Month in Review – December 2014

American_FlagAs always, we are committed to keeping you informed of the important work we are doing.  Below are some of the highlights for December 2014.

*On December 1, AFLC announced that it filed a motion for a preliminary injunction asking a federal judge to order the New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to run a “Hamas Killing Jews” advertisement on MTA buses.  The motion followed on the heels of the filing of a federal civil rights lawsuit against the MTA after it refused to run the ad.

*On December 15, AFLC filed a petition for writ of certiorari, asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review and reverse a Ninth Circuit decision upholding a school district’s ban on the wearing of American flag shirts on a high school campus on Cinco de Mayo fearing that Mexican students might respond violently.

*On December 16, AFLC’s Co-Founders and Senior Counsel David Yerushalmi and Robert Muise appeared in federal court in Philadelphia.  During the hearing, Yerushalmi and Muise presented witness testimony and argument in support of AFLC’s motion for a preliminary injunction, which asks the court to order the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) to display an advertisement that states, in part, “Islamic Jew Hatred.  It’s in the Quran.”  Read more about the case here.

*On December 26, AFLC filed a petition on behalf of Priests for Life, requesting that the full (en banc) D.C. Circuit rehear its challenge to the Obamacare HHS mandate because the panel’s decision directly conflicts with the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Hobby Lobby.  Just as in Hobby Lobby, Priests for Life believes that if it complies with the mandate, it will be facilitating immoral conduct in violation of its Catholic faith.  And just as in Hobby Lobby, if Priests for Life does not comply, it will pay a heavy price.  That is the very definition of an unlawful burden on religious exercise.  And should the full court refuse to rehear the case, AFLC will seek review in the Supreme Court.  This battle is not over.

*On December 29, AFLC achieved another major legal victory for free speech by forcing, under threat of litigation, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to display an advertisement that exposes Islam’s hatred of Jews and urges the U.S. Government to stop all aid to Islamic countries.  In addition, SFMTA, through its advertising agent, has agreed to cover more than $10,000 of the associated advertising costs.

Finally, we continue to work on many other important cases that we will be revealing over the coming months, and as always, we continue our efforts to educate the public through traditional media as well as social media (remember to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter).

Thank you again for your prayers and financial support — which make all of this possible!  God bless you, and may He continue to bless America!