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While much of the attention in Washington, DC continues to focus on the impeachment proceedings taking place in the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, the President and the U.S. Senate continue to nominate and confirm conservative federal court judges at a record pace. As we have often said, the judges who are confirmed to lifetime appointments on the federal courts represent one of the longest lasting legacies of any administration. To date, the U.S. Senate has confirmed 160 federal judges... read more

The law is often spoken of as being either a sword with which to attack or a shield with which to defend. Sometimes, both aspects come together, as in the case of one of the ACLJ’s newest matters where the ACLJ successfully fought religious discrimination against a Jewish tenant while simultaneously protecting the fundamental First Amendment freedom of an American to exercise her faith. Recently, ACLJ began its representation of a young woman, renting her apartment from a substantial... read more

The ACLJ recently assisted a church whose praise band was denied a spot to participate in a community-wide festival. The festival, which is put on every year to promote unity and to bring the community together, consists of numerous activities and events including performances by local bands and talent. The church’s band applied to perform during the festival and was later asked to submit a list of songs to be performed. Following the church’s submittal of the praise songs to be performed, read more

Yesterday, the ACLJ secured a major victory in the fight to protect free speech rights of our pro-life clients, and many others. Judge Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger, in the Southern District of Iowa issued her decision in Miano v. Miller , finding in favor of the Plaintiffs, ACLJ clients who advocate on behalf of the unborn outside Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities in Iowa. In this case, the ACLJ, on behalf of our clients, asked a federal court to find unconstitutional a state law... read more

The ACLJ applauds today’s announcement by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding a Complaint we filed on behalf of a Vermont nurse who was forced into participating in an abortion procedure against her deeply held religious beliefs. In our Complaint , we alleged that our client, an operating room nurse at the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) in Burlington, was coerced into assisting in an abortion in 2017 even though her... read more

Earlier this year, the Trump Administration dealt a painful blow to Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses through a new rule blocking millions from abortion providers. Now is the first deadline for the abortion industry to prove it’s complying. The ACLJ has been involved in this fight to block taxpayer funds under Title X from going to the abortion industry for decades. We submitted official public comments in support of the rule. We also asked ACLJ members to take action and submit... read more

The ACLJ’s international affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice’s (ECLJ) office in Pakistan, the Organization for Legal Aid (OLA), has achieved another victory. Saleem Masih, a Christian man, was falsely accused of burning pages of the Quran, an offense under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws punishable with life imprisonment. Muhammad Bilal and Ayesha, who pressed charges against Saleem, converted from Christianity to Islam in January of 2019 and are related to Saleem. Unfortunately, this... read more

It’s a major victory in our fight to defund the taxpayer-funded abortion industry, and a painful blow to Planned Parenthood. In fact, Planned Parenthood said “ This is devastating .” Despite the legal action of Planned Parenthood and a group of pro-abortion states to stop it, the new Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule that will in effect block millions of tax dollars under Title X from abortion providers goes into effect immediately . The HHS Center for Faith and Opportunity... read more

The ACLJ’s international affiliate, the European Centre for Law and Justice (ECLJ), has achieved another victory in the fight against bonded labor in Pakistan. On June 21, 2019, the ECLJ’s affiliate in Pakistan, the Organization for Legal Aid, obtained the freedom of a Pakistani Christian family after two years of forced labor. Babar Masih, his wife, and their four young children – were forced to perform farm labor on behalf of a Muslim man, Muhammad Asif. When Asif hired Babar Masih, he loaned... read more

Today, by a 7-2 vote, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Bladensburg Peace Cross. Speaking for the majority of the Court, Justice Alito eloquently wrote: The cross is undoubtedly a Christian symbol, but that fact should not blind us to everything else that the Bladensburg Cross has come to represent. For some, that monument is a symbolic resting place for ancestors who never returned home. For others, it is a place for the community to gather and honor all veterans and their... read more