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Is the War on Christianity in the United States Exaggerated?

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Conservative Christian leaders across the nation have repeatedly warned us of the ongoing war waged against Christianity here in the United States of America. However, the mainstream media is working hard to discredit the notion of a war on Christianity as grossly exaggerated and even non-existent. Read More

Presenting the Gospel while “Under Oath”

Dear friend,

More and more, we are experiencing governmental lawyers who seem to have no religious affiliation, no exposure to Christianity, and no knowledge of some of the most basic Christian principles like the “Great Commission.”  To many governmental lawyers, the concept of a Christian spreading the Gospel is almost putrid to their senses.

I am writing my thoughts as I ponder upon a deposition currently ongoing in one of our cases. Our client was questioned by an attorney from the California Attorney General’s Office and I anticipate, based on her questions, that she will eventually argue that our client’s attempts to share the Gospel is not protected religious speech because it is offensive to some members of the public. Read More

US Supreme Court Upholds Prayer

This week, the United States Supreme Court issued a great ruling in favor of religious liberty. The court ruled that legislative bodies may begin their meetings with prayer, even if the prayer is Christian in nature or directed toward a specific deity.Prayer

In the 5-4 decision, Justice Kennedy wrote, “Ceremonial prayer is but a recognition that, since this Nation was founded and until the present day, many Americans deem that their own existence must be understood by precepts far beyond the authority of government.” Read More

A Victory in California…and The National Day of Prayer

A Victory in California!

          Let us give you some good news from California! Recently, we were contacted by Texas-based Liberty Legal Institute and Pastor Rick Moore of Calvary Church and StateChapel Laguna Niguel. Pastor Rick was attempting to rent city facilities from the City of Laguna Niguel in order to launch his new church. However, when Pastor Rick contacted the City, he learned that although the City rented their facilities to nonprofit organizations, the City could not rent to religiously based organizations because of a discriminatory provision embodied in the City’s ordinances. Read More

Religious Liberty – Vanishing Before Our Eyes

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Dear Partner,

Something concerning religious liberty in our nation happened recently, and with a minimal amount of media fanfare, the event came and went without much recognition.  We’d like to bring attention back to it, because we Christians need to WAKE UP to what is happening to our religious liberties!

Earlier this year, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (Republican) vetoed a bill that would give greater religious liberties to individuals and organizations, exempting them from any state law if it substantially burdens their religious beliefs and the exercise thereof.  Currently, Arizona, California, and several other states have non-discrimination laws in place for businesses and places of public accommodation, and this Arizona bill sought to increase the religious liberties of individuals and business owners.  Here’s a little background about why this bill was introduced…

Since the Bill of Rights was established in 1791, our Constitution has granted individuals the highest protection of religious We the peopleliberty.  From that time until 1990, if a law substantially burdened a person’s or business’s free exercise of religion, the government needed a compelling interest to force that individual or organization to comply to the law. Read More

How Hobby Lobby and Others are Taking a Stand for Religious Liberty

Yesterday, March 25, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases challenging the religious liberty issues at stake with the Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare): Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. andConestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius.

          What are these important cases about?
Religious Liberty in the Courts
Obamacare requires that businesses provide health care for their employees, and that health care must include coverage for all contraceptives, at no cost to the employees. Read More

Another Victory! Bible Accepted into Public School’s Library

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Recently, Advocates for Faith & Freedom was contacted by Gary Nelson regarding his third grader, Victoria, who attends an elementary school in the Temecula Valley Unified School District. The family was disheartened a couple of years ago—when Victoria was in first grade—and was not allowed to donate a Bible to the school-sponsored book donation program.  Read More

Teacher Tells First Grader: “You’re Not Allowed to Talk About the Bible in School”

This past December, first grader Brynn Williams’ presentation of her family’s Star of Bethlehem was shut down because she’s “not allowed to talk about the Bible in school.”

Brynn Williams

Brynn with her family Star of Bethlehem

Brynn’s incident at Temecula Valley Unified School District comes on the heels of a candy cane case involving West Covina Unified School District first grader Isaiah Martinez who was told, “Jesus is not allowed in school.” You can read the full story of that case here.

On Wednesday, December 18, 2013, Brynn Williams brought home a “share” bag as part of a school assignment.  Brynn’s teacher had given every child in her class a canvas bag with verbal instructions to find something at home that represents a family Christmas tradition, put it in the bag, bring it to school, and be prepared to share the family tradition. Read More

Teacher to First Grader: “You’re Not Allowed to Talk About the Bible in School”

Advocates for Faith & Freedom Press Release

January 13, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  Lori Sanada (951) 500-7854, (888) 588-6888

Teacher to First Grader: You’re not allowed to talk about the Bible in school

Temecula, CA., First grader Brynn Williams’ presentation of her family’s Star of Bethlehem was shut down because she’s “not allowed to talk about the Bible in school.”

Brynn’s incident at Temecula Valley Unified School District comes on the heels of a candy cane case involving West Covina Unified School District first grader Isaiah Martinez who was told, “Jesus is not allowed in school.” A copy of that press release was sent out by Advocates for Faith & Freedom last week and may be found here. Read More

“Jesus Is Not Allowed In School” Case Gathers Major Media

This week, we told you about our new case, in which our young client, Isaiah Martinez, brought a gift for his classmates: Candy canes with a Christian Isaiah Martinezmessage attached explaining the legend of the candy cane.  After conferring with the principal, his first grade teacher removed the Christian message from the candy canes and told him, “Jesus is not allowed in school.”  You can read the full story of this case here. Read More