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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.

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Liberty Counsel Challenges CA Forced Abortion Speech Law

Jan 16, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Liberty Counsel Challenges CA Forced Abortion Speech Law
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Liberty Counsel filed an amicus brief today in National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra, one of four cases brought before the Supreme Court by crisis pregnancy centers challenging the law as a violation of the First Amendment guarantees of free speech and free exercise of religion.

The Supreme Court has agreed to review the California Reproductive FACT Act, which compels pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to post notices regarding the availability of free and low-cost abortions in their physical clinics, printed material and online. The Court agreed to review the NIFLA case on the limited question of “whether the disclosures required by the California Reproductive FACT Act violate the protections set forth in the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment, applicable to the States through the Fourteenth Amendment.”


Prison Chaplains Given Accommodation for OC Spray

Jan 12, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Prison Chaplains Given Accommodation for OC Spray
BENNETTSVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA—The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has now granted religious accommodation to prison chaplains at various federal correctional institutions who were being punished for not carrying oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray as a potential weapon against inmates to whom they are tasked to minister and counsel.

The religious accommodation was granted and previous punitive measures were revoked as a result of Liberty Counsel’s letter advising the BOP that the Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act of 2015 does not require chaplains to carry OC spray. Liberty Counsel also referenced Attorney General Sessions’ recent memo on religious liberty in the federal workplace.


Planned Parenthood Now Offers “Sex-Change” Services

Jan 10, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Planned Parenthood Now Offers Sex-Change Services
ORLANDO, FLORIDA - Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, has expanded its services to offering “transgender” hormone therapy.


Love Saves Lives at March for Life

Jan 10, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Love Saves Lives at March for Life
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Pam Tebow, NFL/MLB player Tim Tebow’s mother, and former NFL player Matt Birk and his wife Adrianna will address the hundreds of thousands of pro-life citizens who are participating on January 19, 2018 in the 45th annual March for Life Rally in Washington, D.C.

U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski and U.S. Representative Chris Smith, as well as Sisters of Life’s Sr. Bethany Madonna, are also among the speakers. Christian music artist Plumb will perform a pre-rally concert.

This year’s March for Life theme is “Love Saves Lives” and the rally is held annually marking the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion nationwide. Pro-life citizens will spend many hours traveling on buses from across the nation to participate in the march. Participants will rally on the National Mall and then march to the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill.

“This annual March for Life Rally serves as a reminder there is hope for reversing the Roe v. Wade abortion decision and making the womb a safe place in America again,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “We must take a stand for the sanctity of life and let legislators and Supreme Court justices know that it’s time to stop the human genocide,” said Staver.


Study Confirms Gender Is Not Social Construct

Jan 10, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Study Confirms Gender Is Not Social Construct
ORLANDO, FLORIDA - A recent study authored by John A. Barry of Institute for Women’s Health at University College London found that children overwhelmingly chose to play with toys typed to their gender. Boys played with male-typical toys more than girls did, and girls played with female-typical toys more than boys did.

The study, “Sex differences in children’s toy preferences: A systematic review, meta-regression, and meta-analysis,” which was published in Infant and Child Development, reviewed 16 studies, from 1980 to 2016, of 787 boys and 813 girls ranging in age from one to eight years.


SCOTUS Declines Mississippi Religious Freedom Challenge

Jan 9, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

SCOTUS Declines Mississippi Religious Freedom Challenge
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court declined yesterday to hear two cases challenging the constitutionality of a Mississippi law that allows religious organizations to refuse to hire persons or provide services to LGBT people in situations that conflict with their sincerely held religious beliefs.

The high court’s refusal leaves in place the law, known as H.B. 1523, that prevents the state of Mississippi from taking “discriminatory action” against persons who act in accordance with religious beliefs that marriage “is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman.” Among the decisions covered are hiring, adoption or foster care, provision of gender reassignment health care and providing personal services such as baking or photography.


Court Strikes Baltimore Forced Abortion Speech Law

Jan 6, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Court Strikes Baltimore Forced Abortion Speech Law
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a Baltimore City Ordinance seeking to impose notification requirements on unlicensed pregnancy centers. The ordinance compelled these pregnancy resource centers to post notices that conspicuously state in English and Spanish that they do not provide nor refer women for abortions or birth control services.

