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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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UPDATE: ACLJ Files Brief in Worship Ban Lawsuit

By Erik Zimmerman1604525847267

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

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FFRF Delivers Threats Against Public Officials Offering Prayer

By Christina Stierhoff1598990088874

During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we noted the disgraceful way that Freedom From Religion Foundation (“FFRF”) was attacking local officials who had invoked a day of prayer during the national emergency. FFRF sent threatening letters to governors and mayors, attempting to silence their First...

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ACLJ Files for Preliminary Injunction in California’s Singing Ban

By Jordan Sekulow1595941200000

Churches in California have been forced into silence. The ACLJ just filed a critical motion to stop the enforcement of the unjust ban and give churches back their voices. The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment states it pretty clear: “Congress shall make no law . . . prohibiting the free...

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ACLJ Files Injunction Motion in California Church Singing Ban Case

By Jordan Sekulow1595886289760

The ACLJ fights back against California’s church singing ban. On today’s Jay Sekulow Live , we discussed our filing for an injunction to block the enforcement of California’s arbitrary church singing bang. The ACLJ is taking decisive action to fight for religious liberty. It happened on Friday...

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JSL: ACLJ Files Suit Challenging California Church Singing Ban

By Jordan Sekulow1594936464130

The ACLJ files a major lawsuit in California, challenging Governor Gavin Newsom’s ban on singing and chanting in churches and other places of worship. On today’s Jay Sekulow Live , we discussed the actions that we at the ACLJ are taking to fight California’s ban on singing in churches. We have...

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ACLJ Files Lawsuit Challenging California Ban on Singing in Church

By Jordan Sekulow1594855679228

We have just filed a lawsuit challenging the state of California’s ban on singing and chanting activities in places of worship on behalf of Calvary Chapel of Ukiah, Calvary Chapel Fort Bragg, and River of Life Church, in Oroville, California. On July 1, 2020, California updated the health order to...

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Significant Win for “Ministerial Exception” at the Supreme Court

By Laura Hernandez1594737594121

Last week, the Supreme Court delivered a major victory for religious schools in two cases, Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Agnes Morrissey-Berru , and St. James School v. Biel. As we explained here , the two cases involved the important religious liberty principle called “the ministerial...

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Christians in California Can’t Sing this Sunday Because State Order

By Logan Sekulow1594409001715

“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly and you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts .” ~ Colossians 3:16 Singing is a fundamental part of worship, commanded in the Scriptures. Yet,

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JSL: Two Major Victories for Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court

By Jordan Sekulow1594245559377

There were two major victories for religious freedom and religious liberty at the U.S. Supreme Court. On today’s Jay Sekulow Live , we discussed the two major victories for religious liberty at the Supreme Court. The ACLJ had filed amicus briefs in both of those cases. Both cases were decided 7-2,

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JSL – ACLJ Fights Back Against California’s Ban on Church Singing

By Jordan Sekulow1594153991694

The ACLJ fights back against California’s church singing ban. On today’s Jay Sekulow Live , we discussed the actions that we at the ACLJ are taking to fight back against California’s church singing ban. We have a team of attorneys preparing to file a lawsuit against the state of California. Online...

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ACLJ Defending Religious Liberty Against New California Singing Ban

By Jordan Sekulow1594135095322

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” ~ Psalm 100:2 Caution: The actions in this verse are no longer permissible in the state of California. As part of tightened restrictions that the state claims are necessary to stop...

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