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SACRAMENTO, CA - It was 34 years to the day that Walt Heyer’s birth certificate was changed from “male” to “female” that his restored birth certificate finally arrived in his mail reflecting his birth sex as “male.”
Heyer’s first attempt to restore his birth certificate was in 1989, after realizing his “sex reassignment surgery” was a grave mistake. He made numerous unsuccessful attempts over 28 years to restore his original certificate to “male.” In 2017, with help from Liberty Counsel, Heyer was finally successful in having his birth certificate changed back to “male,” after he had experienced numerous denials by the State of California.
Sexually abused as a boy by a family member, combined with his grandmother’s decision to secretly clothe him as a girl, Heyer struggled with gender dysphoria, sexual abuse, alcohol and drug abuse. Heyer finally experienced restoration and healing from the transgender lifestyle after he embraced a relationship with Jesus Christ. Now, Heyerpublicly shares his story at numerous conferences and churches throughout the country, and he has been featured in the January 2017 publication of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’ Decision Magazine and in World Magazine in February of this year. Heyer’s work on transgenderism includes 19 articles published in the federalist.com and nine articles published in thepublicdiscourse.com.
TAMPA, FL - Liberty Counsel renewed a previous demand with a follow-up letter to Hillsborough County Public Schools regarding its pitiful investigation and whitewash of the discriminatory bullying behavior of Lora Jane Riedas, a math teacher at Riverview High School.
Liberty Counsel now represents four students who independently confirmed and provided additional information regarding the classroom political activism and bullying of Riedas. Her social media confirms her activism during class time. School officials failed to properly address and discipline Riedas’ behavior, despite the obvious contradictory evidence.
ORLANDO, FL - A survey of politically active Christians found that Liberty Counsel was named the top 12 most effective organization, making “the most positive impact on American society during 2016,” according to the American Culture & Faith Institute (Culture and Faith Institute). This ranking is remarkable out of 1.5 million non-profits and an estimated 28 million businesses. In another article, the Culture and Faith Institute named leaders popular among conservatives, which included Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, among those perceived to have ushered in positive cultural transformation in 2016.
WASHINGTON—Approximately 60 Christian leaders, representing 60 million Christians across America, signed a letter delivered yesterday to President Donald Trump calling on him to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and thus recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The letter states, “The time has come, at long last, to uphold American law by moving the U.S. Embassy to Israel’s eternal indivisible capital city of Jerusalem.” Referencing the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, the letter noted that Congress had recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and called for the U.S. Embassy to be moved there by May 31, 1999. On October 23, 1995, Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. The law passed the Senate by 93-5 and the House by 374-37. Yet the law was never implemented because of opposition from former Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama.
LEXINGTON, KY - The Kentucky Court of Appeals ruling on Friday affirmed a printer who objected to promoting a message for Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organization (GLSO) which conflicted with his sincerely held religious beliefs.
Hands On Originals’ managing owner, Blaine Adamson, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, refused to print T-shirts for the 2012 Lexington Pride Festival because he disagreed with the shirt’s message of “pride in being gay.”
Although he declined to print the shirts, he offered to refer the GLSO to another printer who would have made the shirts. Unsatisfied, the GLSO filed a complaint with the commission-despite eventually receiving the shirts for free from another printer. In 2014, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission ruled that Blaine Adamson of Hands On Originals must print messages that conflict with his faith when customers ask him to do so.
ORLANDO - Liberty Counsel is already negotiating with a school that attempted to censor students’ free speech because of religious content. Every spring, atheists and uneducated individuals seek to remove God from public school graduations. Every year, Liberty Counsel acts to ensure that prayer and religious viewpoints are not censored during these ceremonies.
This year is Liberty Counsel’s fifteenth annual launch of the “Friend or Foe” Graduation Prayer Campaign. Liberty Counsel’s web page offers legal memos, pocket guides for religious freedom, and even red “I WILL PRAY” wristbands that can be a reminder for students who wish to pray. This campaign seeks to protect religious viewpoints at graduation. Liberty Counsel will first educate and then, if necessary, litigate to ensure that prayer and religious viewpoints are not suppressed during graduation ceremonies and also throughout the year.
