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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SPLC Pays Millions for False Propaganda

Jun 18, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

SPLC Pays Millions for False Propaganda
MONTGOMERY, AL - The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has agreed to pay a $3.375 million settlement as the result of a demand from Islamic reformer Maajid Nawaz and his organization, the Quilliam Foundation, for the inclusion on SPLC’s now-defunct list, “Field Guide to Anti-Muslim Extremists.”


US Protects Unborn Children at OAS

Jun 15, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

US Protects Unborn Children at OAS
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. diplomats from the Trump administration successfully reversed a trend to liberalize abortion laws throughout the region at the 48th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) last week.


Florida Censors Counseling for Minors

Jun 14, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Florida Censors Counseling for Minors
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - Liberty Counsel has filed suit in federal court against the City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County for their adoption of City Ordinance 5407 and County Ordinance 2017-046, which prohibit minors in Boca Raton and Palm Beach County from receiving voluntary counseling from licensed professionals to reduce or eliminate their unwanted same-sex attractions, behaviors or gender confusion.


DOJ Protects Places of Worship

Jun 14, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

DOJ Protects Places of Worship, Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the “Place to Worship Initiative,” which will focus on protecting the ability of houses of worship and other religious institutions to build, expand, buy, or rent facilities-as provided by the land use provisions of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).

RLUIPA is a federal law that protects religious institutions from unduly burdensome or discriminatory land use regulations. Specifically, RLUIPA bars land use regulations that impose a substantial burden on religious exercise without a compelling justification, requires governments to treat houses of worship as favorably as nonreligious assemblies, and bars governments from discriminating among religions and from totally or unreasonably excluding houses of worship.


Fighting Child Trafficking

Jun 13, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Fighting Child Trafficking
ST. PAUL, MN - Mary McAlister, Senior Litigation Counsel for Liberty Counsel, and Liberty Law Professor Dr. Judith Reisman will present a plenary session and a workshop regarding the sexual exploitation of children at the JuST (Juvenile Sex Trafficking) Faith Summit June 20-22 at Bethel University.
 
The JuST Conference series, a sequence of events hosted by Shared Hope International, includes speakers, thought leaders, and individuals passionate about activism, who provide practical knowledge and actionable responses to raise awareness with the goal to end child sex trafficking in local communities. Approximately 400 pastors, leaders of faith-based organizations, and individuals seeking to fight this heinous crime in their communities are expected to attend.


AL Justice Parker’s Free Speech Victory

Jun 12, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

AL Justice Parker's Free Speech Victory
MONTGOMERY, AL - The Alabama federal district court entered a permanent injunction in favor of Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker and against the Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) barring the use of judicial ethics canons to censor judges’ public comments. The JIC has been ordered to pay $100,000.00 compensation to Liberty Counsel for legal fees.


CA Bill Assaults Foster Children

Jun 11, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

CA Bill Assaults Foster Children
SACRAMENTO, CA - The California bill AB 2119, which forces puberty-blocking drugs and “sex change” operations on foster children, will go to the Senate Human Services Committee tomorrow.

AB 2119 mandates that foster children with gender dysphoria can only be treated with puberty blocking drugs, “sex change” operations and counseling that affirms their gender confusion. The bill specifically prohibits any individual from “subjecting a foster child or non-minor dependent to any treatment, intervention, or conduct that seeks to change the foster child’s or non-minor dependent’s gender identity.”


CA Bill Assaults Freedom

Jun 5, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

CA Bill Assaults Freedom
SACRAMENTO, CA - The California bill AB 2943, which declares certain kinds of speech as consumer fraud, will go to the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 12, 2018. This will be the only committee hearing with opportunities for public testimonies before going to the Appropriations Committee and then to the state Senate for a vote.


Victory for Colorado Cake Case

Jun 4, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Victory for Colorado Cake Case
WASHINGTON, D.C. -  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 today in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a historic case that protects the right to free exercise of religion against the LGBT “sexual orientation” law that was being used to force a Christian baker to violate his conscience. The Court ruled that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the neutrality required by the First Amendment by making disparaging comments against Jack Phillips’ religious beliefs regarding same-sex “marriage.” Jack Philips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, refused to use his artistic talents and expression to promote a same-sex ceremony.


AL Justice Parker Defeats SPLC in Free Speech Victory

May 31, 2018 — Liberty Counsel


MONTGOMERY, AL - The Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission (JIC) has agreed to settle Liberty Counsel’s lawsuit on behalf of Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker with a permanent injunction, which will bar the use of judicial ethics canons to censor judges’ public comments. The JIC will also pay $100,000.00 compensation to Liberty Counsel for legal fees.


