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.

Back To School Resource Helps Parents Advocate For Their Kids

By Albany Update | Sep 12, 2021

As school-aged children return to classes this fall, Christian parents—especially parents with children in public schools—face a potential minefield of challenging issues. In addition to the continuing battle with the COVID-19 pandemic and its Delta variant, Christian parents must be on their guard to prevent schools from brainwashing or bullying their children into accepting ideologies…

Public Mandates Push Into Private Schools

By Albany Update | Sep 12, 2021

Last week, Albany Update commented on Gov. Kathy Hochul’s back-to-school plans in regard to COVID-19 prevention, including the implementation of a universal mask requirement. This week, there is more back-to-school news. On September 2, Gov. Hochul announced that the New York State Department of Health (DOH) had released an emergency regulation requiring that school personnel…

Suggested September Prayer Needs

By Albany Update | Sep 4, 2021

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms invites our friends and supporters to lift the following prayers to the Lord during the month of September: That students, faculty, staff and administrators returning to classrooms across the state would be protected from the spread of COVID-19 or any variants thereof; That as America marks twenty years since 9/11/2001…

Hoylman And Borrello Offer Contrasting Approaches To COVID Vaccination

By Albany Update | Aug 30, 2021

This commentary was update on September 3, 2021. As the state and the nation attempt to cope with the Delta variant of COVID-19, New York lawmakers—like the rest of us—hold widely divergent perspectives on how government might best combat the pandemic. Some lawmakers believe that the risks and dangers of COVID-19 justify a mandate-oriented approach…

Several Sectors Subject To COVID Vaccine Mandates

By Albany Update | Aug 28, 2021

In recent days, a wide variety of new COVID-19 vaccine mandates have been put into place that affect unvaccinated New Yorkers in their professional and family lives. On Thursday, August 26, a board of the New York State Department of Health voted unanimously to approve a statewide vaccination mandate for health care workers. The emergency…

Universal Plan For School Re-Opening Anticipated

By Albany Update | Aug 27, 2021

On August 24, 2021, Gov. Kathy Hochul made a significant announcement that will affect school re-opening this fall for students, teachers, and other school personnel across New York. The Governor announced the release of “a new, comprehensive plan to help ensure a safe, productive return to schools this fall in the midst of rising COVID-19…

NYCLU Demands Pro-Life Hospitals Perform Abortions

By Albany Update | Aug 7, 2021

For the past several decades, abortion advocates have centered their rhetoric on the concept of choice. “My body, my choice” has been a rallying cry for women who wish to keep abortion legal and available. This rhetoric has always been dishonest and misleading; not all women who obtain abortions feel like they have any other…

Schools Regain Local Control Over COVID Protocols

By Albany Update | Aug 7, 2021

For some time, school officials, parents, and students have awaited word from the State of New York regarding what COVID-19 prevention measures will be required when schools re-open this fall. On August 5, 2021, New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker announced that because there is no longer a declared state of emergency with regard…

Analysis Shows Sexual Orientation Change Efforts Help, Not Harm

By Albany Update | Aug 7, 2021

Advocates of homosexual behavior often assert that efforts to resolve unwanted same-sex attraction are damaging to participants’ mental health and may lead to a suicide risk. However, a recent study may point to the opposite conclusion. Recently, Dr. Andre Van Mol commented on a 2020 study purporting to demonstrate that sexual orientation change efforts lead…

What Do Democratic Socialists Want?

By Albany Update | Jul 29, 2021

When Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY14) defeated then-Rep. Joe Crowley in a Democratic congressional primary in 2018, her victory sent shock waves through the political landscape. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s ability to topple a powerful and experienced member of Congress made members of both parties sit up and take notice, and her newfound status as a political celebrity…

Democratic Socialists Decry Status Quo; Different Path Proposed

By Albany Update | Jul 29, 2021

At a recent virtual meeting, several relatively new members of the New York State Legislature expressed their displeasure with the status quo in Albany. According to the New York Post, these lawmakers took issue with “phony legislators” who pretend to support certain bills just to make themselves popular; they also criticized the secrecy that characterizes…

NYCF Asks Prayer For August Requests

By Albany Update | Jul 17, 2021

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) invites our brothers and sisters in Christ to remember the following prayer requests during the month of August: We pray against any further outbreaks of COVID-19; We pray against efforts to force American taxpayers to subsidize elective abortions; We pray that the abortion, gay, and “transgender” movements would be…

Legislators’ Beef Isn’t With Chicken, But Biblical Beliefs

By Albany Update | Jul 17, 2021

A decision to allow Chick-fil-A to operate at New York State Thruway service areas is under fire from a growing number of  left-wing state lawmakers upset with the restaurant chain’s past support for traditional marriage and other Christian causes. According to WIVB.com, the New York State Thruway Authority is planning a $450 million upgrade of…

School Leaders Ask Governor To Release September Guidance

By Albany Update | Jul 12, 2021

Leaders of Christian schools and other nonpublic schools are asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to quickly release any pertinent COVID-19-related requirements and to inform them of those requirements sooner rather than later. In a recent open letter, various school leaders requested the Governor’s urgent attention to the matter of COVID-19-related guidance for primary and secondary schools.…

In Case of Christian Florist, Justices Fail To Protect Religious Liberty

By Albany Update | Jul 12, 2021

On July 2, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to hear the case of Arlene’s Flowers, Inc. v. Washington. In so doing, the Court dealt a crushing blow to the cause of religious liberty in the United States. As many Christian New Yorkers will recall, the Arlene’s Flowers case centers on Barronelle…

Supremes Say Donor Privacy Protected

By Albany Update | Jul 12, 2021

On July 1, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision that protected the privacy of donors to charitable organizations. In Americans for Prosperity v. Bonta, the Court held that a California law requiring charities to disclose the identities of their major donors to the state was unconstitutional. According to WORLD,…