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.

New York’s Abortion Insurance Mandate May See Supreme Court Challenge

By Albany Update | May 3, 2021

On April 23, 2021, a coalition of Catholic and Protestant churches and organizations represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty asked the Supreme Court of the United States to hear their constitutional challenge to New York’s requirement that employers include abortion coverage within their employees’ health insurance plans. In Diocese of Albany v. Lacewell,…

Government-Only Healthcare Gets Out Of Health Committee

By Albany Update | Apr 25, 2021

The misguided and disastrous New York Health Act (Bill S.5474-Rivera/A.6058-Gottfried) has been approved by the New York State Assembly Health Committee. Following a party-line vote of 19-7, the bill will now move to the Assembly Codes Committee for further consideration. The New York Health Act would create a government-controlled single-payer health insurance system in the…

Albany Enters Second Half Of Legislative Session

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2021

The New York state budget process for the 2021-2022 fiscal year was completed earlier this month. In an ideal world, each year’s legislative session would be completed upon the passage of the budget. However, the real world is far from ideal, and the 2021 legislative session is not scheduled to conclude until June 10. This…

Federal Court Upholds Free Speech For Faculty

By Albany Update | Apr 10, 2021

A recent federal court case represents a step in the right direction on free speech for faculty at public universities. On March 26, 2021, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a professor at Shawnee State University in Ohio was free to refrain from addressing a “transgender” student using that student’s preferred pronoun. According…

Vaccine Passports Raise Privacy Concerns

By Albany Update | Mar 31, 2021

On March 26, 2021, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the impending rollout of the Excelsior Pass. The Excelsior Pass is a method of presenting digital proof of having been vaccinated against COVID-19 or of having tested negative for COVID-19. According to the state’s website, the Excelsior Pass will be used by venues to screen the COVID-19…

Congressional Votes Raise Concerns For Social Conservatives

By Albany Update | Mar 20, 2021

On February 25, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the disastrous and misleadingly-named Equality Act. Last week, the House demonstrated that it isn’t finished passing bad bills. On March 17, 2021, the House reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and passed a resolution to remove the ratification deadline for the proposed Equal Rights…

NYCF Hosts “Legislative Day 2021: A Digital Day of Action”

By Albany Update | Mar 16, 2021

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), New York’s statewide evangelical Christian advocacy organization, holds its first-ever Digital Day of Action today. NYCF Executive Director Jason J. McGuire made the following comments: “For decades, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has held its annual Legislative Day in Albany on the third Tuesday in March. This year, COVID-19 and social…

Bill Forces Faith-Based Schools To Choose Compromise Or Closure

By Albany Update | Mar 15, 2021

As part of our Digital Day of Action, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) is highlighting one piece of proposed state legislation from each of the four policy areas in which we work: Protecting human life, promoting strong families, preserving religious liberty, and proclaiming justice and mercy. As we work to preserve religious liberty, NYCF…

Cancel Culture Comes For SUNY Geneseo Student

By Albany Update | Mar 14, 2021

A recent report from The Daily Wire indicates that left-wing cancel culture has infiltrated the State University of New York at Geneseo. Owen Stevens, an education student in SUNY Geneseo’s graduate school, was reportedly suspended from mandatory teaching programs because he posted social media videos that the school deemed offensive. What, you may ask, was…

GOP Jumps On ‘Fairness For All’ Act

By Albany Update | Mar 5, 2021

As Albany Update recently reported, LGBT advocates are pushing for federal legislation to reshape American society and marginalize or punish dissenting voices. Thankfully, the so-called Equality Act—which passed the U.S. House of Representatives on February 25, 2021—faces dim prospects in the U.S. Senate. However, the Equality Act is not the only pro-LGBT bill being promoted…

Bethany Christian Services Compromises Christian Principles

By Albany Update | Mar 4, 2021

In May 2019, the Michigan office of Bethany Christian Services (BCS)—the nation’s largest Protestant adoption and foster care agency, with offices in 32 states—agreed to begin placing children in homes headed by same-sex couples. BCS did not take this step of its own accord; the State of Michigan made a policy change that would, if…

Pandemic Powers Should Be Ended, Not Extended

By Albany Update | Mar 4, 2021

This post was updated on March 8, 2021. So far this year, there has been much speculation and discussion in Albany about curtailing the emergency powers that were granted to Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, the Legislature passed Chapter 23 of the Laws of 2020, a…

Reps. Reed, Katko Fold On Religious Liberty, Support So-Called Equality Act

By Albany Update | Feb 28, 2021

On February 25, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the so-called Equality Act. The bill passed by a vote of 224-206 (unofficial). The Equality Act would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill would give biological males access to female-only spaces across the nation, would create unfair conditions…

DASA Expansion Mandates LGBTQ Agenda In Private Schools

By Albany Update | Feb 28, 2021

On September 13, 2010, Gov. David Paterson signed the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) into law. DASA contains a variety of provisions to address the problem of bullying in schools. It also bans discrimination and harassment against public school students on the basis of several criteria, including “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression.”…

‘Equality Act’ Passes House of Representatives, Moves to U.S. Senate

By Albany Update | Feb 25, 2021

Rochester, NY—The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the so-called Equality Act, today by a vote of 224-206 (unofficial). The Equality Act would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill would give biological males access to female-only spaces (including women’s shelters) across the nation, would create unfair conditions for female…

Clearing Up Congressional Confusion Concerning The ‘Equality Act’

By Albany Update | Feb 24, 2021

The so-called Equality Act is expected to receive a floor vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, February 25, 2021. The Equality Act is a deeply misleading piece of legislation. On its surface, the bill looks like an anti-discrimination measure; it would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as anti-discrimination categories under federal…