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.

Pro-Abortion Jaffee Prepares For Judicial Defeat

By Albany Update | Jan 12, 2020

On November 8, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Boss Bill into law. As many New York Christians will recall, the Boss Law: Bars employers from “accessing an employee’s personal information regarding the employee’s or the employee’s dependent’s reproductive health decision making”; Bans employment discrimination based on “reproductive health decision making, including, but not limited…

Summarizing Cuomo’s 2020 State Of The State

By Albany Update | Jan 12, 2020

On January 8, 2020, Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered this year’s State of the State Address. The speech consisted of a warmed-over smorgasbord of largely uninspiring policy proposals coupled with a few very bad ideas (paid surrogacy and recreational pot, to name two) and the usual empty, hypocritical calls for unity from the same governor who…

Legislative Day 2020: Ever Upward

By Albany Update | Jan 4, 2020

Friends, New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation and New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms cordially invite you to attend Ever Upward: Legislative Day 2020. This year’s Legislative Day event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Albany, New York. The title of this year’s event is drawn from New York’s official state motto: Excelsior. This Latin…

Wappingers Falls District Denies Christian Student Group

By Albany Update | Dec 20, 2019

Wappingers Central School District in Wappingers Falls, Dutchess County is in hot water for denying a ninth grader’s request for permission to form a Christian students’ club at school. Freshman Daniela Barca asked her school’s administration for permission to form the “OMG! Christian Club” at Roy C. Ketcham High School. The purpose of the club…

Democrat Attorneys General Association Demands Abortion Litmus Test

By Albany Update | Dec 16, 2019

In her first year as New York Attorney General, Letitia James (D-Brooklyn) has developed a reputation as an activist attorney general who is not shy about going after corporations and nonprofits alike. So far, Attorney General James has launched an investigation regarding potential antitrust law violations at Facebook; an investigation into the finances of the…

Stefanik Compromises On Religious Liberty Once Again

By Albany Update | Dec 16, 2019

On December 6, 2019, nine congressional Republicans introduced a pro-LGBT bill known as the Fairness for All Act (H.R. 5331). Sadly, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) is one of them. The Fairness for All Act is described as an attempt to reach a middle ground between religious institutions and LGBT interest groups. The Act would ban…

New York’s Latest Bid To Bully The Religious

By Albany Update | Dec 3, 2019

By Denise Harle “You are effectively being compelled to undermine your own reason for being.” It is one thing to disagree with others’ religious beliefs — and another to bend laws and violate the Constitution to ensure they can’t live out their faith in their daily life and work. Yet Gov. Andrew Cuomo and some…

Chick-fil-A Chickens Out

By Albany Update | Nov 24, 2019

For decades, Chick-fil-A has been known not just for its tasty chicken sandwiches, but also for its strong witness as a Christian business. As a devout Christian, Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy swam against the cultural tide by refusing to open on Sundays, by speaking up for traditional marriage, and by providing financial support to…

Governor Signs ‘Boss Law’; Pro-Life Challenge Begins

By Albany Update | Nov 16, 2019

On November 8, 2019, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the Boss Bill (Bill S.660 – Metzger/A.584 – Jaffee) into law as Chapter 457 of the Laws of 2019. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms fought against the passage of the Boss Law for several years because of its callous disregard for religious liberty. The Boss Law: Bars…

Court Rejects ‘Conscience Rights’ Rule

By Albany Update | Nov 16, 2019

In May 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a “Conscience Rights in Health Care Rule” permitting medical professionals to opt out of performing medical services that violated their sincerely-held religious or moral beliefs. New York Attorney General, Letitia James joined other left-wing fellow travelers in suing to block the implementation…

Faith-Based Adoption Agencies Find New Hope

By Albany Update | Nov 11, 2019

The uncritical acceptance of the LGBT agenda has become so pervasive in government, in the media, and in other spheres of influence that it is now fashionable to trample on religious freedom in the name of so-called LGBT “equality.” On November 3, Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened legal action against a proposed rule from the U.S.…

Cuomo’s Donor Disclosure Law Struck Down

By Albany Update | Nov 11, 2019

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2016 nonprofit donor disclosure law has been struck down in federal court. In typical Albany fashion, the law was passed at 3:00 A.M. on the final day of the 2016 legislative session. According to the Albany Times Union, the law was perceived as an attack on good-government groups that have criticized the Governor. It…

Appeals Court Lets New Hope Family Services Keep Serving Families—For Now

By Albany Update | Nov 5, 2019

Albany, NY—Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued a temporary injunction allowing New Hope Family Services to continue providing various adoption-related services. New Hope is a Christian charity that the State of New York is attempting to close because of its unwillingness to place children in households headed by same-sex couples.…

Amish File Religious Liberty Suit Over Vaccination Law

By Albany Update | Nov 4, 2019

Thus far, legal challenges to New York’s controversial repeal of the religious exemption to child vaccination requirements have not met with success. As Albany Update previously reported, one such lawsuit (Sullivan-Knapp v. Cuomo) was rejected by Judge Robert B. Wiggins on October 9, 2019. However, one Amish family in the Finger Lakes region recently filed…

Andrew Cuomo Can’t Put Politics Aside—Even For Kids In Need

By Albany Update | Nov 4, 2019

Albany, NY—Yesterday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened legal action against a proposed rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that would protect faith-based child welfare organizations from unfair discrimination based upon their beliefs about marriage and family. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), made the following…

Attorney General Barr Speaks On ‘Spiritual Void’ in America

By Albany Update | Oct 20, 2019

On October 11, 2019, U.S. Attorney General William Barr spoke at Notre Dame Law School. In his speech, Attorney General Barr discussed the Justice Department’s efforts to promote religious liberty. Refreshingly, the Attorney General did not just speak about the law; rather, his remarks addressed some of the core issues that plague the United States…