Federal Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, sitting in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, will be hearing oral argument on Monday in the American Freedom Law Center’s (AFLC) challenge to the recently announced regulations enforcing the Obamacare contraceptive services mandate against religious organizations. The mandate forces certain non-exempt religious employers to authorize coverage for contraception, abortion-inducing drugs, and sterilization services to the participants and beneficiaries of their healthcare plans, which AFLC contends is a violation of the constitutional right to religious freedom and of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
As President Obama continues to face intense scrutiny from both ends of the political spectrum and from the American people at large for his broken promise that Americans who like their healthcare plan may keep it under the new Obamacare regulations, recent legal documents from the Obama administration have blown open – and confirmed media reports – that the administration knew all along that millions of Americans would lose their “grandfather” protection by 2013.
On November 6, the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) for rejecting a proposed advertisement for display on its advertising spaces that supported Israel in the debate over the Israeli / Palestinian conflict. The advertisement stated: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat jihad.” MBTA officials claimed that the advertisement was “disparaging” and “demeaning.”
CASE UPDATE (December 4, 2013): Federal Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton, sitting in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, will be hearing oral argument on AFLC’s motion on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. ET.
On October 7, the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against King County, Washington, for refusing to run an anti-terrorism advertisement that displayed photographs of global terrorists from the FBI’s most wanted list. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle on behalf of the advertisement’s sponsors, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and its co-founders, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer.
CASE UPDATE (October 27, 2013): AFLC filed an opposition to King County's motion to stay litigation until the court rules on AFLC's motion for a preliminary injunction. Read more.
CASE UPDATE (October 10, 2013): AFLC filed a motion for preliminary injunction, asking the federal court in Seattle, Washington, to order the King County transit authorities to display the advertisement immediately, pending the outcome of the litigation.