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Jay Sekulow is famous for securing religious rights!

Jay Sekulow is a prominent name in the law practices associated with religious liberty and civil rights. He is popular for fighting on behalf of those in legal jeopardy and helps them secure religious harmony and liberty. As a civil attorney, Jay has been active since the year 1978 till present.

He is the Chief Counsel for ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) and hosts shows both on radio network as well as television. Mr. Sekulow is known for arguing on key issues associated with first amendment. He has been involved in a number of cases that grabbed media attention.

Mr. Sekulow served as the counsel to Mary and Robert Schindler during the controversy that involved their daughter Terri Schiavo. Another famous case involved him arguing on the behalf of some anti-abortion activists who were claimed to be violating a statute after carrying out demonstrations in front of abortion clinics. For more information visit here

Jay Sekulow - The man whose mission is to protect religious liberty!

Since many years, Mr. Jay Sekulow has been fighting for people's right and it’s due to his sheer efforts that word about his mission to protect religious liberty not just spread out in the United States, but outreached internationally.

Christians had to face racial discrimination, violence and injustice because of practicing their faith. Mr. Jay Sekulow stood up for them and made various contributions to protect their rights. For almost 12 times, he argued in front of the Supreme Court and successfully made several landmark changes.

For the achievements that Mr. Jay Sekulow made during his legal career, he was honored with various awards and recognitions. A few of those recognitions include Townhall magazine named Jay Sekulow in their Townhall of Fame as one of the top lawyers for religious freedom in the United States, Legal Times named him as The 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years and Time magazine named him as one of the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals. Full information at here

Jay Sekulow - The Name that Needs no Introduction

Jay Sekulow is one of the most renowned lawyers of the world who have taken praiseworthy initiatives to protect rights of people. As a passionate attorney, he has presented several cases in the Supreme Court and has achieved victory in all of them.

Apart from this, he holds respectful position in the society as he has made valuable contribution in making necessary amendments in the constitution so that people can live an easy life that is free from miseries and troubles.

The way he has presented himself on the behalf of the people is commendable. He is a lawyer who has passion for protecting religious rights of the people.

He is not only a reputed attorney but also very popular on television. He has hosted numerous shows on television and radio to provide the best possible legal advice to individuals who are facing issues in living a free life. Read more at here

ACLJ Tells House Committee IRS Harassment and Abuse Still Ongoing - Lawsuit to be Filed Next Week Against IRS

(Washington, DC) - The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents 27 Tea Party organizations unlawfully targeted by the Internal Revenue Service, today told a House committee that harassment and abuse is still ongoing, with 10 organizations still facing investigation by a politically-motivated IRS. The ACLJ is preparing a lawsuit to be filed against the IRS next week. Further, the IRS has refused to respond to a demand letter giving the agency until today to approve the tax-exempt status for the ACLJ's pending clients.

“The unlawful and unconstitutional conduct of the IRS will be addressed in a lawsuit to be filed next week in federal court,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “The IRS has refused to respond to our demand letter and has failed to approve the tax-exempt status of 10 of our clients, which are still being targeted and investigated even after the IRS admitted to the corrupt conduct. One of our clients received a follow-up IRS questionnaire seeking more intrusive information just days ago. We applaud the efforts underway in Congress to get to the bottom of what happened - to find out who knew what about this scandal and when. Specifically, we're grateful to the House Ways and Means Committee for today's hearing – the first of many – to put a spotlight on the abhorrent conduct exhibited by the IRS."

The ACLJ provided written testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee today, which is posted here.

“The IRS, as well as this Administration, needs to understand that all Americans are now aware of this unconstitutional targeting of American’s First Amendment rights and demand that it cease immediately,” the ACLJ writes. “Only transparency and accountability to the Congress and the American public will root out corruption in the IRS.”

Sekulow said a federal lawsuit will be filed next week on behalf of a number of conservative organizations. “The lawsuit will name as defendants the Department of Treasury, the IRS, and government officials,” said Sekulow. “It will focus on constitutional issues as well damages incurred by the organizations. We will represent a number of our clients, including groups that have received tax-exempt status and groups that are still pending. We also will represent new clients that have approached us since the IRS admitted to its intimidation strategy.”

