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  • ACLJ to Defend Two Pharmacists Fired for Refusing to Provide Abortifacients (Where's the ACLU???)

    12/22/2005 3:02:47 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 29 replies · 634+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 23 December 2005
    The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) announced today that legal action is underway in defense of two pharmacists who were fired for refusing to hand out abortifacient drugs. “These Conscience Clause cases are significant and represent the cutting edge of the abortion debate in our country right now;” ACLJ said in a statement to the press. “Doctors, nurses and pharmacists should not be compelled to violate their conscience and participate in an abortion procedure. We have already had success in a number of cases around the country, and we are confident that we will succeed in Illinois as...
  • Military chaplains told to shy from Jesus

    12/21/2005 7:24:58 AM PST · by piperpilot · 131 replies · 2,330+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/21/05 | Julia Duin
    To pray -- or not to pray -- in Jesus' name is the question plaguing an increasing number of U.S. military chaplains, one of whom began a multiday hunger strike outside the White House yesterday. "I am a Navy chaplain being fired because I pray in Jesus' name," said Navy Lt. Gordon Klingenschmitt, who will be holding 6 p.m. prayer vigils daily in Lafayette Park. The hunger strike is intended to persuade President Bush to issue an executive order allowing military chaplains to pray according to their individual faith traditions. The American Center for Law and Justice has gathered 173,000...
  • Judge: ACLU not 'reasonable Court whacks civil-liberties group, OKs Ten Commandments display

    12/20/2005 2:01:25 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 101 replies · 2,783+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | December 20, 2005
    A U.S. appeals court today upheld the decision of a lower court in allowing the inclusion of the Ten Commandments in a courthouse display, hammering the American Civil Liberties Union and declaring, "The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state." Attorneys from the American Center for Law and Justice successfully argued the case on behalf of Mercer County, Ky., and a display of historical documents placed in the county courthouse. The panel voted 3-0 to reject the ACLU's contention the display violated the Establishment Clause of the Constitution. The county display the ACLU sued...
  • FOX News: Religion in America: Church and State now on! Fighting for Religious Freedom!

    12/18/2005 7:09:25 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 121 replies · 3,247+ views
    FOX News | December 18, 2005
    Looks like it could be interesting.
  • ACLJ Backs City of Las Cruces in Cross Case

    12/06/2005 5:10:49 PM PST · by Laz711 · 8 replies · 517+ views
    This morning I have authorized the filing of briefs to the U.S. District Court on behalf of the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico. As you will recall, several weeks ago members of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Las Cruces city seal. That seal depicts three crosses as part of its presentation. When translated into English, “Las Cruces” actually means “the crosses.” AU and its allies have made the determination to remove this reference to the religious heritage of New Mexico. Below is the content of a letter that I...
  • NOW v. Scheidler, Operation Rescue, et al, Heading Back to US Supreme Court

    11/22/2005 4:39:49 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 5 replies · 550+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 23 November 2005 | Terry Vanderheyden
    WASHINGTON, November 22, 2005 ( – After almost 20 years of harassing litigation, the case of National Organization for Women v. Scheidler, Operation Rescue and three other pro-life defendants is heading back to the US Supreme Court for an unprecedented third time. With oral arguments scheduled to take place on Nov. 30 at the high court, at issue is a federal appeals court decision that purported to reopen the case despite the Supreme Court's complete rejection of NOW's lawsuit in 2003. “We are hopeful that the high court will reinforce what it said two years ago and finally bring this...
  • Jesus Name Not to be used by Military Chaplains

    11/15/2005 5:43:24 PM PST · by conserv371 · 208 replies · 6,618+ views
    American Center for Law and Justice ^ | Nov. 15, 2005 | Jay Sekulow
    A pattern of hostility to free speech - specifically the rights of Christians to pray - is on the rise in our country. We saw it in our nation’s public schools ... where prayer was officially banned. We have seen it in our workplaces. Now, our United States military seems to have “jumped on the bandwagon” ... with Air Force leadership recently releasing proposed guidelines that will restrict how Air Force chaplains can pray. If approved, these guidelines may well be implemented throughout the entire Armed Forces. This is an outrage that we cannot allow! Already, it is documented that...
  • Congressmen back Scouts in ACLU suit