WASHINGTON - Under President Trump’s administration, the State Department announced today plans to expand the Mexico City policy that bans U.S. funding for abortions overseas. The expanded policy, known as “Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance,” prohibits U.S. taxpayer money from funding foreign organizations that perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.
The pro-life policy will apply global health assistance funding for international health programs, such as those for HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, malaria, global health security, and family planning and reproductive health, rather than abortion.
RICHMOND, VA - Today, Liberty Counsel filed an amicus brief at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of a Virginia school board on the so-called bathroom transgender decision in G.G. v. Gloucester County School Board. The brief was filed on behalf of Dr. Judith Reisman and the Center for Child Protection Institute.
The Supreme Court previously blocked the decision by the appeals court which ruled that the federal law known as Title IX should be interpreted to include “gender identity” and that a girl who “identifies” as a boy can use the boy’s restroom. The case was sent back to the court of appeals after President Trump rescinded Obama’s transgender guidance that schools had to adopt a policy allowing students to use the restroom of their “self-identity.”
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma’s House of Representatives passed a resolution on Monday declaring abortion to be murder and calling on state officials at every level to work to support life.
Sponsored by Representative Chuck Strohm, HR 1004 states that “all human life is protected by God’s law and the highest laws of the land.” Copies of the resolution will be sent to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Lawmakers hope that it will support pro-life regulations already in place in the state.
WASHINGTON - Today, Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the Mayflower hotel to open today’s session at the World Congress of Persecuted Christians event sponsored by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). Attendees hail from over 130 nations with high level representatives from the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Coptic and Evangelical Christian communities. Vice President Pence delivered a heart-felt message to the gathering of Christian leaders. He said that President Trump is resolved to help persecuted Christians and religious minorities.
Vice President Pence said, “I am here on behalf of President Donald Trump as a tangible sign of his commitment-a commitment to defending Christians and all who suffer for their beliefs. Freedom to worship God according to our conscience is in the very fabric of our country. ‘For I know the plans that I have for you…’ True words when they were first spoken, true words today. Know that America stands with you.”
ORLANDO, FL - The shocking story of Christian persecution is being released in a movie debut, showing at churches on May 23, 2017, called “Faithkeepers.” This movie documents the revealing history and widespread persecution of Christians across the Middle East. This incredible, 50-minute film is packed with stories from children and their parents.
Each year, thousands of Christians are killed because of their faith. The movie brings to life these stories and the appalling persecution and deaths of Christians worldwide. There is little relief found in the Middle East. In Egypt, 90 percent of the population believes that converts to Christianity deserve death. Liberty Counsel’s ministry, Liberty Relief International, provides aid and relief to Christian refugees in the Middle East, who are being slaughtered and displaced by radical Jihadists.
REHOVOT, ISRAEL - A recent study released from Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science refutes propaganda from LGBT activists who detach gender completely from sex and promote that men can become so-called “women” by merely “identifying” as female, and vice-versa.
Professor Shmuel Pietrokovski and Dr. Moran Gershoni, both researchers from the Weizmann Institute’s Molecular Genetics Department, “looked closely at around 20,000 protein-coding genes, sorting them by sex and searching for differences in expression in each tissue. They eventually identified around 6,500 genes with activity that was biased toward one sex or the other in at least one tissue, adding to the already major biological differences between men and women.”
INDIANAPOLIS - Today, Liberty Counsel filed a federal lawsuit against an Indiana school district on behalf of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) for the ministry’s Good News Club. The case, Child Evangelism Fellowship of Indiana v. Indiana Metropolitan School District of Pike Township, seeks equal access and benefits for the Good News Club to public school facilities as non-religious groups.
SAN FRANCISCO - After 12 hours, three judges and $75,000 in bail, Sandra “Susan” Merritt was finally released from jail Wednesday. Merritt turned herself in to California authorities to answer the 15-count felony charges brought against her by the State of California for her undercover work in exposing Planned Parenthood’s illegal sale of aborted baby body parts.
WASHINGTON —President Trump signed an executive order today that promotes religious liberty throughout the federal agencies in general and in certain specific areas.
The executive order declares that it is the policy of the Administration to protect and vigorously promote religious liberty, directs the IRS to exercise maximum enforcement of discretion to alleviate the burden of the Johnson Amendment, and provides regulatory relief for religious objectors to Obamacare’s burdensome preventive services mandate.
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