In the demand letter sent to the IRS calling for the approval of the tax-exempt status of the 10 organizations by today or face legal action, the ACLJ also noted that the IRS not only violated its own rules and regulations but "failed miserably" – noting that the "growing mistrust of the IRS is the inevitable (and totally understandable) result of its unwise actions."
 
The ACLJ represents 27 Tea Party organizations targeted by the IRS. Fifteen have received tax-exempt status. Ten are still pending and two other organizations withdrew because of frustration with the IRS.
 
Despite the assertion by the IRS that this scheme originated with a couple of rogue agents out of the Cincinnati office, the fact is that the ACLJ’s clients have received letters from Cincinnati, but also from two offices in California, El Monte and Laguna Niguel as well as the national office in Washington, D.C. In fact, the Washington office sent a letter to one of our clients as recently as one month ago.

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, is based in Washington, D.C.


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Jay Sekulow - A real fighter in the immigration business!

Not everyone can stand up for people’s right. There are only a few noble people, who can actually raise their voice to the world and ensure that people get what they deserve.

As we all know, religious discrimination is one major concern in today's time and there are only few people who do not bother about their financial concerns and come on the forefront to help all those needy people who are oppressed on the basis of religion.

One such person who has fought for people’s right is Mr. Jay Sekulow. He is the man who has worked for various distinguished religious litigation matters that has helped many troubled people.

Apart from fighting for people’s rights in court, Mr. Jay Sekulow has also spread awareness amongst the commoners via television and radio shows, regarding the changing legal strategies and injustice caused. Read more information at here

ACLJ Calls IRS Apology for Targeting Tea Party Groups "Significant Victory for Free Speech and Freedom of Association"

(Washington, DC) - The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which represents nearly 30 Tea Party organizations nationwide against an assault by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), called today’s apology by the IRS a "significant victory for free speech and freedom of association."

The ACLJ began representing Tea Party groups after the IRS launched an effort to intimidate Tea Party organizations by demanding information that is outside the scope of legitimate inquiry and violated the First Amendment. The IRS demanded that groups reveal the internal workings of their organizations - including the identification of members, how they are selected, who they associate with, and even what they discuss.

Today, the Associated Press reported that Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, issued an apology and said that practice was initiated by low-level workers in Cincinnati and inappropriately focused on groups that included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their applications for tax-exempt status, singling them out for additional reviews. Today, she said the practice was wrong and should not have occurred.

“We knew from the very start that this intimidation tactic was coordinated and focused directly on specific organizations,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “This admission by the IRS represents a significant victory for free speech and freedom of association. There was never any doubt that these organizations complied with the law and applied for tax exempt status for their activities as Americans have done for decades. And for the many tax-exempt groups we represent, this is an important day – and underscores the need to stand-up and defend your constitutional freedoms.”

The ACLJ represents 27 groups in more than 17 states across the country. To date, 15 groups have been granted tax-exempt status by the IRS, the others are pending and no organization has been denied.

“The IRS admission and apology should have come much sooner,” said Sekulow. “It took the threat of legal action to get the IRS to make this admission. And while many of the organizations we represent have finally been granted tax-exempt status, we demand the IRS immediately approve the pending applications for the remainder of our clients.”

The ACLJ said the IRS information demands sent to the Tea Party groups are not in response to complaints of wrongdoing, but instead in response to applications by the organizations for 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) tax exempt status.

Sekulow, who served as a trial lawyer with the Office of the Chief Counsel for the IRS earlier in his career, said many of the questions were simply inappropriate and fall well outside the scope of legitimate IRS inquiry. A sampling of the problematic questions are posted here.

The ACLJ also called for Congressional oversight hearings on this issue. The ACLJ has heard from more than 50,000 Americans urging Congress to conduct hearings concerning the IRS actions in this matter.

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, is based in Washington, D.C.

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ACLJ Calls on Defense Secretary to Cut Ties with Anti-Christian Extremist Used by Pentagon as Advisor on Religious Tolerance

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which defends religious freedom and the constitution, urged the Secretary of Defense today to cut ties with an anti-Christian extremist whom the Pentagon is using to provide advice on crafting policies on religious tolerance for the armed forces. In a letter to Secretary Chuck Hagel, the ACLJ argues that the views of Mikey Weinstein of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) “do not comport with Supreme Court opinions on permissibly religious expression” and urges Secretary Hagel to discontinue using him as a consultant on religious tolerance.