    11/09/2005 7:57:42 AM PST · by Jay777 · 9 replies · 738+ views
    Worldnet Daily ^ | November 9, 2005 | Unknown
    Ninety members of Congress filed a brief yesterday with a federal appeals court declaring support for the U.S. Defense Department in its sponsorship of the Boy Scouts of America's national jamboree. The department's backing of the quadrennial event, attended this year by more than 40,000 Scouts, was opposed in a 1999 lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU contends federal government sponsorship violates the First Amendment, because the Boy Scouts require members to swear an oath to "do my duty to God and my country." The next jamboree is scheduled for 2010 to coincide with the 100th...
  • Summary of Boy Scouts Brief (ACLJ vs. ACLU)

    11/08/2005 3:05:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 11 replies · 582+ views
    The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago on Tuesday, November 8th, 2005, in Winkler v. Rumsfeld, a case involving the Boy Scouts of America. The brief was filed on behalf of the ACLJ as well as eighty-eight current members of the United States Congress. For almost sixty years, the United States military has provided supplies and services in support of the Boy Scouts' National Scout Jamboree held every four years. The military has supported the Boy Scouts because of their commitment to patriotism, good...
  • The Secrets of Jay Sekulow

    11/02/2005 12:17:55 PM PST · by Lurking Libertarian · 138 replies · 3,961+ views
    Legal Times (via ^ | November 1, 2005 | Tony Mauro
    But there is another side to Jay Sekulow, one that, until now, has been obscured from the public. It is the Jay Sekulow who, through the ACLJ and a string of interconnected nonprofit and for-profit entities, has built a financial empire that generates millions of dollars a year and supports a lavish lifestyle -- complete with multiple homes, chauffeur-driven cars, and a private jet [...][snip] That less-known side of Sekulow was revealed in several interviews with former associates of his and in hundreds of pages of court and tax documents reviewed by Legal Times. Critics say Sekulow's lifestyle is at...
  • Jay Sekulow's Golden Ticket

    11/01/2005 8:41:48 PM PST · by tbird5 · 17 replies · 770+ views
    Legal Times ^ | October 31, 2005 | By Tony Mauro
    Just the week before, Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, had cheerfully predicted that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers had “turned the corner” and would never withdraw her name from consideration. Now, a few hours after Miers proved him dead wrong, Sekulow sounded as upbeat as ever. “She did the noble thing,” Sekulow told the million-plus people listening to his daily radio show on Christian stations last Thursday, adding, confidentially, “I saw this coming.” The next nominee, he predicted, would be a sitting judge just as worthy of support as Miers. It was vintage...
  • ACLJ Says Senate Questionnaire Shows Harriet Miers is Uniquely Qualified to Serve on Supreme Court

    10/18/2005 10:11:15 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 100 replies · 1,489+ views
    The American Center for Law and Justice ^ | October 18, 2005 | Jay Sekulow
    The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), specializing in constitutional law said today that a Senate questionnaire completed by Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers clearly shows that she is uniquely qualified to serve on the high court. "The responses to the questionnaire clearly show that the depth of real world experience — both in and out of the courtroom — uniquely qualifies Harriet Miers for a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. "After reviewing the 57-page questionnaire, it is clear that the judicial philosophy of Harriet Miers respects...
  • ACLJ Calls Harriet Miers an "Excellent" Choice for the Supreme Court

    10/03/2005 9:27:22 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 245 replies · 5,132+ views
    The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), specializing in constitutional law said today that Harriet Miers, the nominee named by President Bush for a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States, is an excellent choice who represents the conservative mainstream of judicial philosophy of interpreting the Constitution, not re-writing it. “Once again, President Bush showed exceptional judgment in naming Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court to replace Justice O’Connor,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ, who argues regularly before the high court and has a pro-life protest case at the high court this term. “At...
  • Rallying (ACLJ says Miers in conservative mainstream)

    10/03/2005 7:02:08 AM PDT · by frankjr · 80 replies · 2,576+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 10/3/05 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Jay Sekulow joins Leonard Leo: (Washington, DC) – The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), specializing in constitutional law said today that Harriet Miers, the nominee named by President Bush for a seat on the Supreme Court of the United States, is an excellent choice who represents the conservative mainstream of judicial philosophy of interpreting the Constitution, not re-writing it. “Once again, President Bush showed exceptional judgment in naming Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court to replace Justice O’Connor,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ, who argues regularly before the high court and has a pro-life protest...
  • Jay Sekulow Now Says: No Abortion Questions For John Roberts?

