I just wanted to share this wonderful report with you…
These are yours — yours to celebrate: four amazing victories that have come about through your remarkable support of the ACLJ.
They all reflect the value of your generosity. Thank you for your commitment to the causes of faith and freedom.
But the struggle is not over yet. Today, we continue to fight – and fight hard – on many crucial fronts. I must ask for your continued faithfulness, especially in light of the tremendous opportunity we have with the $450,000 “Campaign for Freedom” Matching Challenge.
We’ve made progress toward the goal – and you have my thanks if you have already responded. But frankly, we still have a long way to go and we need to fulfill this Matching Challenge, now more than ever.
Please give generously … your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar, propelling us forward with twice the impact in each of these important cases and issues in which we are engaged.
Thank you for faithfully standing with the ACLJ. God bless you.
SUPREME COURT VICTORY – PROTECTING CHILDREN
Combating child pornography was the goal of the Protect Act of 2003 – and now the Supreme Court has handed down a significant decision, upholding the law’s constitutionality. The ACLJ’s amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court, represented 18 members of Congress – and urged the high court to overturn a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit that declared a provision of the Protect Act 2003 unconstitutional. We applaud the high court’s decision in the important case of U.S. v. Williams (No. 06-694). Thank you for standing with the ACLJ to protect the most vulnerable members of our society – our children!
SUPREME COURT VICTORY – UPHOLDING YOUR SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS
In a razor-thin 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the District of Columbia violated the constitutional rights of a city resident by banning him from owning and possessing a handgun in his own home. The majority decision in District of Columbia v. Heller overwhelmingly showed that the Second Amendment could only be correctly understood to protect individual rights, echoed by the ACLJ in our amicus curiae brief filed in the Supreme Court, supporting the private right to keep and bear arms. This was another solid Supreme Court victory – and an important one protecting your Second Amendment rights.
VICTORY FOR GINA … AND THE FIRST AMENDMENT
Gina had perfect grades – until she took a stand for her faith, in opposition to her professor. Her Intro to Philosophy college professor not only docked her grades, but also repeatedly derided Gina for her faith. Once notified, the ACLJ got directly involved. We sent a legal memorandum demanding that the school end its discriminating actions against Gina and uphold her First Amendment rights or face a federal lawsuit. Gina’s rights were upheld … an outcome we’re certain would not have occurred if the ACLJ did not get involved. We especially thank the thousands of you who stood with us on behalf of Gina by signing our National Petition of Protest and sending a powerful message to the community college.
GOD STILL WELCOME IN MILLERSVILLE, TN
“Layman Lessons,” a nonprofit Christian ministry, met all of the zoning requirements for the City of Millersville, TN. However, the city refused to allow the plaintiff to occupy the leased premises. The U.S. District Court for Middle Tennessee ruled that the city of Millersville violated “Layman Lessons'” constitutional rights. Larry Crain, senior attorney with the ACLJ, was lead attorney for the plaintiff. Your support of the ACLJ makes these important religious rights’ victories possible in federal courts nationwide. Thank you!
MEANWHILE, CASES AND ISSUES STILL UNDER WAY …
We continue the crucial fight for religious freedom in Israel. Our team has met with lawyers and Israeli government officials, and we are closely monitoring this situation to ensure that attacks on Christians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank do not escalate.
California Homeschooling Case
The California Court of Appeals has agreed to rehear the case regarding Rachel L. In February, the court issued a decision that, if implemented, would deny nearly all California parents the right to homeschool their children. The ACLJ has filed an amicus brief in the case, arguing that the right of parents to homeschool their children is derived from both the Free Speech and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment.
Flawed Decision on Same-Sex Marriage
The ACLJ has been active in protecting marriage nationwide and involved in the legal fight to defend the state ban on same-sex marriage through the filing of friend-of-the-court briefs in California. We’re disappointed that the California high court failed to uphold what an overwhelming majority of California voters clearly understand – the institution of marriage is limited to one man and one woman. Please commit this important matter to prayer!