to protect the fundamental right of Americans to practice religion freely and without discrimination. In terms of companies requiring their employees to work on the Sabbath, we want you to know that you have rights that cannot be violated. In the past two months...

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Major Victory for Religious Liberty of Jurors

By Jordan Sekulow1620404116785

We just scored a major win in court for religious freedom. Through the efforts of the ACLJ legal team – and the power of prayer – we successfully helped defend the right to pray. Even in a jury box, where God’s wisdom and guidance may be most crucial. We recently told you how in 2017, a United...

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California Finally Capitulates and Lifts Worship Ban on Churches

By Abigail A. Southerland1619725946069

This week – approximately ten (10) months following implementation of an outright ban on worship in churches – California has finally lifted the unconstitutional restriction. As you might recall, on July 1, 2020, California issued a mandate that places of worship “must therefore discontinue singing...

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“Woke” Public School Teachers Are Now Targeting Christian Students

By Logan Sekulow1619040688126

The wave of progressive ideology is continuously being pushed on our children in public and private schools. This is something we have fought against since the 90s. In a recent case in which we assisted, a public school drama teacher in Florida decided she was not going to allow a student to...

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“Woke” Public School Teachers Are Targeting Christian Students

By Christina Stierhoff1618934678421

Within the first year of the ACLJ’s founding, our Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow was already fighting at the United States Supreme Court for students’ right to religious freedom under the First Amendment within the public school system in Board of Education v. Mergens (1990) . And we won. Unfortunately,

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UPDATE: Oklahoma's Religious Freedom Act Just Passed the State Senate

By Benjamin P. Sisney1617717540000

During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, questions swirled about what was “essential” and what wasn’t. At the ACLJ, we firmly believe that churches and worship services are essential, and we have fought to safeguard those constitutionally protected rights and institutions. Shockingly, we...

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The ACLJ Needed Now More Than Ever: Religious Liberty

By Jordan Sekulow1617026340000

The following is the third installment of a six-part series focusing on why the ACLJ is needed now more than ever to protect the victories we’ve achieved and beat back the ominous challenges we now face under the Biden Administration . The battle for religious liberty at home and abroad is at the...

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Religious Liberty and Freedom Upheld Against a Georgia University

By Harry G. Hutchison1615388340000

Dangers for Christian individuals, schools, and colleges are now clearly and unmistakably on the nation’s horizon. This is so because left-wing advocates and others continue to advance policies that place constitutional rights at risk. Recently, Jordan Sekulow, Executive Director of the ACLJ,

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Buddhist-Based Mindfulness Programs in Public Schools for 7 Years

By Christina Stierhoff1614783540000

The ACLJ has recently unveiled the truth of Mindfulness’ infiltration into the United States’ public schools. Through our two-year-long Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) investigation , the ACLJ has uncovered that the Department of Education (DOE) has been experimenting with Mindfulness programs...

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Four Years of Trump Admin Advancing Global Religious Freedoms

By Olivia Summers1612295160971

While President Biden has now taken office, and we are focused on working to ensure his Administration protects religious freedom across the globe, it is important to understand the gains we’ve made in the last four years – what we must build upon in our advocacy for the persecuted Church. On...

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ACLJ Files in Worship Ban Lawsuit Detailing Critical New Precedent

By Erik Zimmerman1611069119146

The ACLJ represents three churches in a lawsuit challenging California’s ban on all singing and chanting at indoor worship services throughout the state. We recently filed a supplemental brief asking the court to prevent California from enforcing the ban while the case moves forward. In an earlier...

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ACLJ Secures Another Victory for Religious Exercise in the Workplace

By Christina Stierhoff1609861763434

As understood by the God-fearing people who fled to a new land in search of religious liberty, our country was founded on the idea that all citizens are free to exercise their religion in their daily lives, including while at work. Thus, when the ACLJ was contacted by an individual, a Messianic...

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Writing the Book On Religious Freedom in the Workplace

By Geoffrey Surtees1609434987026

Does a person of faith have to leave his religious commitments at home when he enters the workplace? Does he have to place job duties ahead of his religious ones? What if an employer assigns a task that would require one to violate one’s religious beliefs? Unfortunately, far too many people (both...

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2020 Victories: Religious Liberty Victory for Christian FBI Agent

By ACLJ.org1609359356367

This is the latest installment of our year-end victories series looking back at some of the numerous victories by the ACLJ in 2020. This year the ACLJ secured a victory on behalf of a federal law enforcement employee whose religious liberty came under attack. A Christian FBI agent contacted us...

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ACLJ Secures Victory for Messianic Congregation

By Abigail A. Southerland1609273741126

The ACLJ has secured another RLUIPA victory. This time on behalf of a Messianic congregation in California. The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) is a federal law designed to protect religious assemblies and institutions from land use regulations that interfere with...

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Do Jurors Have To Stop Praying? – ACLJ Files Brief Defending Prayer

By Jordan Sekulow1607444071671

This is a case involving fundamentals – fundamental tenets of what it means to be a U.S. citizen and fundamental beliefs of Christians and many other religious faiths. Fundamental to American civics is the right of citizens to vote, and often with that right comes the responsibility of serving on a...

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Supreme Court Blocks Discriminatory COVID-19 Restrictions on Churches

By Harry G. Hutchison1607114881485

The Supreme Court last week made a major move in upholding America’s constitutional norms, including the importance of the First Amendment’s protection of the free exercise of religion. Last week, the Court blocked enforcement of Governor Cuomo’s hyper-restrictive and highly discriminatory rules...

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Recap – BREAKING: Big Supreme Court Win for Churches in California

By Jordan Sekulow1607036383983

There was a big win at the Supreme Court for churches in California. On today’s Jay Sekulow Live , we discussed the major victory for religious liberty. The Supreme Court of the United States ordered lower courts to reexamine California’s restrictions on indoor services. As you know, in a 5-4...

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ACLJ Urges Supreme Court to Hear Case Involving Illinois Governor

By Laura Hernandez1606932811436

Earlier this week, the ACLJ filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Supreme Court in Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church v. Pritzker, another case in which state officials have imposed discriminatory restrictions on religious worship in the name of protecting against the Coronavirus. As we have...

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