    09/04/2005 9:42:20 PM PDT · by Ricardo4CP · 7 replies · 624+ views
    "The American View" Radio Talk Show ^ | 9/4/2005 | "The American View" Radio Talk Show
    Our 21st nationally-syndicated, one-hour radio show, “The American View,” co-hosted by myself and recovering Republican” John Lofton, was broadcast this past Sunday in 38 cities in 22 states. Hear it now (10,618 kb) On this program, we discuss Jay Sekulow’s strange view that Bush Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, in his confirmation hearing (which starts September 6), must not be asked about, and must not answer questions about, abortion or any abortion-related court decisions such as Roe v. Wade. We say this is strange because Sekulow and his organization, the “American Center For Law & Justice,” have raised millions of...
  • A Year of Work to Sell Roberts to Conservatives (2 religious lawyers calmed skeptics)

    07/22/2005 9:44:25 PM PDT · by whoisonfirst · 45 replies · 956+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 7/22/05 | David Kirkpatrick
    WASHINGTON, July 21 - For at least a year before the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts to the Supreme Court, the White House was working behind the scenes to shore up support for him among its social conservative allies, quietly reassuring them that he was a good bet for their side in cases about abortion, same-sex marriage and public support for religion. When the White House began testing the name of Judge Roberts on a short list of potential nominees, many social conservatives were skeptical. In hearings for confirmation to the United States Court of Appeals for the District...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 3 July 2005

    07/03/2005 4:38:32 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 619 replies · 13,394+ views
    Various television networks ^ | 3 July 2005 | various self-serving politicians and MSM screaming faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, June 12th, 2005 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; The Committee for Justice chairman C. Boyden Gray; Alliance for Justice president Nan Aron. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sens. Specter, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Chris Dodd, D-Conn., and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.; Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Sens. Joseph Biden, D-Del., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah; People for the American Way president Ralph Neas; American Center for Law and Justice chief counsel Jay Alan Sekulow. THIS WEEK...
  • Term paper about 'God' earns student failing grade

    06/28/2005 7:23:53 AM PDT · by zlala · 360 replies · 5,081+ views
    Term paper about 'God' earns student failing grade 'He told me you might as well write about the Easter Bunny. He wanted to censor the word God.' VICTORVILLE — For using the "G" word 41 times in a term paper, Bethany Hauf was given an "F" by her Victor Valley Community College instructor. Hauf's teacher approved her term paper topic — Religion and its Place within the Government — on one condition: Don't use the word God. Instead of complying with VVCC adjunct instructor Michael Shefchik's condition Hauf wrote a 10-page report for her English 101 class entitled "In God...
  • The ACLU Is Going Down...

    06/10/2005 8:36:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 106 replies · 4,506+ views
    The Rant ^ | June 10, 2005 | Justin Darr
    For years the American Civil Liberties Union has pushed its agenda as to what the Constitution “really says,” and what freedom “really means” through judicial extortion. In 1978, the Supreme Court exempted the ACLU from the “ambulance chasing” prohibitions that apply to nearly every other lawyer in the country. Over the years this has enabled the ACLU’s legions of pro bono attorneys to specifically target various organizations they feel are vulnerable to their lawsuits, dredge the ranks of the “offended” until they can find someone who will agree to let the ACLU stick their name at the top of a...
  • Sharon Meets 'Jews for Jesus' Follower

