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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.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Gender Identity, Sexuality

By Albany Update | Oct 12, 2019

On October 8, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in three cases that relate to employment discrimination. In essence, the cases present one simple question: Does Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 mean what it says? Two of the plaintiffs (one from Long Island and one from…

Judge Lambastes Legislature, But Upholds New Vaccination Law

By Albany Update | Oct 12, 2019

New York’s 2019 repeal of the religious exemption to its child vaccination requirements has led to multiple protests and multiple lawsuits. Parents with religious objections to child vaccination contend that the new law unfairly burdens their constitutionally protected rights by forcing them to choose between violating their beliefs, homeschooling their children, or moving to another…

House Subcommittee Cites Troubled Southern Poverty Law Center List

By Albany Update | Oct 8, 2019

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a mess. Just this year, the organization founded its founder, Morris Dees, for undisclosed reasons. Later, other senior leaders stepped down, employees spoke out against harassment and discrimination within the organization, and outside consultants were brought in to evaluate the practices of the so-called civil rights watchdog. The…

Faith-Based Adoption Agency Scores Religious Freedom Win

By Albany Update | Oct 8, 2019

A recent court decision in Michigan is a victory for faith-based adoption agencies and for religious freedom. On September 26, 2019, U.S. District Judge Robert Jonker issued a preliminary injunction barring the State of Michigan from cancelling a contract that allows St. Vincent Catholic Charities to offer adoption and foster care services. This means that…

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Sees Court Victory

By Albany Update | Oct 8, 2019

College and university campuses in the United States have become a battleground in the struggle to preserve religious liberty. One religious liberty concern that arises in the university context is the concern about equal access and fairness toward Christian student groups. A recent federal case in Iowa was a step in the right direction for…

President Trump Speaks Out For Religious Freedom

By Albany Update | Oct 1, 2019

On Monday, September 23, President Donald Trump made history by becoming the first U.S. president to hold a meeting at the United Nations that focused only on religious liberty. During a U.N. climate summit in New York, the President spoke at an event billed as a Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom. In his speech,…

Vaccine Law Causes ‘Devastating Hit’ for Christian School

By Albany Update | Oct 1, 2019

New York’s controversial new vaccine law bars students from attending public or private schools in New York if their parents have, for religious reasons, opted not to vaccinate them. Syracuse.com summarizes the law as follows: “[Unvaccinated students] must be kicked out of school unless they get their first shot within the first 14 days of…

Democratic Leaders May Frontload Legislative Session

By Albany Update | Oct 1, 2019

The New York State Legislature is considering a change to its legislative calendar that could have a major impact on public policy. In recent years, the state legislative session has typically run from January until mid-to-late-June. Following the passage of the annual budget at the end of March, the legislators take a break during part…

Regional Briefings Return

By Albany Update | Sep 16, 2019

Whether we are ready for it or not, autumn officially begins on September 23, 2019. Friends of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) and our affiliate organization, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation (NYFRF), know that the fall is a season when NYFRF holds regional special events to connect with our supporters, inform voters about key…

Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Embrace Equality Act

By Albany Update | Sep 16, 2019

On October 10, 2019, Democratic presidential hopefuls will hold a town hall meeting on LGBT issues. In discussing the upcoming town hall, USA Today revealed that many Democratic candidates have come out in favor of the so-called Equality Act (H.R. 5 – Cicilline). Under the Equality Act, so-called “discrimination” on the basis of sexual orientation…

NYCF Submits Substantial Equivalency Comment

By Albany Update | Sep 8, 2019

Last week, Albany Update reported that the New York State Education Department (NYSED) was accepting public comments on a proposed rule relating to instruction in nonpublic schools. Specifically, the proposed rule would create an intrusive, unfair, and unnecessary mechanism allowing public school districts to evaluate the instruction provided at nonpublic schools (including Christian schools) and…

Two Upcoming Student-Led Events Focus On Faith

By Albany Update | Sep 3, 2019

Two upcoming events give Christian students an opportunity to be public witnesses for Christ. On Wednesday, September 25, 2019, students will observe See You at the Pole day by gathering at their schools’ flagpoles for prayer. According to SYATP.com, See You at the Pole™ “began in 1990 as a grass roots movement with ten students…

NYCF’s September Prayer Needs

By Albany Update | Aug 26, 2019

During the month of September, 2019, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms covets the prayers of our friends and supporters in the following areas: That the fall events held by our affiliate organization, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation, will be well-attended and edifying; That the Lord will continue to bless our efforts to renovate our ministry…

State Accepting Comment Regarding Substantial Equivalency Regulations

By Albany Update | Aug 19, 2019

Proposed regulations that have been issued by the New York State Education Department threaten the continued existence of Christian schools here in the Empire State. According to Section 3204 of the Education Law, “[i]nstruction given to a minor elsewhere than at a public school shall be at least substantially equivalent” to the instruction that student…

Leftists Plan Leap Year Lurch

By Albany Update | Aug 19, 2019

Between the Abortion Act, the Bathroom Bill, and the raft of other radical bills that passed in Albany this year, you might think that the political left would be satisfied with its efforts and ease up a bit next year. You would be wrong. Instead, progressives are looking to lurch our state even further left…

New Gun Law Limits Security Possibilities For Private Schools

By Albany Update | Aug 13, 2019

A new gun control law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month limits the freedom of schools—including Christian schools—in the area of safety and security. Prior to the passage of this new law, carrying a firearm on school grounds was illegal for most New Yorkers. However, there were exceptions. One such exception allowed schools to…

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