If America is to have a healthy national discussion about racism we have to acknowledge the emblematic affect the Confederacy’s historical figures and symbols have on many black, and white, Americans.
Not until the Church United Awakening tour in Washington DC, did two neighboring pastors – Bob Branch of The Springs Community Church in Temecula and Scott Scharpen of The Scharpen Foundation in Wildomar – even know each other existed. Then, by God’s providence, they were selected to be roommates and a lasting and meaningful friendship began.
Inspired by the events of the trip, Pastor Bob was determined to get out of his comfort zone and speak up about the “uncomfortable” topics in our culture, Read More
Charlie Gard was born in the U.K. last August. Just weeks later, he was diagnosed with mitochondrial DNA depletion syndrome. His diagnosis is that he will be unable to stand, walk, eat, talk and eventually breathe. Only the sixteenth known person in the world with the condition, Charlie’s doctors say he will die from his illness.
Now on life support, 11-month-old Charlie’s specialists at The Great Ormond Street Hospital in London have decided the baby’s life support should be turned off. Read More
If you follow us on Facebook and receive our Advocates In Action emails, you’ve heard about my recent trip to Washington, D.C. Advocates for Faith & Freedom was honored to be a sponsor of Church United’s Awakening Tour for California pastors.
Church United’s founder, Pastor Jim Domen, admits his purpose is to “disrupt” California pastors and bring a revival to the churches of California. And I believe Read More
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You may recall we are representing the Scharpen Foundation in challenging AB775 the Reproductive FACT Act where we filed a lawsuit in both federal and state courts. The California statute requires pro-life pregnancy centers that are Christian-based in just about all cases, to provide women the contact information for where they can get free and low- cost abortions.
After arguing for three hours in the Superior Court in Riverside County on April 6, 2017, the California State Attorney General’s motion to dismiss our case was just denied this last week!
According to the judge, this law “forces the clinic to point the way to the abortion clinic.”
In her ruling, Judge Gloria Trask wrote that “the required notification is compelled speech which on its face violates freedom of speech protected by Article 1, Section 2 of the California Constitution.”
With funding raised by Advocates for Faith & Freedom, Tyler & Bursch’s lawyers strategically filed the lawsuit in state court because the California State Constitution is supposed to provide greater free speech protection than the First Amendment.
Ms. Nada Higuera, our staff attorney who argued the case, said that “Judge Trask explains that because free speech is involved under the State Constitution, the Court must strictly scrutinize whether the legislation is lawful. After scrutinizing the law, the judge agreed with our analysis that the law is an unconstitutional violation of free speech.”
Freedom of expression on public issues should be protected at the highest level. Therefore, this law should be analyzed using strict scrutiny. The ruling warned that the state’s “ability to impress free citizens into State service in this political dispute cannot be absolute; it must be limited.”
In her ruling, the judge explained that this state-compelled speech “is not merely the transmittal of neutral information.” She agreed with our attorneys that this is not just calorie counting or a health hazard warning on smoking tobacco or drinking alcohol. This issue – which is “contentious and raises issues that are religious, cultural, political and legal” – is about the more than four decades-long dispute over abortion.
The Reproductive FACT Act compels the clinic to “speak words with which it profoundly disagrees” and “places too heavy a burden upon the liberty of free thought.”
Given the language in the ruling, Tyler & Bursch’s General Counsel Robert Tyler is confident that “while this ruling is not the final judgment, this interim ruling foreshadows what will be the judge’s final decision. She makes her opinion known that the law is unconstitutional.”
Our next hearing is set for July 21, 2017, where the court will give direction on how our case should proceed – whether the case will actually have a trial or whether it should be simply decided by briefing.
Concurrently, we also represent Livingwell Medical Clinic in federal court. This statute was previously upheld in that case as not violating the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution before a three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit. That case is pending a determination from the U.S. Supreme Court as to whether the High Court will take up our case. Our two-front strategy gives us the ability to win in either federal or state court.
Although it appears that victory is at hand in state court, we would not be able to do any of this without the generous financial support from friends like you. Won’t you please consider donating just $25, $100, $200 or more so we can continue fighting for religious liberties in the courts?
While Advocates for Faith & Freedom depends on our supporters for the funds to fight these important cases, we first and foremost thank you for your continued prayers.
Thank you for your faithful prayers and your donations!
The super-majority Democrat state legislature is at it again!
Assembly Bill 1887 bans state-funded and state-sponsored travel to states that pass legislation it deems discriminatory against pro-abortion and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Stemming from an initial response to North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” that required transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender on their birth certificate, California’s progressive lawmakers have now expanded their travel ban list Read More
In his 1776 pamphlet, “Common Sense,” Thomas Paine challenges the authority of government and argues for American independence. His thoughts are said to have influenced the U. S. Constitution.
241 years later, government is still being challenged and the U. S. Supreme Court has confirmed Read More