During the 2012 Arab International Festival held this past June in Dearborn, Michigan, a group of Christian evangelists were pelted with stones, bottles, and debris by Muslim youths while deputies from the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office stood idly by, allowing the criminal assault to take place. Many of the Christians were bloodied by the attack. When Ruben Israel, the leader of the Christian group, asked the law enforcement officers present to step in and enforce the criminal law so that the Christians could exercise their right to freedom of speech, Israel was given the option of either leaving the festival or facing arrest. Watch the shocking video of the incident here:
Israel retained the legal services of the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), a national, nonprofit public interest law firm that specializes in defending the free speech rights of Christians.
On June 28, the United States Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in a 5 to 4 decision, with Chief Justice Roberts siding with the liberal wing of the Court in what can only be described as a political decision. In a strange twist, the Court upheld the individual mandate under Congress’ taxing and spending power, holding that the “penalty” for not purchasing insurance was actually a tax. Accordingly, the Court, through the opinion of Chief Justice Roberts, did not sustain the individual mandate as a command to buy healthcare insurance pursuant to the Commerce Clause, but as a “tax” pursuant to Congress’ taxing and spending power if they didn’t. This conclusion is remarkable because Congress called it a “penalty” and not a tax, and President Obama insisted throughout that it was not a tax.
On June 15, 2012, District Court Judge James V. Selna, sitting in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (Santa Ana), ruled in favor of the California-based Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, Inc. (CBR), a pro-life organization, and its executive director Gregg Cunningham and several other pro-lifers who were sued for copyright infringement by Northland Family Planning Clinic, a Michigan-based abortion provider. CBR and the other pro-life defendants were represented by American Freedom Law Center (AFLC) Co-Founders and Senior Counsel Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the abortion clinic by Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, the largest intellectual property law firm in the United States.
The American Freedom Law Center, through Senior Counsel Robert Muise and David Yerushalmi, have petitioned the full court (en banc) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to review a decision rendered by a three-judge panel which held that a federal taxpayer lacked “standing” to challenge the constitutionality of the federal government’s use of taxpayer funds to support sharia.