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Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.

Most Recent Articles by Liberty Counsel:

Israeli Mayors Encourage US to Stop Funding Terrorism

Sep 19, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A letter on behalf of 24 Israeli mayors representing 450,000 residents of Judea and Samaria was sent to U.S. Senator Tom Cotton to encourage U.S. Senators to pass the Taylor Force Act. This bill, which will defund the Palestinian Authority (PA) until its ceases payments and benefits that reward terrorists and their families for terroristic acts against Israel and the United States. Having passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the bill now awaits a vote by the full Senate.

The letter from the Israeli mayors states: “If we truly want to give peace and coexistence a chance to blossom, then removing the poisonous message the underlies the need for the Taylor Force Act is a critical first step. The PA should receive the very clear message that the U.S. government will no longer look the other way when terrorists are publicly glorified. By exposing these blatant efforts to influence the next generation of Palestinians away from genuine peace efforts, your amendment actually gives peace a chance to take root.”

Atheist Group Objects to the National Motto

Sep 18, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

BENTONVILLE, AR -  An atheist group has threatened the Bentonville Public School District to not comply with Arkansas Act 911, a new law enacted which provides for the display of the National Motto, “In God We Trust,” in public schools as a patriotic and historic display.  Liberty Counsel has offered pro bono counsel and defense for the school district.

The American Atheists, founded by the late Madalyn Murray O’Hair, has issued a letter to over 260 superintendents across the state, claiming that the display is unconstitutional and threatening to file suit in federal court if the school district complies with the new law.

“Satanist Group” Fizzles in Tacoma School

Sep 15, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

TACOMA, WA—Atheists masquerading as a so-called Satanist Temple group recently ended its after-school program at Point Defiance Elementary School in Tacoma. The After-School Satan Club ceased meeting soon after teachers from the Seattle Satanic Temple offered their first meeting in December 2016. Apparently, only one child joined the club.

Federal Judge Nominees and Constitution Day

Sep 14, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As Americans prepare to celebrate Constitution Day and commemorate the 230th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution’s formation and signing on September 17, 1787, President Donald Trump has nominated sixteen individuals to federal judgeships, two of whom have practiced in the area of religious liberty and are committed to the original meaning of the Constitution and the rule of law.

If confirmed, Matthew J. Kacsmaryk of Texas will serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Kacsmaryk is Deputy General Counsel to First Liberty Institute, where his practice focuses on religious liberty litigation in federal courts and amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court. He earned his J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 2003 and his B.A., summa cum laude, from Abilene Christian University in 1999.

Boston Discriminates Against Christian Flag

Sep 14, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

BOSTON, MA - Liberty Counsel has sent a demand letter to the City of Boston to approve a permit to raise the Christian flag on a Boston City Hall Plaza flagpole, next to the American flag, as part of a permitted cultural event sponsored by Camp Constitution.  The event will celebrate the contributions of Christianity to American freedom and the rule of law, and will highlight the need for racial reconciliation through Christ. In addition to the flag raising on the steps of Boston City Hall Plaza, the event will include short presentations by clergy members from diverse national and ethnic backgrounds, and a brief history of Boston as “the city set on a hill.”

Camp Constitution’s Hal Shurtleff began the permitting process in July 2017 and offered the City several proposed dates in September. The City stonewalled, and the camp followed up multiple times, only to receive a written denial from the City on September 8:

Exposing the Truth about the SPLC’s “Hate Labels”

Sep 12, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

ORLANDO, FL - The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) grossly misrepresents and recklessly labels Christian, pro-family and conservative nonviolent groups as “hate groups,” lumping them in with violent groups like the KKK, Neo-Nazis and white supremacists. The SPLC includes Liberty Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, Family Research Council, the American Family Association and others in its listing of “hate groups.”  The SPLC has come under fire for its false labeling, which we know motivated Floyd Lee Corkins III to attempt mass murder against Family Research Council staff in 2012.

Coalition Urges Media to Stop Citing False SPLC

Sep 7, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Leaders of 47 nonprofits sent an open letter to the media warning that the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) list of so-called “hate groups” that includes peaceful organizations is false and lacks any semblance of credibility.

The letter states the SPLC is “a discredited, left-wing, political activist organization that seeks to silence its political opponents with a ‘hate group’ label of its own invention and application that is not only false and defamatory, but that also endangers the lives of those targeted with it.”

