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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.

What Would A Senate Democratic Majority Leader Mean For Social Issues?

By Albany Update | Apr 15, 2018

Last week, Albany Update reported that the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC)—which has been in existence in the New York State Senate since 2011—was reuniting with the rest of the Senate Democratic Conference. Thus far, it appears that the reunification is taking effect. For Democrats, reunification is not the goal; it is merely a step toward…

Counselor Coercion Bills Crop Up In Counties

By Albany Update | Apr 14, 2018

When an LGBT-agenda bill fails to gain traction in Albany, LGBT advocates sometimes work to advance similar bills in counties and cities around the state. For example, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA)—also known as the Bathroom Bill—has languished in Albany for over a decade. During that time, however, similar local laws have passed in…

Pro-Life Pregnancy Center Case Looks Promising

By Albany Update | Mar 23, 2018

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the case of NIFLA v. Becerra. As Albany Update has previously reported, NIFLA is a constitutional challenge to California’s Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act (also known as the FACT Act), which requires pro-life pregnancy centers to inform clients about the…

Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers Head To The High Court

By Albany Update | Mar 17, 2018

Oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States have been scheduled for March 20, 2018 in NIFLA v. Becerra, a case that has major implications for pro-life pregnancy centers and free speech. NIFLA v. Becerra arises out of a legal challenge to California’s Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act (also known as…

Michigan Church Pastor Faces Death Threats

By Albany Update | Mar 12, 2018

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted…

Poloncarz Picks Political Correctness Over Good Public Policy

By Albany Update | Mar 5, 2018

Last week, Albany Update reported on the Erie County Legislature’s recent passage of the Criminalizing Hope Bill (LL Intro. 5-2), which would make it a crime—punishable by up to a year in prison—to provide reparative therapy for a client under age 18. Since then, hundreds of our friends have used our Action Center to express…

Despite Sanders’ Unfair Faith Test, Senate Confirms Deputy Director Vought

By Albany Update | Mar 3, 2018

Last June, Albany Update reported on the unseemly and constitutionally suspect line of questioning pursued by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at the U.S. Senate confirmation hearing regarding the nomination of Russell Vought to the post of Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. A graduate of Wheaton College and George Washington University Law…

Erie County Legislature Votes To Criminalize Christian Counseling

By Albany Update | Feb 25, 2018

For the past several years, LGBT advocates have been pushing the New York State Legislature to pass the Counselor Coercion Bill, which would ban licensed mental health professionals from assisting minor clients in overcoming unwanted same-sex attraction. Thus far, their advocacy has failed in the New York State Senate. However, LGBT advocates have continued to…

Cuomo Checks Another Box Off The LGBT Wishlist

By Albany Update | Feb 20, 2018

It seems that Gov. Andrew Cuomo wishes to check every possible box on the wish list of LGBT activists. Same-sex “marriage?” Check. Gov. Cuomo pushed a marriage redefinition bill through the State Legislature in 2011, four years before the Supreme Court issued its constitutionally and morally baseless decision in Obergefell v. Hodges. “Transgender” use of…

Supreme Court To Hear Pregnancy Center Case

By Albany Update | Feb 5, 2018

On March 20, the Supreme Court of the United States is scheduled to hear a case that has major implications for pro-life pregnancy centers and free speech. The case, NIFLA v. Becerra, deals with California’s Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act, also known as the FACT Act. According to Fox News, this law requires…

Mississippi Scores A Win for Religious Liberty

By Albany Update | Jan 20, 2018

A recent win for religious liberty in Mississippi is cause for celebration. In April 2016, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed the Religious Liberty Accommodations Act (also known as the Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act, or H.B. 1523) into law. This important legislation protects persons, businesses, and faith communities from discrimination based upon…

The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act Rears Its Head

By Albany Update | Jan 19, 2018

The 2018 legislative session has only just begun, but the assault on human life and religious liberty is already underway. At this writing, the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA) is ready for a vote in the New York State Assembly in the immediate future. This bill, which has passed the Assembly in past years, is…

With Latest Veto, Governor Cuomo Continues His Grinch-like Ways

By Albany Update | Dec 26, 2017

In December 2014, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms dubbed Gov. Andrew Cuomo “Governor Grinch” after he vetoed a proposed tax deduction for parents adopting a child from the foster care system. At the time, Gov. Cuomo defended his veto by claiming that the proposed deduction should have been included in the state budget. Unfortunately, the…

Schneiderman Still Picking On Little Sisters

By Albany Update | Dec 26, 2017

The Little Sisters of the Poor are Roman Catholic nuns that serve impoverished elderly people. Because of their Catholic beliefs about birth control, the Little Sisters cannot, in good conscience, pay for contraceptives or abortifacients for their lay employees. Because of the Obama Administration’s callous unwillingness to exempt them from the Obamacare birth control coverage…

Jack Phillips Gets His Day in (Supreme) Court

By Albany Update | Dec 11, 2017

On Tuesday, December 5, Jack Phillips—the Christian owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado—finally had his day before the Supreme Court of the United States. As Albany Update has previously reported, Phillips and his business have been embroiled in litigation since he declined to design a cake for a same-sex “wedding” in 2012. According to…

Supreme Court To Hear Oral Arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

By Albany Update | Nov 26, 2017

On December 5, the Supreme Court of the United States is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a case that addresses the tension between the fictitious “right” to same-sex “marriage” and the constitutionally-guaranteed rights to free speech and the free exercise of religion. In the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the…