The Fourth Circuit found that the ordinance violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment. In contrast to decisions by the Ninth Circuit which validated a similar law in California, the Fourth Circuit found that the Baltimore ordinance was not commercial or professional speech. The court said, “The compelled speech at issue here raises particularly troubling First Amendment concerns. At bottom, the disclaimer portrays abortion as one among a menu of morally equivalent choices. While that may be the city’s view, it is not the center’s.”


SPLC Cannot Defend “Hate Tracker” with #MerryChristmas and #Jesus

Dec 30, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

SPLC Cannot Defend “Hate Tracker” with #MerryChristmas and #Jesus

ORLANDO, FL – The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has a so-called “Hate Tracker” webpage, which purports to track social media communications of groups that SPLC hates. The “Hate Tracker” page includes the following social media hashtags: #christmas, #merrychristmas, #merrychristmaseve, #jesus, and #whitegenocide and #ineedwhitesupremacybecause this week. The SPLC claims it monitors social media communications of so-called hate groups and now claims that the #christmas, #merrychristmas, #merrychristmaseve, and #jesus hashtags are due to a so-called algorithm, but the SPLC cannot run from the clear intent of its “Hate Tracker” page.

The SPLC website plainly states that it is a “Hate Tracker” and, when narrowed to specific days, on December 24th, #merrychristmas held the No. 2 ranking. On December 25th, #merrychristmas was ranked No. 1 and on December 26th, it was ranked No. 3. After Liberty Counsel and other media sources challenged the SPLC, it now claims the rankings are created with an automatic feed of popular tweets among those it claims are hate groups, and that the “Hate Tracker” webpage doesn’t actually track hate; it just tracks what is being tweeted by supposedly hateful people.


Government Raid Revealed Baby Bodies Preserved in Warehouse

Dec 28, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

Government Raid Revealed Baby Bodies Preserved in Warehouse
DETROIT, MI - Government investigators found four bodies, appearing to be second-trimester infants, preserved in a Detroit cadaver warehouse owned by Arthur Rathburn. The raid was triggered by information showing that he had provided human organs with hepatitis and HIV instead of healthy tissue to paying clients in December 2013, according to Reuters. Rathburn has pled “not guilty” and is facing trial next month for defrauding both clients and donors. However, the indictment he is currently facing does not even mention the four prenatal bodies. Nor is it clear where they came from or who he was providing them to. The infants were lifted out of a brownish liquid, which documents indicated “included human brain tissue,” according to Reuters, which included intentionally pixilated pictures because of their graphic nature in the report.


“Merry Christmas” Makes the SPLC’s Hate List

Dec 27, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

Merry Christmas Makes the SPLC's Hate List
ORLANDO, FL - The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) was caught “monitoring hate” by tracking its 12 top most hateful hashtags, which included: #merrychristmas, which ranks number two, #christmas at number three, #christmaseve at number five, #jesus at number eight, and #merrychristmaseve in the last slot. The SPLC is willing to lump anyone who says “Merry Christmas” or “Jesus” in with the most violent and racist groups in America. This is one more way that the SPLC is exposing its own radical, discredited, anti-Christian hate. View a snapshot of the tracker or visit its page now.

 


UN Votes Against Jerusalem As Capital

Dec 21, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

UN Votes Against Jerusalem As Capital
NEW YORK, NY - The United Nations General Assembly voted 128-9 today in an emergency session to declare President Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital “null and void.”

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, said the United States will put its embassy in Jerusalem regardless of the vote. However, President Trump will cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor of a United Nations resolution draft calling for the United States to withdraw its decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.


University of Minnesota Official Refutes Holiday Memo

Dec 21, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

University of Minnesota Official Refutes Holiday Memo
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - A University of Minnesota official denies that the document titled, “Religious Diversity and the Holidays,” represents a policy of the school, stating instead that it was an “ill-advised” memo from “one individual that was not distributed broadly.” The University has clarified and distanced itself from this holiday memo.

The University representative stated: “There is no ‘Religious Diversity and the Holidays’ memo. The actions of a single employee, whose attempt at a diversity training session was, to be blunt, ill-advised, does not constitute a policy on the part of the University. The document in question was created by one individual as part of a session for a segment of employees within one area of the University. It was not provided by, reviewed by, or approved by the University of Minnesota; the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; or the University’s Office of Equity and Diversity. The document was not distributed broadly to CFANS employees (or anyone else at the University of Minnesota, for that matter).”

“Public universities may acknowledge and even celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah along with secular aspects of the holiday season,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “I am glad to see the University distance itself from this bizarre holiday memo. I agree with the University official that any distribution of this memo was ‘ill-advised,’” said Staver.