More Fake News from Right Wing Watch

Sep 1, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

ORLANDO, FL - Right Wing Watch (RWW) is a known purveyor of fake news which intentionally lies about the people it covers and has a clear agenda to denigrate and dehumanize its subjects. RWW has people listening to every Christian radio broadcast and then prints statements out of context using outrageous titles for its articles that are not true. RWW creates these false article titles so that they can be tweeted and re-tweeted. The article title becomes the news even when the body of the article does not support the false title. Even worse, unethical writers (not worthy of being called “journalists”) repeat the false stories never once checking with the original source. Right Wing Watch recently published an article disconnecting the title from the body of the article that was republished by Huffington Post, Towleroad and The Advocate. The title stated Mat Staver (they can never use that name without adding a negative modifier) allegedly said that “Anti-gay groups being treated like Jews in Nazi Germany.” But Staver never made such a statement during a recent radio interview.

AL Justice’s Free Speech Suit Continues

Sep 1, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

MONTGOMERY, AL - An Alabama federal district court dealt a blow to the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) that had put Alabama Supreme Court Associate Justice Tom Parker on notice of a complaint filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). The JIC and the former attorney general, Luther Strange, filed motions to dismiss Justice Parker’s suit, but the court held that Justice Parker has stated a claim that the Alabama Canons of Judicial Ethics violate his First Amendment right to free speech. Strange is now running for U.S. Senate against former Chief Justice Roy Moore.

SPLC Should Rename “Hate Map” to “Groups We Hate Map”

Aug 31, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

ORLANDO, FL - The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) admitted its fault and removed a town from its “Hate Map” this week. That map irresponsibly mixes religious organizations with violent hate groups, and this time it included the town of Amana because an unknown source alleged some people who might have been associated with The Daily Stormer met one time in a restaurant for coffee. This is one of many inaccuracies and gross over-characterizations that can be found on SPLC’s map. Amana, an innocent town, was then blacklisted by the SPLC. People living there were brought under a cloud a suspicion because of the improper, sweeping accusation of the SPLC. The SPLC makes wide generalizations and then seeks to harm those within its self-proclaimed classification of others. In a similar manner, the SPLC targets anyone who disagrees with them on issues related to the LGBT agenda. Then it claims civil disagreement as “evidence” for falsely classifying a peaceful organization as “hateful.” To do so is just as wrong and even more harmful than the SPLC’s mischaracterization of the city of Amana.

Liberty Relief International Seeks Help for Hurricane Harvey Disaster

Aug 28, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

HOUSTON, TX - Liberty Relief International, a humanitarian relief ministry of Liberty Counsel, is asking people to come together to support relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Harvey has and continues to inflict catastrophic disaster to Houston, Texas - the fourth largest American city that is larger than the entire state of New Jersey. Already, 450,000 people have been affected by the storm, which continues to dump rain on already flooded regions.

Strip Club Owner Hit with Attorney’s Fee by Street Preacher

Aug 25, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

GREENSBURG, LA - Today, the 21st Judicial District Court awarded Liberty Counsel over $55,000 in attorney’s fees and costs for the defense of Reverend Richard Sandberg for a lawsuit brought by a local strip club owner to silence his efforts to advance moral policy in St. Helena Parish.

CA Judge Refuses to Dismiss 14 Counts Against Sandra Merritt

Aug 25, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Today Judge Christopher Hite denied Sandra ‘Susan’ Merritt’s request to the San Francisco Superior Court to dismiss the 14 criminal charges which the Attorney General failed to refile within the time prescribed by law.

CA Surrogacy Law Supersedes Best Interest of Children

Aug 25, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Liberty Counsel filed an Amicus Brief today for M.C. v C.M.,asking the U.S. Supreme Court to accept the case challenging the California gestational surrogacy law that provides that intent of contracting parties supersedes the best interest of the children. Liberty Counsel represents the American College of Pediatricians, Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America and the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) and in support of the biological mother, M.C., who is represented by pro-life attorney Harold Cassidy.

Mat Staver Responds to “Hate Labels”

Aug 21, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

ORLANDO, FL—Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty, responds to the recent “hate label” from the Southern Poverty Law Center and calls for prayer and healing in a country divided.