    05/11/2005 5:20:23 PM PDT · by Cecily · 253 replies · 2,775+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | May 10, 2005 | Herb Keinon
    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, interested in shoring up his standing in the influential US Evangelical Christian community, met eight leading Evangelical figures Tuesday, including Jay Sekulow, a high profile Messianic Jew. Sekulow, who runs a conservative civil liberties group called the American Center for Law & Justice that was set up by evangelist Pat Robertson, is considered close to US President George W. Bush and was one of three strategists charged by the White House with the task of getting Bush's controversial court nominees through the Senate.
  • Illinois Governor Sued Over Discrimination Against Pro-Life Pharmacists

    04/19/2005 4:35:19 PM PDT · by IleeneWright · 189 replies · 1,823+ views
    LIFENEWS.COM ^ | April 13, 2005 | Steven Ertelt
    Springfield, IL ( -- Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich now faces a lawsuit over his executive order requiring pharmacists in the state to fill all legal prescriptions for any drugs -- including birth control or morning after pills that some pharmacists believe cause abortions. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a pro-life law firm, filed suit in state court on behalf of two pharmacists who say dispensing such drugs violates their moral beliefs. They contend they should not be required to participate in the abortions the drugs may cause or to contribute to a customer's sexual activity. The ACLJ...
  • ACLJ Files Lawsuit Against Illinois Governor Charging Order Requir'g Pharms. to Dispense Meds

    04/14/2005 2:31:43 PM PDT · by Daisy4 · 33 replies · 931+ views
    ACLJ Files Lawsuit Against Illinois Governor Charging Order Requiring Pharmacists to Dispense Medication that Violates Religious Beliefs is Unenforceable April 13, 2005 (Springfield, IL) – The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which specializes in constitutional law, today filed a lawsuit in state court in Illinois on behalf of two pharmacists challenging Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s emergency amendment to the state code requiring pharmacists to dispense medication even if filling the prescriptions violate their conscience and religious beliefs. The ACLJ lawsuit charges that the Governor’s order is unenforceable and urges the court to declare it null and void...
  • Jay Sekulow: How a Jewish Lawyer from Brooklyn Came to Believe in Jesus

    04/09/2005 3:59:58 PM PDT · by churchillbuff · 432 replies · 7,812+ views
    jewsforjesus ^ | 2005 | Jay Sekulow
    I came to the courtroom early, before the proceedings began. The podium was adjustable, right? I lowered it. I'm five feet, seven and a half inches tall and the last thing I needed was to be standing up on the tips of my toes to reach the podium! When I came back later, for the proceedings, I looked in the back row and there, sitting all together, were my good friends, Moishe Rosen (founder of Jews for Jesus, and at the time, executive director), Tuvya Zaretsky, Susan Perlman and Russ Reed (three of Jews for Jesus' board members), plus my...
  • Conservative judge blasts Bush, Congress for role in Schiavo case

    03/30/2005 5:22:03 PM PST · by Crackingham · 251 replies · 4,819+ views
    Knight Ridder ^ | 3/30/05 | Stephen Henderson
    The latest rejection of the Terri Schiavo case by a federal court was accompanied by a stinging rebuke of Congress and President Bush from a seemingly unlikely source: Judge Stanley F. Birch Jr., one of the most conservative jurists on the federal bench. Birch authored opinions upholding Alabama's right to ban the sale of sex toys and Florida's ability to prohibit adoptions by gay couples. Both rulings drew the ire of liberal activists and the elation of traditional and social conservatives. Yet, in Wednesday's 11th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to deny a rehearing to Schiavo's parents, Birch went out...
  • ACLJ Files Brief in Federal Court Asking Court to Restore Terri's Feeding Tube

    03/21/2005 11:14:35 PM PST · by hipaatwo · 49 replies · 988+ views ^ | March 21, 2005 | BUSINESS WIRE
    WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 21, 2005--The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which specializes in constitutional law, today filed an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court in Tampa which is hearing the Terri Schiavo case. The ACLJ supports the Department of Justice and Terri's parents in defending Terri's Law, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush. The ACLJ argues that Terri's feeding tube, which was removed on Friday, be restored without delay. "It is imperative that this court act to save the life of Terri Schiavo," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ, which...
  • ACLJ "Powerful Counterweight" to ACLU

