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The ACLJ has taken up the charge for parents and students who are struggling to handle school closures and at-home learning during the Coronavirus pandemic. Our efforts at the ACLJ are already delivering victories for parents and kids . Since we launched our School Choice Initiative and encouraged parents who felt their kids were being denied educational opportunities due to Coronavirus school closures and at-home learning to contact us, we’ve heard from nearly 1,700 families across 48 states... read more

In the ACLJ’s pair of unmasking lawsuits under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a federal district court just issued a critical opinion, giving us a partial but significant win. According to the court, the State Department may no longer refuse to admit or deny the existence of records of Obama Administration senior official Samantha Power’s unmasking activity involving Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a list of which the National Security Agency (NSA) declassified in May . While many outlets... read more

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 exception.” Broader than its name implies, the ministerial exception protects churches and other religious organizations from government interference in decisions about who leads worship or teaches religion. read more

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court released an important ruling supporting school choice for parents. The American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) had filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case, urging the High Court to uphold the school choice program at issue. In its 5-4 decision in Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue , the Court declared: A State need not subsidize private education. But once a State decides to do so, it cannot disqualify some private schools solely because they are... read more

In a major step forward in the fight for life, the Oklahoma legislature just passed – and the Governor just signed into law – one of the most aggressive pro-life bills in history to hold abortionists accountable for taking the lives innocent unborn babies. The Oklahoma Senate voted 37 – 9 and the State House voted 76 – 18 in favor of Senate Bill 1728, the Unborn Person Wrongful Death Act, which allows for parents and grandparents to file lawsuits against abortionists who perform fraudulent or... read more

After more than seven months of being wrongfully detained in India, Christian Pastor Bryan Nerren – a U.S. citizen – has finally been allowed to come home to his family in the United States and will be reunited with them tomorrow evening. On Friday, the false charges against Pastor Nerren were dropped, the prosecution was withdrawn, and the judge lifted all travel restrictions and returned his passport. A misunderstanding that should have taken just hours to resolve administratively within... read more

Recently, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) intervened on behalf of a Christian resident of a senior housing complex who was instructed to remove her crosses from her outdoor garden area pursuant to a so-called policy banning all religious décor. Although both crosses are small – each under three feet tall – she and these symbols of her faith became a target for the senior housing management company. The management company claims to have implemented the religious ban to avoid... read more

We recently obtained another victory for a Christian family facing persecution in Pakistan. Our team on the ground – through our international affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice’s (ECLJ) office in Pakistan, the Organization for Legal Aid (OLA) – represented Shahbaz Masih, a Christian man who was illegally detained by police because his nephew had a fight with a Muslim classmate. On February 18, 2020, Shahbaz’s 14-year-old nephew, Ehtisham, an 8th grade student, had a fight with... read more

Today marks a victory for the prolife movement in Maryland. A major pro-abortion bill was just pulled from the state Senate by the bill’s sponsor after our legal team filed written testimony and showed up to testify against it. In a last-minute move, the sponsor of Maryland Senate Bill 664, which sought to amend Maryland’s constitution to include a right to “privacy” (often a euphemism in the law for abortion), pulled the bill from the agenda. The day before the hearing, we supplied written... read more

Amidst today’s liberal, abortion on demand climate, it should not be a surprise that many localities have enacted laws specifically in an attempt to protect abortion clinics and silence peaceful pro-life speech – sidewalk counseling for women seeking abortions. It is becoming more and more important that pro-life advocates understand their right to freedom of speech under the First Amendment. Thankfully, the ACLJ was recently successful in securing the rights of our client to engage women on... read more