“Mikey Weinstein’s beliefs and statements are not only offensive, but clearly represent the vehement intolerance that our military should reject,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “To use him as an advisor in crafting policy for religious tolerance is absurd. Without question, he’s among the world's worst candidates to advise Pentagon officials on religious matters. This extremist has no business advising the Pentagon on any matters – much less the critically important need to protect the religious freedom of our men and women serving in the military.

Weinstein has a long track record of using pejorative language to describe Christians – including words and phrases like “monsters,” “pitiable unconstitutional carpetbaggers,” “bigots,” “stuck pigs,” “evil,” “hate groups,” and “die-hard enemies of the Constitution.”

Weinstein says that Christians exercising their faith in the military “is a national security threat. What is happening … is spiritual rape. And what the Pentagon needs to understand is that it is sedition and treason. It should be punished.”

He also says, “We are fighting the Christian version of the Taliban.”  “We’re fighting Al Qaeda. We’re fighting the Taliban, and we’re turning our own military into that exact same thing.”

In the letter, which is posted here, the ACLJ argues:

“While he claims to be in pursuit of religious tolerance, he readily defames those who disagree with him and accuses them of all manner of evil activities. In truth, Mr. Weinstein's disagreement is with the beliefs held by those he targets, beliefs that he frequently misunderstands and misstates and beliefs he periodically mocks.”

By providing consultative services to the Pentagon, the ACLJ notes that: “In effect, Mr. Weinstein is demanding that the Pentagon adopt his position on what theological beliefs, expression, and conduct are acceptable.”

The ACLJ specifically calls on Secretary Hagel to cut ties with Weinstein immediately:

“In light of the facts and law presented above, it is clear that Mr. Weinstein and the MRFF do not represent views or pursue policies that enhance religious tolerance. Mr. Weinstein advocates extreme positions which he defends with intemperate and ill-considered arguments. He is an extremist who sees constitutional violations where none exist. He is the last person who should be consulted in developing a balanced policy on religious expression in the armed forces of the United States.”

In addition to the letter, the ACLJ has heard from more than 65,000 Americans who are calling on the Obama Administration to end its relationship with Weinstein.

Led by ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice is headquartered in Washington, D.C.


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ACLJ & 190K Americans Urge Court to Dismiss Atheist Suit Challenging Ground Zero Cross

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which focuses on constitutional law, today filed an amicus brief on behalf of more than 190,000 Americans urging a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an atheist organization that is trying to remove a cross memorial at The National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. The cross is fashioned by two intersecting steel beams that survived the Twin Towers' collapse on 9/11.

"The legal arguments of the atheist organization are both offensive and absurd," said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. "We've heard from more than 190,000 Americans who support the Ground Zero cross and understand that this symbol provides hope and comfort for a nation that survived the tragic attacks of September 11th. We're confident the court will reject the flawed arguments challenging this cross and determine that this memorial is not only constitutional, but an appropriate exhibit for the museum."

American Atheists filed a federal suit claiming the cross is unconstitutional. They assert they are suffering both physical and emotional damages from the mere existence of the cross, resulting in headaches, indigestion, even mental pain.

In the amicus brief filed today in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the ACLJ contends the decision to include the cross is a permissible exercise of free speech and does not represent a violation of the Establishment Clause.

The brief contends: "Plaintiffs’ lawsuit represents a dangerous and unprecedented attempt to literally rewrite history and cleanse the record of a historically significant artifact. In the days and weeks following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the challenged World Trade Center Cross (the “Cross”) had a widely documented and positive effect on the First Responders at the Ground Zero site. It is entirely appropriate and lawful for the curators of a museum to acknowledge the Cross’s actual, historic role by placing it in the September 11 Memorial Museum."

In urging the court to dismiss the suit, the ACLJ concludes that "a museum – public or private – has the academic freedom to display religiously-themed artifacts of historical or artistic significance." In its brief, posted here, the ACLJ represents itself and more than 190,000 Americans who signed on to the Committee to Protect the Ground Zero Cross.

