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Preserving Religious Liberty

NYCF opposes all initiatives that seek to limit the fundamental rights of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the free exercise of religion, and supports equal access for Christian students and for churches and Christian groups that use public buildings.

NYCF’s August Prayer Requests

By Albany Update | Jul 22, 2018

As a Christian organization, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms recognizes the centrality of prayer. While the support of our ministry friends is key, we cannot sustain this ministry without the Lord’s leading and direction of our efforts. We appreciate all of the believers who pray for us. In the month of August, we humbly ask…

Maine Gov. LePage Protects Change Therapy, Religious Freedom with Historic Veto

By Albany Update | Jul 16, 2018

The push to ban mental health professionals from assisting minor clients in overcoming unwanted same-sex attraction is not just happening here in New York; it’s happening across the country as well. Unfortunately, 13 states have now passed laws like the Counselor Coercion Bill that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has (successfully) opposed here in New…

Albany County Legislature Passes Change Therapy Ban

By Albany Update | Jul 16, 2018

Albany County lawmakers have jumped on the “ban change therapy” bandwagon. Last week, the Albany County Legislature passed Local Law “E”, a bill that would ban sexual orientation change efforts with minor clients. Sponsored by Legislator Bryan Clenahan (D-Guilderland), Local Law “E” would bar any person from being paid to provide “conversion therapy” to a…

Hoylman Stirs Controversy Over Hymn Bill

By Albany Update | Jul 6, 2018

Last month, Bill S.6856-DeFrancisco/A.8704-Magnarelli passed both houses of the New York State Legislature. This bill would recognize “Here Rests in Honored Glory” as “the official state hymn of mourning in honor of all American veterans.” According to the bill’s Assembly sponsor, Asm. William Magnarelli (D-Syracuse), the hymn was composed by Dr. Donald Miller, a Professor…

New York Health Act is Bad Medicine

By Albany Update | Jun 28, 2018

On June 14, 2018, the New York State Assembly passed the New York Health Act (Bill S.4840-A-Rivera/A.4738-A-Gottfried) by a vote of 91 to 46. The Assembly has passed this legislation for the past four years. According to the bill memo, the New York Health Act would “create a universal single payer health plan—New York Health—to…

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

By Albany Update | Jun 26, 2018

Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in the matter of NIFLA v. Becerra. In this case, pro-life pregnancy centers challenged a California law (the so-called FACT Act) that would require licensed pregnancy centers to provide information about the availability of abortion, including a phone number where abortion referrals could…

The State Legislative Session Is Over—For Now

By Albany Update | Jun 22, 2018

On Thursday, June 21, in the wee hours of the morning, the New York State Senate adjourned. That adjournment marked the end of the 2018 legislative session in Albany, although Gov. Andrew Cuomo may call the Legislature back to Albany later this year to handle some unfinished business. Thankfully, Senate Republicans were able to hold…

Southern Poverty Law Center Backs Down, Pays Up

By Albany Update | Jun 22, 2018

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a wealthy nonprofit that currently functions as the speech police of the Left in the United States, recently paid $3.375 million to settle a defamation lawsuit. Maajid Nawaz, a British former jihadist who now advocates against Islamic extremism through an organization known as the Quilliam Foundation, was listed in…

NYCF-Supported Bills Sail Through Senate Education

By Albany Update | Jun 8, 2018

Two bills supported by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms recently advanced through the New York State Senate Education Committee. The first of the two bills is the Homeschool Equal Access Bill (Bill S.5131-A-Robach/A.8969-Woerner). The Homeschool Equal Access Bill would require fair practices by institutions of higher education in regard to the admission of homeschooled high…

Andrew And Sandra: Birds of A Feather

By Albany Update | Jun 8, 2018

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States found in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment when it found Masterpiece Cakeshop liable for discrimination for declining to bake…

Supreme Court Rules: Religious Hostility Has No Place In A Pluralistic Society

By Albany Update | Jun 4, 2018

On June 4, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Court found in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips, who had been accused of unlawful discrimination for declining to design and create a cake for a same-sex “wedding.” Rev. Jason J. McGuire,…

State Teachers’ Union Needs A Schooling

By Albany Update | May 27, 2018

Unions are supposed to bargain for better pay and benefits, but unfortunately much of the dues they collect gets spent on political and social activism. Too often, unions promote a radical agenda at odds with the Christian values that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is working so hard to preserve and share. For example, if…

Annual Albany Whack-A-Mole Underway

By Albany Update | May 26, 2018

During the waning weeks of the legislative session each year, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms’ lobbying activities in Albany are something like a game of whack-a-mole. When bad bills rear their heads, it is our job to make sure they do not pass. On May 11, the Counselor Coercion Bill was considered in the Senate…

Bomberger Thrown Under The Bus For Biblical Beliefs

By Albany Update | May 14, 2018

A Michigan high school has apologized for bringing in an outside speaker who supposedly made some students and parents “uncomfortable.” Unfortunately, it appears that the true objection to the speaker had nothing to do with what he said and everything to do with who he was. Friends of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms will remember…

Counselor Coercion Bill Passes Assembly Again

By Albany Update | May 7, 2018

The New York State Assembly can’t seem to resist the urge to meddle in counseling sessions between mental health professionals and teenagers with unwanted same-sex attraction. On April 30, 2018, the Assembly passed the Counselor Coercion Bill (S.263-Hoylman/A.3977-Glick). This marks the fifth time that the Assembly has passed this misguided and destructive legislation. The Counselor…

Times Union Wants Liberty Ridge Farm Muzzled

By Albany Update | May 7, 2018

In January 2016, New York’s Appellate Division Court, Third Department upheld a Division of Human Rights decision in which Liberty Ridge Farm was found liable for discrimination and ordered to pay $13,000 in penalties and damages. The Farm’s offense? Politely declining to hold a same-sex “wedding” on its own property. As Albany Update readers may…