AFLC Month in Review: October 2013

October was another busy and productive month for the American Freedom Law Center (AFLC), all of which was made possible by your generousĀ support. Ā Here are some of the highlights:
  • On October 1, a federal magistrate judge issued a ā€œreport and recommendation,ā€ recommending thatĀ AFLCā€™s civil rights lawsuitĀ against several officials from theState University of New York at BuffaloĀ (SUNY-Buffalo) for permitting an unruly mob of protestors to purposely disrupt aĀ peaceful, pro-life demonstrationĀ on the universityā€™s campus proceed to discovery. Ā In his report, the federal judge recommended denying the motion to dismiss filed by the SUNY-Buffalo officials, who argued that the lawsuit failed to state a constitutional violation.
  • On October 2, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., denied the Department of Justiceā€™s (DOJ) request to stay litigation inĀ AFLCā€™s challengeĀ to the recently announced regulations enforcing theĀ Obamacare contraceptive services mandateĀ against religious organizations. Ā The DOJ requested a stay of litigation due to the lapse of appropriations as part of the partial government shutdown, but the judge ordered that the litigation must proceed.
  • On October 4, Senior Counsel Robert Muise spoke at theĀ Ave Maria Universityā€™s Founderā€™s ClubĀ meeting. Ā Muise gave a presentation titled, ā€œFighting for Faith and Freedom in America.ā€
  • On October 7, AFLC filed aĀ federal civil rights lawsuitĀ against King County, Washington, for refusing to run anĀ anti-terrorism advertisementĀ that displayed photographs of global terrorists from theĀ FBIā€™s most wanted list, claiming, among other things, that the advertisement was demeaning toward Muslims. Ā AFLC filed the lawsuit on behalf of the advertisementā€™s sponsors, theĀ American Freedom Defense InitiativeĀ (AFDI) and its co-founders,Ā Pamela GellerĀ andRobert Spencer. On October 9, AFLC filed a motion asking the court to force the County to display the advertisement immediately, pending the outcome of the litigation.
  • On October 17, Senior Counsel Robert Muise presented oral argument before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit inĀ AFLCā€™s defense of three studentsĀ who are challenging the constitutionality of aĀ California school districtā€™s ban on wearing American flag shirtsĀ to school on ā€œCinco de Mayo.ā€ Ā School officials claimed that they banned the studentsā€™ pro-American apparel out of concern that it would offend Mexican students on ā€œtheir day.ā€
  • On October 31, AFLC filed a lengthy brief in support of its motion for summary judgment and in opposition to the DOJā€™s motion to dismiss in theĀ Priests for Lifecase. Ā The government has until November 12 to file their final reply, which will complete the briefing in this important religious liberty case. Ā There may or may not be a hearing in November, but there will be a decision by the end of the year.
  • And the list goes on . . . .
Thank you for all of your support, past and present. Ā May God bless you, and may God continue to bless America!