Led by Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the American Center for Law and Justice is based in Washington, D.C.

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ACLJ asks Federal Court to Block HHS Mandate for St. Louis Company

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a pro-life legal organization that focuses on constitutional law, today urged a federal court to grant a preliminary injunction which would halt the enforcement of a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that violates the religious beliefs of a Missouri business owner.  The ACLJ filed a federal lawsuit in March against the HHS challenging the mandate, which requires employers to purchase health insurance for their employees that include coverage for contraceptives, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs.

The ACLJ represents Frank R. O'Brien and O'Brien Industrial Holdings, LLC (OIH) - a holding company based in St. Louis, Missouri. O'Brien is chairman of OIH which operates a number of businesses that explore, mine, and process refractory and ceramic raw materials, with its products going to more than 40 countries. The company faces a January 1, 2013 deadline to have a new health care policy in place for his 87 employees.

“We’re asking the Court to intervene right now because in a very short time our client, Frank O'Brien, will be faced with a choice no government has the right to impose on him: abandon his business, or abandon his beliefs,” said Francis J. Manion, Senior Counsel of the ACLJ who is representing O’Brien. “The HHS mandate is an unprecedented attack on the religious liberty of millions of Americans. It’s a clear violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the First Amendment. We are asking the Court to intervene and enjoin the government from continuing to suppress the liberty of Frank O'Brien and his company to run their business in a manner consistent with their religious beliefs.”

In its motion asking the court to grant a preliminary injunction in the case, the ACLJ contends that O’Brien is likely to succeed on the merits of the lawsuit and urges the court to grant the business an exemption to the mandate while the case is litigated.

As Manion put it: “The same government that wants to coerce O'Brien into violating his beliefs is, at the same, exempting millions of other employers from complying with the mandate. This is not only unfair but unconstitutional as well."

“The government has no right to decide which religious believers are ‘religious’ enough to qualify for an exemption from the HHS mandate. Our constitution and laws do not give HHS Secretary Sebelius or any other official the power to start handing out ‘Seals of Government-Approved Godliness’.”

O'Brien, a Catholic, says his religious beliefs provide the framework for the operation of his businesses. The company website states the OIH mission “is to make our labor a pleasing offering to the Lord while enriching our families and society.” OIH’s statement of the company's values begins with the following: “Integrity. Our conduct is guided by the Golden Rule and the Ten Commandments. We will not discriminate based on anyone's personal belief system.”

Calling the mandate a “constitutional and statutory train wreck” – the ACLJ urges the court to grant preliminary injunctive relief “in order to allow O’Brien and OIH to be able to run their business in a manner consistent with the religious values and beliefs that have shaped the company from its start.”

The motion requesting the preliminary injunction is posted here. The federal lawsuit filed in March is available here.

The lawsuit names as defendants, the Department of Health and Human Services and Secretary Sebelius; the Department of the Treasury and Secretary Geithner; and the Department of Labor and Secretary Solis. The ACLJ is being assisted in this lawsuit by the Fidelis Center for Law and Policy, a Chicago-based educational and advocacy group.

Led by ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow, the ACLJ is based in Washington, D.C.


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Jay Sekulow has unmatched passion for protecting religious liberty!

Mr. Jay Sekulow is the Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), one of the most prestigious law firms in the U.S. that was founded to defend constitutional and religious rights. As a counselor, a scholar, and a litigator, Mr. Sekulow, over the past 25 years, has presented arguments on 12 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

As a lawyer, Jay Sekulow has successfully secured the rights of religious liberty and constitutional freedom including “The Right to pass through tracks for religious groups in airports”, “The right to establish prayer groups and Bible clubs in public school campus by students”, “ The right to access public facilities in churches on equality basis”, and others.

His work exceeds national boundaries through his legal firms including The European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ), The African Center for Law and Justice in Zimbabwe, The Slavic Center of Law and Justice (SCLJ) in Moscow, and The East African Center for Law and Justice in Kenya.

Besides all this, Mr. Sekulow regularly appears on various medical outlets including CNN, FOX News, NBC, MSNBC, and CBS.

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