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This week, the ACLJ secured another victory for a church experiencing difficulties in the zoning process. Several weeks ago, Soul Food Café Mission, Inc. (SFCM), a faith-based religious organization, contacted the ACLJ regarding difficulties it was experiencing in obtaining the appropriate zoning approval to operate as a church and food ministry. SFCM reaches out to those hurting and in need with love, compassion, and hope through the sharing of the gospel and by meeting the immediate needs... read more

The ACLJ has secured an important victory on behalf of a Christian student at a university in the West, ensuring that he was able to finish his courses and graduate. With our assistance at a crucial meeting between the student and university officials, the student was able to demonstrate that he had engaged in no wrongdoing and was found not responsible for the allegations against him. Just before Christmas, the student engaged in an in-class debate in which he expressed views supportive of the... read more

For years, the free speech rights of pro-life pregnancy centers have been under vigorous attack. With the aid and support of NARAL Pro-Choice America, state and local governments have been imposing on pro-life centers a requirement that they post a notice saying either that they do not offer abortions, or that the government will pay for eligible women to have an abortion. When New York City tried to compel pro-life centers to post a notice, and make other written and verbal statements, read more

When Hurricanes Irma and Harvey struck Texas and Florida, churches and houses of worship stood on the frontlines of recovery. Yet, when they asked the federal government for support, they refused . Three months ago, we engaged this issue – calling for an end to the discrimination and penalties aimed at churches and other houses of worship. We noted that it was unfair that these institutions be excluded from federal relief funding. Now, the government has changed its tune and ended its... read more

This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the numerous victories by the ACLJ in 2017. After a months long, multistage legal advocacy battle, the ACLJ helped free two Christian pastors who were wrongfully imprisoned in Sudan because of their faith. When pastors Kuwa Shamal and Pastor Hassan Abduraheem were arrested and falsely imprisoned for their Christian faith, we launched a massive legal advocacy campaign cross the globe. The pastors faced possible death... read more

This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the numerous victories by the ACLJ in 2017. This year, the ACLJ continued its multi-pronged advocacy in defense of Israel, directly defending our ally in the most contentious, anti-Israel international body, the U.N. General Assembly. The U.N. and the Palestinian Authority, along with their support of the BDS (Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions) movement, seeks to attack Israel at every opportunity. U.N. agencies have... read more

Every December, the ACLJ receives many inquiries concerning the legal rules that apply when there is a religious aspect to a holiday-themed assignment, program, or party in a public school. Recently, we helped to defend the free speech rights of a third grade student in Indiana concerning her public school’s Christmas program after we were contacted by her parents. About two weeks before the school’s Christmas program was scheduled to take place, a music teacher gave third grade students an... read more

This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the numerous victories by the ACLJ in 2017. From Day One, the ACLJ has consistently and successfully maintained that the President has both the constitutional and statutory authority to issue his Executive actions to keep America safe from jihadist terror. The President’s Executive actions did two common sense things: first, it temporarily denied entry to foreign nationals from a number terrorist hotbed nations and... read more

This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the numerous victories by the ACLJ in 2017. Five years ago, no one would have believed this victory was possible. We were taking on the Obama Administration’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS) – the most feared bureaucratic agency – in federal court over the politically motivated targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups. But just weeks ago, in a colossal and unprecedented victory, the IRS admitted in federal court... read more

This is the latest installment in a year-end series looking back at a few of the numerous victories by the ACLJ in 2017. The voice of the voiceless unborn is beginning to be heard in state after state. This year the ACLJ was involved in several noteworthy victories as our pro-life legal, policy, and government affairs teams continue to work with state legislatures across the country to craft common-sense legislation to protect life and to ensure the protection of pro-life advocates’ First... read more