Liberty Counsel


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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Labor Department Protects Religious Freedom

Aug 13, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Labor Department Protects Religious Freedom

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a new policy directive on Friday which focused on protecting religious freedom. The directive instructs OFCCP staff - in all their activities - to take into account recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions and White House executive orders that protect religious freedom.


Court Vindicates American Pastor

Aug 13, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Court Vindicates American Pastor
BOSTON, MA - On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit vindicated the name of Pastor Scott Lively, in an appeal Liberty Counsel filed in June 2017. Lively filed the appeal after winning summary judgment against the foreign LGBT activists, Sexual Minorities of Uganda (SMUG), which had sued Lively in 2012 for sharing his biblical views on homosexuality during three visits to Uganda in 2002 and 2009.


School Releases Propaganda Videos

Aug 10, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

EMMAUS, PA—- The East Penn School District has submitted to Liberty Counsel’s demand on behalf of concerned parents and complied with Pennsylvania law, by providing the links to the YouTube videos that were shown to more than 2,000 high school students as part of the district’s “Unity Week” and promotion of GLSEN’s “Day of Silence.” Emmaus High School required the students to watch the videos, which promoted homosexuality, same-sex “marriage” and gender dysphoria, on the school TV system without prior notice to their parents or an opportunity to opt-out.


Boston Censorship on Trial

Aug 10, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Roger Gannam with Hal Shurtleff and Camp Constitution teachers
BOSTON, MA - Today, Liberty Counsel presented oral argument in its federal lawsuit against the city of Boston and one of its officials for censoring the Christian flag that Boston resident Hal Shurtleff and his Christian civic organization, Camp Constitution, requested to fly on the city’s public forum. The city regularly extends to other civic and cultural organizations the freedom to raise their flags on the city hall flagpoles to commemorate whatever events are important to the organizations. The city’s application policy refers to the flagpoles as a public forum.


NV Schools Endanger Children

Aug 8, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

NV Schools Endanger Children
LAS VEGAS, NV—Clark County Public School District is pushing to adopt new policies that would violate students’ privacy, endanger children and make schools less safe, despite community opposition. On Thursday, August 9, the school board will be voting on policies that will allow students to use bathrooms, locker rooms and showers based on their gender identity, rather than their biological sex.


Abortion Increases Mental Problems and Mortality Rates

Aug 8, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Abortion Increases Mental Problems and Mortality Rates
ORLANDO, FL - Research has now confirmed that women who have abortions have an increased risk of psychological issues and even violent death.

A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry shows that women who have an abortion face an increased risk for mental health problems, including substance abuse, anxiety and depression. Researchers analyzed data on 877,000 women, including 164,000 who had an abortion. They found that women who had an abortion experienced an 81 percent increased risk for mental problems. These women were 34 percent more likely to develop an anxiety disorder, 37 percent more likely to experience depression, 110 percent more likely to abuse alcohol, 155 percent more likely to commit suicide, and 220 percent more likely to use marijuana.


LGBT Bar Association Bigotry

Aug 7, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National LGBT Bar Association, a national association of lawyers, an affiliate of the American Bar Association, recently announced a campaign that encourages attorneys across the nation to pledge not to provide pro bono services to Liberty Counsel and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).


Planet Fitness Loses Locker Room Case

Jul 31, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Planet Fitness Loses Locker Room Case
MIDLAND, MI - A Michigan appeals court has ruled in favor of a former Planet Fitness customer who argued that her rights under Michigan’s consumer protection law were violated when the club did not disclose its unwritten policy and canceled her membership because she complained about a man in the women’s locker room.


DOJ Religious Liberty Announcement

Jul 30, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

DOJ Religious Liberty Announcement
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Trump administration has created a Religious Liberty Task Force, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in order to further the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) work to protect and promote religious liberty as established in the Religious Liberty Memorandum and the Implementation Memorandum.


Abortion Waiting Period in FL

Jul 30, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Abortion Waiting Period in FL
TALLAHASSEE, FL - Liberty Counsel has filed an amicus brief in Gainesville Woman Carev. State of Florida, arguing in favor of a 24-hour waiting period on behalf of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) and the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds).

The State of Florida has acted in the best interest of women and girls by adding a waiting period to its Informed Consent Abortion Law. However, in 2017, the Florida Supreme Court reinstated the injunction against a 24-hour waiting period to the abortion law, and the case returned to the trial court for final resolution. The trial court granted judgment to the plaintiffs, saying that the 24-hour waiting period for abortions is unconstitutional.