    02/09/2005 5:34:15 PM PST · by nckerr · 18 replies · 680+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | 7 Feb 2005
    Time Magazine February 7, 2005 If God is heading to an appeals court, Jay Sekulow is likely to be sitting at the counsel table. His Washington-based American Center for Law & Justice has argued and won several high-profile religious-freedom cases, including Supreme Court decisions that allowed Bible-study clubs on public-school campuses and that protected the right of antiabortion demonstrators to rally outside abortion clinics. Sekulow, 48, who was raised Jewish but converted to Christianity in college and now considers himself a "Messianic Jew," formed the law center with a group of other conservative litigators in 1990. Today the 700,000-member center...
  • Time Magazine Calls ACLJ "Powerful Counterweight" to ACLU

    02/08/2005 5:47:38 AM PST · by Jay777 · 6 replies · 582+ views
    ACLJ ^ | February 7, 2005 | JAY SEKULOW
    JAY SEKULOW The Almighty's Attorney-at-Law Time Magazine February 7, 2005 If God is heading to an appeals court, Jay Sekulow is likely to be sitting at the counsel table. His Washington-based American Center for Law & Justice has argued and won several high-profile religious-freedom cases, including Supreme Court decisions that allowed Bible-study clubs on public-school campuses and that protected the right of antiabortion demonstrators to rally outside abortion clinics. Sekulow, 48, who was raised Jewish but converted to Christianity in college and now considers himself a "Messianic Jew," formed the law center with a group of other conservative litigators in...
  • Evolution Litigation

    02/02/2005 8:56:16 AM PST · by Jay777 · 374 replies · 2,793+ views
    ACLJ ^ | 1 Feb 05 | Jay Sekulow
    There is a continuing controversy erupting throughout the United States regarding the teaching of evolution as fact in public schools around the country. During the original Scopes “Monkey Trial” in 1925, famed lawyer Clarence Darrow argued that denying the right to teach Darwinian evolution violated fundamental academic freedom. Now, some 80 years later, evolutionists argue that their theory should be the only one taught in schools. This issue of the origins of mankind is being decided by the courts. We have developed a comprehensive strategy to address this issue. In the coming weeks, I will be preparing a major editorial...

    02/02/2005 6:30:50 AM PST · by newsgatherer · 24 replies · 1,049+ views
    Christian news in ^ | 2 February, 2005 | Danny Calhoun
    ... Liberals have delighted in referring to "The Redneck Vote" and making fun of us. They seem to think, in their distorted progressive and elitist thought processes, that being a "Redneck" is a bad thing. Maybe it's time we looked at the core values and beliefs of this culture that believes in home, family, God and country. There may be more of you who think like us rednecks than you might believe. How do you know if you are a Redneck? You might be a Redneck if; * It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, "One...
  • ACLJ: Supreme Court's Rejection of Inaugural Prayer Challenge Sends Important Message

    01/20/2005 5:04:20 AM PST · by Jay777 · 7 replies · 565+ views
    ACLJ ^ | January 19, 2005 | Jay Sekulow
    (Washington, DC) – The American Center for Law and Justice, specializing in constitutional law, said today the Supreme Court’s rejection of Michael Newdow’s challenge to bar clergy prayer at tomorrow’s inauguration sends an important message about the time-honored traditions that are a part of the nation’s history and heritage. The Supreme Court rejected Newdow’s appeal – turning away his request for an injunction to stop the prayer. The decision was made by Chief Justice William Rehnquist who will administer the oath of office to President Bush tomorrow. Newdow wanted the Chief Justice to remove himself from consideration of the case...
  • ACLJ: Supreme Court Should Reject Newdow's Challenge to Inaugural Prayer

    01/19/2005 5:08:08 AM PST · by Jay777 · 9 replies · 336+ views
    ACLJ ^ | January 18, 2005
    Washington, DC) – The American Center for Law and Justice, specializing in constitutional law, said today that Michael Newdow’s appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to bar clergy prayer at Thursday’s inauguration is a legally flawed strategy destined to fail. The ACLJ said it is preparing an amicus brief for the Supreme Court urging the high court to reject Newdow’s challenge. Newdow’s appeal to the Supreme Court comes after two courts – a federal district court and a federal appeals court – rejected Newdow’s challenge. In addition to asking the high court for an injunction to stop the prayer, Newdow...
  • ACLJ Preparing Brief for Supreme Court

