AFLC Month in Review: March 2013

In recent weeks, the war against¬†marriage, religious freedom, and the¬†Second Amendment¬†has intensified as secular progressives ‚Äď led by Barack Obama ‚Äď charge ahead with their ultimate goal of destroying America and her Judeo-Christian values. ¬†In spite of these troubled times, the¬†American Freedom Law Center¬†(AFLC) remains undeterred in its defense of faith and freedom. ¬†Indeed, while the mainstream media reports that conservatives and Christian values have retreated during the last month, AFLC has gone on the¬†offensive, filing several major briefs in federal courts across the country and even in the U.S. Supreme Court. ¬†Accordingly, we are pleased to report to you AFLC‚Äôs significant activities for the month of March, all of which are made possible by your generous¬†support.
  • On March 7, AFLC filed a brief in the¬†U.S. Supreme Court¬†in support of its petition asking the high court to review the constitutionality of the federal “Hate Crimes Act.” ¬†An appellate court previously held that several Michigan pastors and a family values advocate lacked standing to challenge the constitutionality of the controversial federal law. ¬†Although the Supreme Court Justices declined review, to prevail below the Attorney General had to argue that the law would not criminalize our clients‚Äô speech. ¬†Indeed, AFLC was commended by several public leaders ‚Äď including Congressman Steve King (R-IA) ‚Äď for challenging this blatantly unconstitutional law. ¬†Read more about this case¬†here.
  • On March 11, AFLC filed its opening brief in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, Colorado in defense of¬†Captain Paul Fields, a Tulsa, Oklahoma police officer who was summarily punished for refusing to attend ‚Äď and refusing to assign officers under his command who shared his religious beliefs to attend ‚Äď a mandated Islamic proselytizing event held at a local mosque. ¬†The event included mosque tours, watching the weekly prayer service, and receiving presentations on Islamic beliefs. ¬†Read more about this case¬†here.
  • On March 14, AFLC filed a letter brief in its legal challenge of the¬†HHS “contraception” mandate¬†on behalf of¬†Priests for Life. ¬†This informative letter discussed why the federal government‚Äôs ‚Äúreligious employer‚ÄĚ exemption rule is insufficient and therefore does not protect the religious freedom of Priests for Life. ¬†Read more about this case¬†here.
  • Also on March 14, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel Robert Muise wrote a letter to the¬†Michigan House Judiciary Committee¬†in support of House Bill No. 4139, which would repeal Michigan‚Äôs archaic ‚Äúpeace bond‚ÄĚ statute. ¬†This statute is prone to abuse and has been used to silence the First Amendment rights of speakers who engage in unpopular speech. ¬†The bill to repeal the ‚Äúpeace bond‚ÄĚ statute is sponsored by¬†Rep. Tom McMillin¬†(R-Rochester Hills), an ardent supporter of our constitutional freedoms. ¬†Read the letter¬†here.
  • On March 25, AFLC filed a brief in support of its motion for a preliminary injunction, which seeks to protect the free speech rights of¬†Christian evangelists¬†who were threatened with arrest by Wayne County deputies for ‚Äúdisorderly conduct‚ÄĚ at the 2012 Dearborn, Michigan Arab Festival because an angry mob of Muslim counter-protestors engaged in violence in response to the Christians‚Äô protected speech. ¬†Read more about this case¬†here.
  • Throughout the month, AFLC took the depositions of several defendants in AFLC‚Äôs civil rights lawsuit filed on behalf of¬†four Christian missionarieswho were unlawfully arrested for preaching the Gospel to Muslims at the 2010 Dearborn Arab Festival. ¬†Among the deponents were several police officers involved in the incident as well as the¬†Mayor of Dearborn, John O‚ÄôReilly. ¬†Read more about this important case¬†here.
  • And the list goes on . . . .
Thank you for all of your support, past and present. May God continue to bless American and guide her in truth and liberty.