We've been fighting for religious liberty and the freedom to worship since our founding. It's our first and arguably, most precious natural right. The American Constitutional Rights Union filed an amicus brief in support of Coach Joe Kennedy, who lost his teaching job because he knelt and said a quiet prayer by himself after a football game ended. The Ninth Circuit noted that, because Coach Kennedy taught and coached football at a public high school, his prayer was government speech that has no First Amendment protection and that, even if his prayer was private, the City would violate the Establishment Clause if it allowed the prayer to continue. It is truly appalling that government expects an individual to turn off their deeply-held spiritual beliefs when they report for work at a public establishment. It is beyond shocking that our courts are upholding this attack on one of our most fundamental natural rights, the freedom to practice religion. Should public employees have to choose between their faith and a job?” We applaud the Supreme Court of the United States for doing its job and deciding in favor of Coach Joe Kennedy to exercise his freedom of religious beliefs. This is what a constitutionalist Supreme Court is all about. Please join us to continue the fight to protect the core values of our great Constitutional Republic.
As the Executive Director of the American Constitutional Rights Union, I commend the US Supreme Court once again for ruling on the side of the Constitution and individual rights. The Coach Kennedy case was a secular humanist and progressive socialist challenge to our very first liberty, the freedom of religion and the free exercise thereof. Coach Kennedy's actions of taking a knee in prayer after HS football games was a personal right. He did not advocate for or seek any state, government, endorsement, nor coerce anyone to enjoin with him. We have distorted the concept of Separation of Church and State, written by Thomas Jefferson in his letter to the Danbury (CT) Baptist convention. Solemn, silent, and solitary individual prayer by anyone in any venue is not a sponsorship of government religion. It is a sacred part of our Judeo-Christian faith heritage which should not be separated from any American citizen.
The ACRU, in partnership with Advancing American Freedom, Young America’s Foundation, Alliance Defending Freedom, and 68 other organizations, filed an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court of the United States in support of religious liberty in the case of JOSEPH A. KENNEDY v.BREMERTON SCHOOL DISTRICT.
The Founding Fathers recognized freedom of expression and religious liberty as core elements of diversity and tolerance. Now, nearly 250 years later, Congress is acting to stamp them out, ushering in a new era of government-sanctioned anti-religious bigotry.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has ordered the early release of inmates while unleashing health departments to threaten the closure of churches, citing COVID health concerns.
It seems that Maryland churches are being targeted by Maryland healthcare department crisis tyrants. ACRU President Lori Roman, and a Maryland pastor targeted by the local health department, explain why this is an abrogation of everyone's rights.
Texas AG Ken Paxton has sent a letter to the liberal Cameron County judge and health officials who are demanding faith-based schools stay closed. Paxton’s letter reminds them (we are paraphrasing) that the Constitution is still the law of the land and that religious freedom still extends to religious schools.
Many people of faith want to get back to church, and some are too worried about COVID to attend in person. Both are Constitutionally protected choices. After California Gov. Newsom decided worshippers couldn’t sing, but rioters could “protest,” Sun Valley Community Church Pastor John MacArthur sued the Governor, State AG and LA Mayor over their anti-indoor service restrictions. A judge familiar with our first freedoms sided with the faithful.
Last week the Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious liberty for the Little Sisters of the Poor and Our Lady of Guadalupe School. One decision upheld the right of religious groups to be exempt from providing contraceptive and the abortion coverage, and the other confirmed that faith based schools can make faith based hiring decisions. Meanwhile, in China, its government blocked three US congressmen and an ambassador from entry because they stand firm on religious liberty.
Chief Justice John Roberts ruled this week that religious gatherings have the same constitutional protections as football games or Who concerts and therefore state governments CAN limit access to worship. The Chief Justice sided with the 4 leftist judges to reach this conclusion. We wish we were making this up. This has left us gasping in surprise, but not giving up - EVER - on defending your first freedom to worship.