AFLC Month in Review: May 2012


It has been another blessed month for the American Freedom Law Center as we continue to fight every day for your faith and freedom in the courtrooms, the legislative halls, and in the public square. When we founded AFLC, we chose Isaiah 40:31 for our inspiration. This Scripture verse reminds us, “They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar as with eagles’ wings.”  It also tells us that those who place their hope in the Lord will run and not grow weary; walk and will not be faint. We have incorporated this inspiration into our logo as well.  And it is fitting that the eagle is the symbol of America and the freedom it represents.

As you can see from our “monthly” updates, we are working tirelessly to fight for your Judeo-Christian values. And, as a nonprofit law firm, we are trusting in the Lord that generous and patriotic Americans like you will support our work with a tax-deductible donation [You can make a secure, online donation here].

Here is an update of some of AFLC’s accomplishments for this month:

  • Filed a lengthy motion in CAIR v. Gaubatz, the case in which AFLC is representing the Center for Security Policy (CSP) and several of its employees against a lawsuit brought by CAIR as a result of an undercover documentary that was sponsored by CSP.  You can read more about that important motion and the case here.
  • Filed a lengthy opposition brief, a reply brief, and a court-requested supplemental brief in Northland Family Planning Clinic, Inc. v. Center for Bio-Ethical Reform, the case in which AFLC is representing the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform and several of its employees against a copyright infringement lawsuit brought by a Michigan-based abortion clinic.  The lawsuit was filed in federal court in California by one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the country.  You can read more about that case here.
  • AFLC Co-Founder & Senior Counsel Robert Muise is the lead attorney representing Tulsa Police Captain Paul Fields in Paul Campbell Fields v. City of Tulsa, the case in which Captain Fields was ordered to attend an Islamic proselytizing event, and when he refused, he was stripped of his command, punitively transferred, and suspended without pay for two weeks. Earlier this month, Muise spent a week in Tulsa, Oklahoma taking the depositions of the Chief of Police, the Deputy Chief of Police, and a representative from the Islamic Society of Tulsa.  He also defended Captain Fields during his deposition that week. In addition, AFLC helped prepare, coordinate, and serve important expert rebuttal reports. You can view those reports and read more about this case here.
  • Muise presented oral argument before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in John Satawa v. Macomb County Road Commission. In this case, Muise is seeking to restore Mr. Satawa’s 60-plus year family tradition of displaying a private nativity scene during the Christmas season on a public median in Macomb County, Michigan. The road commission ended the tradition when it ordered Mr. Satawa to remove his private nativity display in December 2008 after it had received a threatening letter from an atheist organization. You can read more about that case here.
  • AFLC also had a public policy victory this month in that the Governor of Kansas signed into law legislation that prohibited the application of foreign law, such as sharia, in state courts when doing so would violate a fundamental constitutional right.  This legislation is modeled after the American Laws for American Courts (ALAC) legislation drafted by AFLC Co-Founder & Senior Counsel David Yerushalmi.  You can read more about this victory here.
  • AFLC was also honored to have received a humbling and generous endorsement from a real American hero: LtCol Jeffrey Chessani, USMC (Ret.).  You can read that endorsement here.

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As always, we thank you for your prayers and support.  May God bless you, and may God continue to bless America.