ACLJ: We’re preparing legal challenges to health care reform bill

by D. Bennett

The American Center for Law and Justice is preparing a series of legal challenges to the recently-passed H.R. 3590, known colloquially as the health care reform bill.

“We are actively pursuing an aggressive litigation strategy now that the pro-abortion health care plan has been approved,” chief counsel Jay Sekulow writes.

The ACLJ writes that the fight over this bill is far from over; only the venue has been changed, “from Congress to the courts.”

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ACLJ: Delay in seating Brown “outrageous”

by D. Bennett

Jay Sekulow, via his blog on the American Center for Law and Justice’s website, posts that the fact that Scott Brown (R-MA) has yet to be seated by the U.S. Senate represents an “unacceptable delay tactic on the part of the Senate leadership.”

“There’s absolutely no reason to wait to seat Senator-elect Brown and with each passing day he is prevented from participating in the legislative process,” Sekulow writes. ” This delay tactic…show that it’s business as usual in Washington – ignoring the will of Massachusetts voters and moving forward with a disturbing health care plan that America simply does not want.”

Despite the fact that the election results have not yet been officially certified, Sekulow argues that there is precedent which would allow Brown to be seated immediately.

ACLJ: Big victory in health care bill

by D. Bennett

The American Center for Law and Justice has sent out an e-mail to subscribers praising an amendment to H.R. 3962, which will prohibit federal funding for abortions.

“The passage of this pro-life amendment represents the only bright spot in an otherwise troubling government-run health care package put forth by House Speaker Pelosi,” said Jay Sekulow, ACLJ chief counsel. “The American people understand that health care should not include federal funding for abortion and we’re grateful to Congressmen Bart Stupak and Joseph Pitts for their unrelenting efforts in protecting the unborn.”

ACLJ: Christianity targeted in U.N. resolution

by D. Bennett

In an e-mail to subscribers, Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, warned that an Islamic group is pushing the United Nations to adopt a resolution that would “criminalize the proclamation of the gospel” of Christianity.

In addition to asking for donations to combat the efforts of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Sekulow warned against what passing the Defamation of Religions resolution would mean.

“This threat is so real, and so dangerous,” said Sekulow, “that I have already charged a team of ACLJ lawyers with leading the counter-offensive – to protect your freedom … and possibly your life.”

Sekulow posted more about the Defamation of Religions resolution here.

ACLJ: Victory in Pledge of Allegiance case

by D. Bennett

The American Center for Law and Justice put out a news release stating its pleasure with the New Hampshire court that dismissed a lawsuit challenging the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

“We’re extremely pleased with the sound and well reasoned decision issued by the court,” said Jay Sekulow, ACLJ chief counsel. “We’re pleased the court’s decision underscores the arguments made in our amicus brief:  the Pledge is a time-honored exercise that embraces patriotism, not religion.”

ACLJ: Don’t politicize judgeship creation process

by D. Bennett

Jay Sekulow, writing for the American Center for Law and Justice, expresses concern that the newly-introduced Federal Judgeship Act of 2009 “could bring partisan politics into the process of creating judgeships.”

The Act, introduced by Sen. Leahy (D-VT) of the Senate Judiciary Committee, would create permanent and temporary judgeships at the federal appellate and district court levels. Several Republicans have expressed concern about the Act, worrying that it could be used to politically reshape the federal judiciary.

ACLJ: ‘Critical victory’ for persecuted couple

by D. Bennett

The American Center for Law and Justice reports that a Pakistani Christian couple, after being kidnapped for months in an effort to get them to recant their faith, have been granted asylum in the United Kingdom.

“At a time when so many Christian converts face real persecution – including the threat of death – it’s encouraging that this couple can now stay in the U.K.,” said Jay Sekulow, ACLJ chief counsel. “We’re delighted we were able to provide assistance in this very important case.”

The couple’s request for asylum in the U.K. was initially denied, but they were allowed to appeal that decision.