Faith Leaders Object to Subpoena

May 31, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Faith Leaders Object to Subpoena
WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Liberty Counsel filed an objection to a staggering subpoena from Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund (Lambda Legal), which represents the Human Rights Campaign and other plaintiffs in the case of Karnoski v. Trump. The objection to the subpoena was filed by Liberty Counsel on behalf of Dr. Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Springdale and The Church at Pinnacle Hills, and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. Floyd and Perkins have been targeted by these activists for simply participating in President Trump’s Evangelical Executive Advisory Board,  which the president established to understand the concerns of Christians and receive counseling on a wide range of issues.


High Court Continues Pro-life Law

May 29, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

High Court Continues Pro-life Law
The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order today that allows a 2015 Arkansas law requiring individuals who prescribe abortion drugs to have a partnership with a local doctor who agrees to treat emergency situations and has medical admitting privileges at a local hospital. This law allows a mother to experience seamless care when urgent, life-threatening complications arise from an abortion. The Supreme Court refused to take an appeal from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which reversed a federal district judge’s preliminary injunction against the law because of a lack of evidence, or even an estimate, of the number of people the law would cause to delay, or not have, an abortion.


WH Proposal Blocks Abortion Funding

May 18, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

WH Proposal Blocks Abortion Funding
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Trump administration is filing a proposal today to block facilities from receiving federal dollars for family planning if they are housed in the same building with organizations that provide abortions like Planned Parenthood.


CA Assisted Suicide Struck Down

May 16, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

CA Assisted Suicide Struck Down
SACRAMENTO, CA —Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia has overturned California’s law legalizing assisted suicide and ruled it was illegally passed during a special session devoted to other topics.

Judge Ottolia indicated the End of Life Option Act was improperly passed during a special session that was supposed to address Medicaid funding shortfalls, services for the disabled and in-home health support services. The judge ruled that the state legislature should not have approved the assisted suicide law because the subject of the law fell outside the grounds of the special session. However, Judge Ottolia is holding his judgement for five days which allows the state to file an emergency appeal, something California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who says he strongly disagrees with the ruling, says he plans to do.


US Embassy Opens Today in Jerusalem

May 14, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

US Embassy Opens Today in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - The new U.S. Embassy opened today in Jerusalem to coincide with the 70th anniversary of when David Ben Gurion announced the establishment of the Jewish state and Israel took its place among the nations on May 14, 1948. The official plaque now hangs on a consular office building at an existing U.S. facility that handles passports and visas in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood.




Shocking Curriculum in AZ Schools

May 11, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Shocking Curriculum in AZ Schools
TUCSON, AZ - Liberty Counsel represents concerned parents and residents against the implementation of a harmful curriculum under the guise of sex-ed in the Sunnyside Unified School District in Tucson. The material is not age appropriate, violates Arizona law, is not medically accurate and promotes harmful sexual behavior to K-12 grade children.

Advocates for Youth drafted the “Rights, Respect, Responsibility” curriculum, known as the 3Rs, and is featured prominently throughout the material as a “resource.” A partner of Planned Parenthood, Advocates for Youth takes the following position regarding minor girls or young women and abortion: “Young women need the right to safe and legal abortion. But many states place barriers on young women’s access by requiring parental notification or even consent…United States policies contribute to an anti-choice climate and limit young women’s access to abortion. No young woman, anywhere, should be forced to seek out an illegal, dangerous procedure or carry a pregnancy she didn’t want to term.”


Investigation Begins for NY AG

May 10, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Investigation Begins for NY AG
BROOKLYN, NY - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the appointment of Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas as the special prosecutor and special deputy attorney general to investigate abuse allegations against former state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Cuomo called for a “complete and unbiased investigation” and said Singas should “investigate, and if warranted, prosecute, any and all matters concerning the public allegations against Mr. Schneiderman, as reflected in The New Yorker article.”

Schneiderman resigned after serious allegations that he physically abused four women and tried to use his position to intimidate them into silence, according to The New Yorker. The women described being slapped and choked, verbally abused and threatened by Schneiderman.


Defending Students’ Free Speech

May 7, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Defending Students' Free Speech
ORLANDO, FL - Every spring, atheists and other secular thinkers 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. Already, Liberty Counsel is helping a school create a policy that will protect religious freedom and allow constitutionally protected prayer.


Teacher Pushes LGBT on Students

Apr 30, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

Teacher Pushes LGBT on Students
TAVARES, FL —A 14-year-old male eighth grader at Tavares Middle School in Lake County, Florida brought home a printed note last Friday, given to him by his teacher, encouraging him to participate in the “Day of Silence.” GLSEN, which stands for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, designated Friday, April 27 as “a student-led national event where folks take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ people at school.”


CA Bill Bans the Bible

Apr 26, 2018 — Liberty Counsel

CA Bill Bans the Bible
SACRAMENTO, CA - A California bill is so broad that it bans books, printed materials and advertisements that provide information that a person facing unwanted same-sex attractions or gender confusion can change. AB 2943 declares “advertising, offering to engage in, or engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with an individual” is fraudulent business practice.