AFLC is pleased to report to you each month our significant activities and accomplishments, all of which are made possible by your generous support. Here are the highlights for September 2013:
- On September 4, AFLC filed its response in opposition to a Detroit area transit agency’s (SMART) motion for summary judgment, arguing that the factual record developed through discovery and SMART’s contorted and inconsistent arguments reveal that SMART’s restriction on our clients’ proposed “Leaving Islam?” advertisement clearly violated the Constitution. On September 17, AFLC filed its reply brief in support of its motion for summary judgment.
- In a free speech victory, a Michigan state circuit court judge issued a final order dismissing with prejudice a notorious pro-abortion politician’s frivolous defamation lawsuit against a young, pro-life mother for allegedly making defamatory comments about her in a campaign video. AFLC forced the dismissal by arguing that the allegations were baseless and nothing more than a politically-motivated attack.
- In a YouTube video that has since gone viral, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel Robert Muise responded to critics of AFLC’s public policy initiative, American Laws for American Courts (ALAC), which is model legislation that was drafted by AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel David Yerushalmi. The video has become so influential that that the state director of Act for America! in Texas plans to distribute a DVD copy to each of the 150 state legislators.
- On September 18, Muise presented oral argument in New York federal court in opposition to a motion to dismiss AFLC’s federal civil rights lawsuit filed against several officials from The State University of New York (SUNY-Buffalo) for violating the free speech rights of a pro-life group on the university’s campus. Earlier in the month (September 3), AFLC filed its response to the defendants’ motion.
- On September 19, AFLC filed a motion for a preliminary injunction in D.C. federal court, asking the court to halt the enforcement of the recently announced regulations enforcing the Obamacare contraceptive services mandate against religious organizations. AFLC filed the motion on behalf of Priests for Life and several of its employees, including its National Director, Fr. Frank Pavone.
- On September 23, Muise gave a speech at the “Kickoff Rally” for “40 Days for Life” in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Muise discussed the importance of fighting for a “Culture of Life” in America.
- On September 23, AFLC Co-Founder and Senior Counsel David Yerushalmi joined Tom Trento of the United West to discuss AFLC’s groundbreaking report of CAIR’s global criminal money laundering operation out of their D.C. offices, in which CAIR has received millions of dollars from oil-rich Gulf Arabs, the same sources who were also financing the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- In a recent a report published by CAIR that purported to identify dozens of organizations “dedicated to promoting anti-Islam prejudice in America,” AFLC and its Co-Founders and Senior Counsel Yerushalmi and Muise were listed as being part of the “inner core” of the “Islamophobia network.”
- On September 26, Muise presented oral argument before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in defense of Tulsa, Oklahoma Police Captain Paul Fields, who was summarily punished for objecting on religious grounds to an order mandating officer attendance at an Islamic proselytizing event held at a local mosque.
- On September 30, the U.S. Supreme Court held a conference to consider whether to grant AFLC’s petition for a writ of certiorari, which asks the Court to review and reverse the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision that dismissed the case of Crystal Dixon, a former administrator at the University of Toledo, Ohio, who was wrongfully fired for expressing her personal views on homosexuality in an op-ed in a local newspaper.
Thank you for your support, past and present. May God bless you, and may God continue to bless America.