    01/18/2005 1:40:08 PM PST · by Jay777 · 13 replies · 393+ views
    ACLJ ^ | Jan 18 2004 | Jay Sekulow
    We worked late into the evening last night and early this morning preparing our brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in the Inaugural Prayer case. Dr. Michael Newdow will be filing his petition this morning with the Supreme Court, asking them to stay any Inaugural Prayer activities that would take place. We have filed our brief relying on the historical argument that prayer has been included in every Inaugural since President Washington. We have also utilized the language from Justice O’Connor’s concurring opinion in the Pledge of Allegiance case. Dr. Newdow was the plaintiff in that case...
  • A Call To Arms

    01/14/2005 7:30:49 AM PST · by Jay777 · 21 replies · 544+ views ^ | 14 Jan 05 | John Stephenson
    Why do so many sit aside, holding their anger inside, as activist secular organizations such as the ACLU assault our religious expression? Why do so many do nothing, as activist secular judges rule in favor of these anti-Christian organizations? Why do we stay uninvolved? We have a constitutional right to express our religion. Don't allow these groups to take that right away under the disguise of a fictional "Seperation of Church and State" clause, that does not even exist. The answer to the question posed above may lie in the fact that many people don't know what they can do...
  • ACLJ Prepares for Appeal as Federal Court Upholds Inaugural Prayer

    01/14/2005 1:59:47 PM PST · by Jay777 · 24 replies · 876+ views
    ACLJ ^ | January 14, 2005
    (Washington, DC) – The American Center for Law and Justice, specializing in constitutional law, said today it is pleased a federal district court upheld prayer at the Presidential inauguration and rejected a request from Michael Newdow for a preliminary injunction that would have barred prayer from the January 20th event. Newdow is expected to file an emergency appeal with a federal appeals court and the ACLJ is preparing legal briefs to file at the appellate level....
  • Trial Set on Inauguration Prayer

    01/13/2005 10:14:23 AM PST · by Jay777 · 25 replies · 1,031+ views
    ACLJ ^ | Posted: 1/13/2005 | Jay Sekulow
    This afternoon at 3:30 at the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, oral arguments will take place in the Inauguration Prayer case. Dr. Michael Newdow has brought a challenge against President Bush in order to stop ministers from giving an invocation and benediction at the Inaugural swearing-in ceremony which will take place on Thursday, January 20th. All briefs in the case were filed on Friday. Senior Counsel Jim Henderson from our Washington, DC office will be in court on Thursday, and we will have frequent updates on our website starting this evening. We anticipate a very quick decision in the...
  • New Lawsuit on the Pledge of Allegiance

    01/13/2005 5:17:00 AM PST · by Jay777 · 17 replies · 670+ views
    ACLJ ^ | 1/12/2005 | Jay Sekulow
    Last week, a new federal lawsuit was filed challenging the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Michael Newdow, who brought the original suit in California, has filed brand-new litigation. This time, Dr. Newdow represents several families who are complaining about the phrase “under God” as contained in the Pledge. At the same time, Dr. Newdow has filed suit against the Inaugural Prayer. Our briefs have been filed in the Inaugural Prayer case, and argument in court is scheduled for Thursday....
  • Help Protect the Inaugural Prayer!

    01/12/2005 10:56:52 AM PST · by Jay777 · 21 replies · 780+ views
    ACLJ ^ | ACLJ
    Add your name to the group of 9,996 people who have already signed using the Internet! The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Newdow is threatening to rob this nation of one of the most critical traditions of Presidential Inauguration ... prayer. Please read the petition carefully and declare your membership with the ACLJ by filling out the form and demanding our Senators stand firm in our historical heritage and allow the expression of prayer during this important event for America. Petition to Preserve the Inaugural Prayer Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid All members of the United...
  • Do American taxpayers finance the ACLU?