UPDATE ON:  University of Minnesota Official Refutes Holiday Memo


University of Minnesota Censors Christmas on Campus

Dec 20, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

University of Minnesota Censors Christmas on Campus
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - University of Minnesota officials recently distributed a document titled, “Religious Diversity and the Holidays,” to employees and student workers advising them to keep “inappropriate religious celebrations” out of public spaces. The document was distributed at the University as part of a “Dean’s Dialogues: Respecting Religious Diversity in CFANS and at the University” event within the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.


US Vetoes UN Resolution Against Jerusalem

Dec 18, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

US Vetoes UN Resolution Against Jerusalem
NEW YORK CITY, NY—The U.S. vetoed a U.N. resolution seeking to challenge President Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. President Trump affirmed this month that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and promised to begin the process of relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.


Judge Blocks Religious Exceptions to ObamaCare

Dec 18, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

Judge Blocks Religious Exceptions to ObamaCare
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Obama-appointed federal Judge Wendy Beetlestone temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s recent rules which exempt nonprofits that have religious objections to the ObamaCare contraception and abortion drug and device mandate. “Courts do not have the authority to order the federal government to force religious nonprofits to provide free contraception and abortion drugs and devices,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel.

In the lawsuit, filed by the State of Pennsylvania, the judge said the Trump administration’s religious accommodation rules “would cause irreparable harm because tens of thousands of women would lose contraceptive coverage.” Seriously?


DOJ Appeals Military “Transgender” Ruling

Dec 12, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

DOJ Appeals Military Transgender Ruling
WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed an appeal in a D.C. federal appeals court after the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia said the military must begin accepting so-called “transgender” recruits on January 1, despite opposition from President Trump and the Pentagon.

The DOJ is currently reviewing the legal options to ensure that the president’s directive can be implemented. The Pentagon, under the direction of former President Obama, had originally set the January 1 deadline before President Trump declared a ban on all “transgender” military personnel earlier this year.


DOJ Investigating Planned Parenthood

Dec 11, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

DOJ Investigating Planned Parenthood
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Department of Justice (DOJ) is now investigating Planned Parenthood regarding the sale of aborted baby body parts for profit. Last Friday, DV Biologics and DaVinci Biosciences, which purchased aborted baby body parts from Planned Parenthood abortion clinics, agreed to pay $7.785 million and cease all business operations in California.

Justice Department Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs Stephen Boyd sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee requesting unredacted documents underlying a 2016 investigation by the committee into the exchange of human fetal tissue that had been donated for research by women who got abortions.


Baby Body Parts Companies Must Cease Operations

Dec 11, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

Baby Body Parts Companies Must Cease Operations
ORANGE COUNTY, CA - On Friday, two sister companies, DV Biologics and DaVinci Biosciences, agreed to settle a lawsuit brought against them by the Orange County prosecutor for illegally selling baby body parts supplied by Planned Parenthood to pharmaceutical companies and schools across America and at least 10 countries for millions of dollars in profit. The companies avoided a court ruling by settling out of court. The companies, whose owners who are part of an Ecuadoran family convicted of bank fraud amounting to more than $600 million dollars, were forced to pay $7.785 million, turn over more than $10,000 in laboratory equipment and storage containers, and pay $195,000 in civil penalties. Both companies must cease doing business in California. These companies created catalogues of baby body parts and even ran “specials” to sell to pharmaceutical companies and universities.


Jerusalem is Capital of Israel

Dec 6, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

 Jerusalem is Capital of Israel,
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Donald Trump affirmed that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel, and promised to begin the process of relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem. “President Trump’s affirmation that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel represents a significant and long overdue shift in U.S. policy,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, President of Christians in Defense of Israel, and Founder and Chairman of Covenant Journey.


House Votes to Stop Funding Terrorism

Dec 5, 2017 — Liberty Counsel

Taylor Force Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The House voted in favor of the Taylor Force Act, which will defund the Palestinian Authority (PA) until they cease and denounce funding and support for terrorists and their families for acts against Israel and the United States. The Taylor Force Act already passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and awaits the full vote of the Senate.

Liberty Counsel and Christians in Defense of Israel have been instrumental in encouraging legislators to pass the Taylor Force Act. This legislation is named in memory of U.S. army veteran and Vanderbilt student, Taylor Force, who served in combat deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq, only to be senselessly killed as a civilian by a Palestinian terrorist in Israel.