 


Radical Ideology Forced on Students

Jul 27, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Radical Ideology Forced on StudentsNEWNAN, GA - The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) promotes not just “English” instruction, but a radical “social justice” and critical theory agenda. NCTE trains teachers to indoctrinate students with radical ideology, under the guise of classroom English assignments, and in violation of parental rights.


Sandra Merritt Seeks to Recuse AG and Dismiss Charges

Jul 25, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Sandra Merritt Seeks to Recuse AG and Dismiss Charges
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Sandra ‘Susan’ Merritt has filed a motion to recuse California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra and his Office from prosecuting the criminal complaint brought against her, and to dismiss all charges, because the charges are politically motivated and the Attorney General has a documented bias in favor of, and has publicly pledged to “stand with Planned Parenthood.”

Liberty Counsel is defending Merritt against 15 felony charges, brought by the Attorney General to punish Merritt for her undercover work in exposing Planned Parenthood’s unethical and potentially illegal profiteering from the sale of aborted baby body parts.


Resolution Protects Children and Parents’ Rights

Jul 25, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Resolution Protects Children and Parents' Rights
AUSTIN, TX—The Republican National Committee unanimously approved a resolution to repeal obscenity exemptions and protect public school children by requiring parental notification and approval for all human sexuality instruction to be only “opt in” instead of the meaningless “opt out” that has been used.


Religious Freedom Breakfast with Brownback

Jul 24, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Liberty Counsel, in partnership with Faith & Action, hosted U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback today at a breakfast meeting for people and groups interested in the protection of religious freedom worldwide.


Victory for Life in New York

Jul 23, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Victory for Life in New York
BROOKLYN, NY - U.S. District Judge Carol Bagley Amon has denied an injunction sought by the New York Attorney General (OAG) against 13 pro-life Christians who counsel women and preach the gospel on the public sidewalks outside New York’s largest abortion business. Liberty Counsel represents defendant Scott Fitchett, Jr., who was sued with the other defendants in June 2017 by former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman who wanted to shut down the Christian and pro-life speech of the defendants outside Choices Women’s Medical Center in Jamaica, NY. Fitchett is a pre-K teacher who has spent Saturdays peacefully sharing the gospel on public sidewalks throughout New York City, including outside Choices “to persuade women to change their minds about seeking an abortion by communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”


US Hosts First Religious Freedom Ministerial

Jul 23, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

US Hosts First Religious Freedom Ministerial

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will host the first Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.


Rehnquist Is Kavanaugh’s Judicial Hero

Jul 12, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Rehnquist Is Kavanaugh's Judicial Hero
WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, has stated that Chief Justice William Rehnquist was “his first judicial hero.”

Rehnquist served on the Supreme Court of the United States as an Associate Justice from 1972 to 1986 and as Chief Justice from 1986 until his death in 2005. He was often the “lone dissenter” during the 1970s, but the legal reasoning in many of his dissents eventually became the majority opinion.


Fairfax County Implements Harmful Curriculum

Jun 30, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Fairfax County Implements Harmful Curriculum
FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA - The Fairfax County School Board voted 10-1 this week for children to be taught, without parents’ permission, that that their biological sex is meaningless and that they can transition to a different sex than the one “assigned” to them at birth.

The school board will now implement the Family Life Education Program (FLE) to become the most radical sex-ed curriculum in the country, despite a record-breaking number of objections from parents. According to a tally sheet published two days before the vote, the school board received 1,300 comments with 83 percent opposing the removal of “biological sex” to be replaced with “sex assigned at birth.”


Free Speech Implodes Forced Union Fees

Jun 27, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Free Speech Implodes Forced Union Fees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In another major victory for free speech, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 today in Janus v. AFSCME that nonunion workers cannot be forced to pay fees to public sector unions. Those fees, approved by the court in the 1977 case Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, cover collective bargaining costs, such as contract negotiations for better wages, but are meant to exclude political advocacy. However, the unions were also using them to support political activity, and employees were forced to support ideologies that were against their sincerely held beliefs. Today, the Court reversed the Abood case and struck down forced union fees for public sector unions.


Kennedy’s Retirement and the Future

Jun 27, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Kennedy's Retirement and the Future
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced today that he will retire from the High Court effective July 31, 2018.

In a letter to President Donald Trump, Kennedy wrote: “For a member of the legal profession, it is the highest of honors to serve on this Court. Please permit me by this letter to express my profound gratitude for having had the privilege to seek in each case how best to know, interpret and defend the Constitution and the laws that must always conform to its mandates and promises.”