    01/11/2005 12:51:44 PM PST · by Jay777 · 14 replies · 647+ views
    ACLJ ^ | ACLJ
    Ralph from Indiana asks: I’ve heard that the American taxpayer finances the ACLU. Is that true? And if not, who does? Jay answers: There’s a provision of the civil rights code called Section 1988, the Attorney Fee Awards provision. When the ACLU -- or for that matter the ACLJ -- succeeds in a case involving a state or local government, that group has the right to get attorney fee awards. I think this is a little bit misunderstood in one context. It’s not as if you’re paying for it directly. If a city loses a case to the ACLU, there...
  • ACLJ Opposes Legal Challenge to Inaugural Prayer

    01/11/2005 12:45:09 PM PST · by Jay777 · 20 replies · 1,116+ views
    ACLJ ^ | January 10, 2005
    (Washington, DC) – The American Center for Law and Justice, specializing in constitutional law, is opposing a legal challenge brought by California atheist Michael Newdow challenging the constitutionality of prayer at the Presidential inauguration. The ACLJ has filed an amicus brief in support of the Department of Justice’s position defending the constitutionality of inaugural prayer. “This challenge is legally flawed and represents nothing more than an attempt to remove a time-honored tradition going back to the nation’s first President,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ, which has challenged Newdow’s lawsuits in the past. “The expression of prayer at...
  • Pro-Life Law Firm Files Supreme Court Brief in Terri Schiavo's Law Case (ACLJ)

    01/01/2005 12:28:25 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 278+ views ^ | December 31, 2004 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- While Terri Schiavo's parents are battling to have courts acknowledge that killing her would violate her religious liberties, Governor Jeb Bush is fighting to uphold a law passed by the state legislature allowing him to prevent her starvation death. On Wednesday, a pro-life law firm submitted a brief to the Supreme Court defending Terri's Law and saying Bob and Mary Schindler want the court to hear Governor Bush's appeal. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents the parents of Terri Schiavo in a legal battle to keep their daughter alive, asked the U.S....
  • Pro-Life Law Firm Files Another Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Brief

    12/30/2004 8:11:14 PM PST · by Citizen James · 2 replies · 284+ views ^ | 12/30/04 | Steven Ertelt
    San Francisco, CA ( -- A leading pro-life law firm has filed a legal brief in another of three lawsuits abortion advocates put forward challenging the federal ban on partial-birth abortions. The brief, submitted by the American Center for Law and Justice, represents the views of thirty-one pro-life members of Congress. The brief asks a federal appeals court in San Francisco to overturn a decision issued by U.S. District Court Judge Phyllis Hamilton declaring the ban unconstitutional because it lacks a health exception. "The ban is needed to put an end to one of the most barbaric and medically useless...
  • Making God Unconstitutional

    12/30/2004 12:25:54 PM PST · by Miami Vice · 10 replies · 528+ views
    Human Events ^ | Dec 30, 2004 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    The assault on America's religious beliefs is based on a distorted interpretation of the establishment and free-exercise clauses of the First Amendment. Those clauses are " Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Everyone should understand the plain meaning of those words -- that is everyone who is not burdened by a post-graduate education from an Ivy League college. It means that the government is prohibited from setting up a state religion and that no barriers will be erected against the practice of any religion. Despite its plain meaning, the First...
  • Happy holidays? Not for some Christians

    12/24/2004 8:35:00 PM PST · by Coleus · 1,052+ views
    They are Christmas and Chanukah rites in their own cheerless ways, those annual December disputes over what to sing, what to say, and what religious symbols to display in public space.The Maplewood-South Orange school district had its own controversy this month, as its ban on religious songs -- even instrumental versions -- at Columbia High School drew national ridicule, and a federal lawsuit.And in Oklahoma, voters angry at a superintendent who removed a Nativity scene from a school show organized to defeat an $11 million school bond measure.The people objecting are those who feel religion is being driven out...
  • Pasco County bans Christmas trees from public buildings

    12/17/2004 4:31:34 AM PST · by SLB · 52 replies · 2,109+ views ^ | 15 Dec | Associated Press
    NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - Pasco County officials have banned Christmas trees from public buildings in a move that one constitutional law group said Thursday was "the most extreme example of censorship imaginable." The last of the Christmas trees were removed Wednesday after the county attorney said they were religious symbols, said Dan Johnson, assistant county administrator for Public Services. The county either had to allow all religious symbols or none, he said. "What you allow for one you must provide for all," Johnson said. Pasco County, with nearly 400,000 residents, is a fast-growing area that has a mix of...
  • The American Center for Law and Justice(ACLJ)

