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Trump Says No “Transgenders” in the Military

Jul 26, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C —President Donald J. Trump announced today that the U.S. government will not allow so-called transgender people “to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military.” President Trump’s announcement came just weeks after Defense Secretary James Mattis announced that he will defer implementation of the transgender policy until January 1, 2018. The Obama-era policy would have allowed incoming service members identifying as “transgender” to enlist if they have been “stable” in their gender identity for 18 months.

“Transgender” service members have been able to serve openly in the military since last year, when former Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended the ban. Since Oct. 1, transgender troops have been able to receive medical care and receive taxpayer-fund medical treatment that includes hormone therapy, counseling, and body mutilating plastic surgery.

Computer Security Company “Unblocks” Liberty Counsel

Jul 25, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

ORLANDO, FL - Norton Security Software, the anti-virus software company owned by Symantec that blocked users from the Liberty Counsel website stating it contains “hate” content, has now backed down. Norton acted in response to Liberty Counsel’s letter demanding an immediate review and reversal of the “hate” classification which blocked users from the website (

Norton “Support” lists various website categories and defines “hate” as “websites that advocate hostility or aggression toward an individual or group on the basis of race, religion, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, or other involuntary characteristics and sites that denigrate others or justify inequality on the basis of those characteristics.” However, Liberty Counsel does not advocate hostility or aggression toward anyone and does not justify inequality on any of the categories.

Jewish Legal Right to the Land Celebrates 95 Years

Jul 24, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - Today is the 95th anniversary of the “Mandate for Palestine” (Mandate), issued by the League of Nations, which granted Jews the legal right to establish citizenship in what was then called “Palestine.” Effective July 24, 1922, the Mandate recognized the 1917 Balfour Declaration from Great Britain, which promised a Jewish state in the land (Preamble), established a “Jewish national home” (Arts. 2 & 4) provided that no part of Palestine (which territory was larger than the borders of Israel today) “be ceded or leased to, or in any way placed under the control of, the Government of any foreign Power” (Art. 5), provided for Jewish citizenship (Arts. 6-7), and otherwise provided legal right of Jews to the land along with legal protections.

NJ Bill Enforces LGBT Agenda in Public Schools

Jul 21, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

TRENTON, NJ —A bill that directs the New Jersey Commissioner of Education to review and modify public school guidelines to accommodate and promote the rights of “transgender” students, in accordance with current State or federal laws and regulations, has passed the Senate and the Assembly and goes to the Governor for consideration. Liberty Counsel sent a letter to Governor Chris Christie encouraging him to veto the bill.

Palestinian Muslims Rebel Against Temple Mount Security

Jul 21, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - Following a deadly attack last Friday in which two Israel police officers were murdered and a third was seriously wounded, Israel temporarily closed the Temple Mount because they found that weapons had been smuggled into the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Temple Mount, where the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock are located, was reopened Sunday with metal detectors installed. The Waqf, which Israel has allowed to control the Temple Mount, urged Muslims to refuse to go through the metal detectors and has called for protests and rage against Israel. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has now asked the White House to pressure Israel to remove the metal detectors.

Kim Davis and Rowan County Not Liable for Attorney’s Fees

Jul 21, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

ASHLAND, KY - Today, U.S. District Judge David Bunning ruled that neither Kim Davis nor Rowan County are liable for attorney’s fees over the marriage license issue that began in 2015. Judge Bunning did overrule the Magistrate’s Findings and Recommendations that concluded the ACLU was not entitled to any attorney’s fees because the plaintiffs were not the prevailing party. Bunning found that the temporary preliminary injunction entitled the plaintiffs to attorney’s fees and went on to rule that the Commonwealth of Kentucky would be liable to pay the fees and costs, not Kim Davis or Rowan County.

Indiana Schools Discriminate Against Christian Club

Jul 20, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Liberty Counsel is presenting argument in federal court today to require an Indiana school district to grant Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) equal access to school facilities for the ministry’s Good News Clubs. The case, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Indiana, Inc. v. Indiana Metropolitan School District of Pike Township, seeks to secure the same access and benefits for the Good News Clubs that non-religious groups currently enjoy.

In violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, the school district required CEF to pay facilities use fees for Good News Club meetings, while waiving the fees for similarly situated, non-religious groups. For nearly two school years, the school district ignored CEF’s numerous attempts to resolve the constitutional violations, depriving Pike Township elementary students of the Good News Club’s program, which CEF offers to all interested students free of charge.

So-called Conservative Legislators Cave to LGBT Agenda

Jul 14, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C—The House of Representatives voted 209 to 214 yesterday to defeat the amendment would have put an end to the use of military funding for “sex change” surgeries. There are 24 Republicans who voted on the side of the LGBT lobby to defeat the amendment.