    12/09/2004 2:18:01 PM PST · by mdittmar · 5 replies · 401+ views
    The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is a public interest law firm committed to insuring the ongoing viability of constitutional freedoms. By specializing in constitutional law, the ACLJ is dedicated to the concept that freedom and democracy are God-given inalienable rights that must be protected. The ACLJ engages in litigation, provides legal services, renders advice, counsels clients, provides education, and supports attorneys who are involved in defending the religious and civil liberties of Americans. As a non-profit organization, the ACLJ does not charge for its services and is dependent upon God and the resources He provides through the...
  • Parade prohibition puzzles preacher

    12/01/2004 3:43:57 PM PST · by FredZarguna · 65 replies · 1,929+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 12/1/2004 | Jean Torkelson
    If groups celebrating American Indian holy people, German culture and the Chinese New Year can march in the city's Parade of Lights, why can't a Christian group march to celebrate Christmas? That's just one of the questions bothering prominent Denver-area Pastor George Morrison. He said he was barred from participating in the parade because his multicultural church group wanted its Christian-themed float to feature traditional yuletide hymns and a "Merry Christmas" message. "It's a little confusing to me," said Morrison, pastor of Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, one of the region's largest evangelical churches, with more than 4,000 worshippers. "Here...
  • The ACLU must be destroyed: Joseph Farah supports Boy Scouts, urges Americans to fight back

    11/16/2004 11:34:30 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 80 replies · 6,706+ views ^ | Wednesday, November 17, 2004 | Joseph Farah
    <p>Most Americans just laughed and shook our heads in disbelief years ago when a handful of extremists began systematically targeting the Boy Scouts as a "subversive organization."</p> <p>But over time, because most Americans didn't fight back, didn't marginalize the extremists, didn't speak up proudly and stand behind the Boy Scouts, it is this outstanding civic organization that has taken a beating.</p>
  • ACLU Strategy to Federalize Gay Marriage

    08/17/2004 12:20:59 PM PDT · by The Ghost of FReepers Past · 27 replies · 895+ views
    ACLU Explains Strategy On Getting Courts to Rule In Favor of Gay Marriage A Strategic Approach to Marriage By Matthew A. Coles Director, ACLU Lesbian & Gay Rights Project A lot of people don’t understand why the ACLU and other groups working on equality for LGBT people haven’t just gone into court everywhere to get same-sex couples the ability to marry. But there are good reasons not to do that. 1. If we just sue in as many states as possible, we are likely to lose a lot of the cases. To get the courts to strike down a law,...
  • Religious rights group sues LA over Messianic Jews' banner

    10/26/2004 9:26:12 AM PDT · by LouAvul · 133 replies · 1,697+ views
    modbee ^ | 10-26-04
    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Virginia-based religious rights group has filed a federal lawsuit against the city for its refusal to permit the display of a banner with the phrase "Jews who believe in Jesus." The American Center for Law and Justice maintains the city violated the constitutionally protected rights of free speech and liberty. "The City permits a wide variety of religious and secular banners to be displayed publicly on streets. The decision to censor this banner was made strictly on the basis of the content of the banner," senior counsel Stuart J. Roth said in a statement Monday....
  • School District Agrees to Allow Religious Christmas Cards

    10/19/2004 9:51:37 AM PDT · by xzins · 8 replies · 309+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 19 Oct 04 | Susan Jones
    ( - An Oregon school district has agreed to change its policy prohibiting students from handing out religious Christmas cards to their classmates. The case involves a 6-year-old kindergarten student who tried to hand out a card explaining the meaning of the candy cane at a class party last December. The card noted that candy canes are shaped like a "J" for Jesus, with white symbolizing Jesus' purity and red representing the blood Jesus shed for his followers. "We are pleased to resolve this issue in a manner that safeguards the constitutional rights of our client and all students in...