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler’s amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act would have represented a unique opportunity, in a united Congress, to put an end to this abuse of our military and of American taxpayer dollars, by putting an end to the use of defense funding to pay for genital-mutilating “sex reassignment surgeries.” The new amendment would have made it so “funds available to the Department of Defense may not be used to provide medical treatment (other than mental health treatment) related to gender transition to a person entitled to medical care.”

Legislators Seek to Stop Funding Palestinian Terrorism

Jul 13, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senate Foreign Relations Committee began hearings yesterday on S.474, known as the Taylor Force Act, which will defund the Palestinian Authority (PA) until they cease and denounce their “Pay to Slay” policy, which rewards terrorists and their families for acts against Israel and the United States. Liberty Counsel and Christians in Defense of Israel have been instrumental in encouraging legislators to hold this hearing.

The bill’s sponsor, Senator Lindsey Graham, opened the hearing by introducing this legislation that would stop the incentive payments to terrorists to kill innocent civilians. In attendance was Stuart Force, the father of U.S. army veteran and Vanderbilt student, Taylor Force, for whom the bill is named.  Taylor served the United States in combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, only to be senselessly killed as a civilian by a Palestinian terrorist in Israel.

Plaintiffs Seek to Punish Kim Davis

Jul 12, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

ASHLAND, KY—Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, represented by Liberty Counsel, filed new Motions to Dismiss this week in the 2015 marriage license lawsuits Ermold v. Davis and Yates v. Davis, which seek to punish Davis financially for refusing to violate her deeply held religious convictions. The two cases were dismissed a year ago but were reinstated following an appeal.

House Committee Bill Prohibits LGBT Special Rights

Jul 11, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Civil Rights Uniformity Act, known as H.R. 2796, was recently introduced by the House Committee on the Judiciary to prohibit in all federal anti-discrimination laws the plain meaning of “sex” and “gender,” from being interpreted to denote “gender identity.”

This legislation affirms in federal laws including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Fair Housing Act and Obamacare that when Congress passed these civil rights laws, the purpose was to protect against discrimination when it comes to a person’s objective biological sex, rather than subjective, self-professed “gender identity.”

UNESCO’s Hebron Resolution Denounces Israel Heritage

Jul 10, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL—The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee passed a resolution last Friday which declares that the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron is a Palestinian heritage site. Twelve of the World Heritage Committee’s 21 member states voted in favor of the resolution, three opposed it and six abstained.

The Hebron resolution, debated as part of the committee’s 41st annual summit in Krakow, Poland, names the Tomb of the Patriarchs as the third cultural site on UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger that is in the “State of Palestine.” The other two are the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem and the “cultural landscape of southern Jerusalem, Battir.” The Palestinians submitted the Hebron motion via an expedited procedure, claiming that the area was “threatened” and that Israel was “vandalizing” the site. The committee will convene each year to discuss them.

Oregon House Passes Bill for Free Abortions

Jul 7, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

SALEM, OR—The Oregon House of Representatives passed HB 3391, known as the Reproductive Health Equity Act, which requires health insurers and taxpayers to fund free abortions for residents and illegal immigrants. The bill passed 33-23 last Saturday and has now advanced to the state Senate for consideration.

The bill would force health insurers to provide free abortions without a co-pay. HB 3391 also would set aside $10.2 million tax dollars for abortions, contraception and other reproductive health services for 2017 through 2019 in Medicaid. An Oregon Health Authority official testified that this bill will provide almost $500,000 more for abortions, which will go to Planned Parenthood.

Mennonite Church Passes Anti-Israel Resolution

Jul 7, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

ORLANDO, FL—The Mennonite Church USA voted yesterday to sell off its holdings in companies that profit from what the church described as the “Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.” The decision was made in Orlando at a national Mennonite convention, which represented 75,000 church members.

While the resolution condemns anti-Semitism, encourages stronger ties between church members and Jews, and endorses a review of how Mennonites responded to the Holocaust, it also directs managers of the 3 billion dollar Everence church fund to screen holdings to avoid any economic support for “Israeli policies in the occupied territories.”

Defense Department Delays Obama’s “Transgender” Policy

Jul 5, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Defense Secretary James Mattis announced just hours before a July 1 deadline that he will defer implementation of the so-called transgender policy until January 1, 2018. The Obama-era policy would have allowed incoming service members identifying as “transgender” to enlist if they have been “stable” in their gender identity for 18 months. Such a policy is wide-reaching, applying to use of barracks, bathrooms, shower rooms, and coerced “training” of military and civilian personnel. The Obama policy directly undermines unit readiness as well as religious and conscience objections.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, former U.S. Army Delta Force commander and executive vice president of the Family Research Council, said “the Pentagon is right to hit the brakes on a policy that will fail to make our military more capable in performing its mission to fight and win wars. It’s good that the nation’s military leadership realizes what the American people realize, this policy makes no sense. The military has been reduced to stripping parts from museums, which is why it makes no sense to spend more than a billion taxpayer dollars on new body parts for anyone who joins the military and identifies as transgender.”