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.

Coach Kennedy Wins Supreme Court Case

By Albany Update | Jul 5, 2022

On June 27, 2022, following a seven-year legal battle, Christian football coach Joe Kennedy won his public prayer case before the Supreme Court of the United States. Coach Kennedy was an assistant coach at Bremerton High School in Bremerton, Washington. After football games, Coach Kennedy had a habit of praying at the 50-yard line on…

SCOTUS Upholds Equal Treatment of Christian Schools

By Albany Update | Jun 22, 2022

On June 21, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in Carson v. Makin. The decision is consistent with other pro-religious liberty Supreme Court decisions released during the past several years. Carson v. Makin arose from a dispute occurring in the state of Maine. In many rural areas of Maine, school…

Yeshiva University Stands Strong For Religious Freedom

By Albany Update | Jun 22, 2022

On June 16, 2022, The New York Times reported that a trial court had ruled against Yeshiva University in a case involving a conflict between LGBT activism and religious liberty. According to The Times, a group of students sued the University in 2021 to challenge its unwillingness to allow an LGBT student group to form…

State Receives Public Comment Regarding Private School Regs

By Albany Update | May 28, 2022

In September 2019, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF) submitted a public comment on a proposed rule relating to instruction in nonpublic schools. The proposed rule would have required school districts to evaluate the instruction provided by nonpublic schools (including Christian schools) to see whether that instruction complied with state law. (New York law requires…

Advocates Seek LGBT Training for Health Aides

By Albany Update | May 14, 2022

Bills S.2534-Rivera and Bill A.1880-A-Dinowitz would require home health aides, personal care aides, personal care staff, and certified nursing aides to receive training on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity as part of the state certification and re-certification processes. The mandated training would include explanations of terms like “queer,” “asexual,” “gender non-conforming,” and “non-binary,”…

Christian Professor Receives Settlement in Free Speech Case

By Albany Update | Apr 30, 2022

In light of the recent outcome of a First Amendment lawsuit, public universities may want to think twice before they impose “transgender” speech codes upon members of their faculty. On April 14, 2022, Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) announced that Professor Nicholas Meriwether’s lawsuit against his employer, Shawnee State University in Ohio, had settled. CBS News…

Suffolk County Legislator Fleming Seeks To Censor Public Prayer

By Albany Update | Apr 23, 2022

A member of the Suffolk County Legislature has proposed a rules change that would place unconstitutional limits on prayers at public meetings. Like many other government entities, the Suffolk County Legislature opens its meetings with prayer. Within the past year, two prayers offered by Roman Catholic priests at meetings of the Suffolk County Legislature included…

Biden Administration To Rescind Conscience Rule

By Albany Update | Apr 23, 2022

On April 19, 2022, Politico reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to roll back the Conscience Rights in Health Care Rule. A new regulation rescinding the rule may be released by the end of the month. Finalized in May 2019, the Conscience Rights in Health Care Rule was designed…

Some Legislators Seek Socialized Medicine

By Albany Update | Mar 12, 2022

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms supports policies that preserve religious liberty. For our 2022 Digital Day of Action, our religious liberty agenda is focused on blocking the proposed New York Health Act (S.5474-Rivera/A.6058-Gottfried). The New York Health Act would kick every New Yorker off of his or her health insurance and impose a government-controlled program…

Hochul’s Budget Proposal Compels Abortion Coverage

By Albany Update | Mar 10, 2022

Unfortunately, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s enthusiasm for abortion has found its way into her 2022-2023 state budget proposal. The budget bill pertaining to health and mental hygiene (Bill S.8007-A-Budget/Bill A.9007-A-Budget) would require New York health insurance policies to cover abortion. Furthermore, the bill would require that the abortion coverage not be subject to coinsurance, copayments, or…

“Fairness For All” Sponsors Drop Support

By Albany Update | Mar 3, 2022

In a victory for common sense and decency, several Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives have withdrawn their support from the misleadingly-named Fairness for All Act. The Fairness for All Act (H.R. 1440) is a Republican-sponsored pro-LGBT bill that has been marketed as a compromise measure. According to its advocates, the bill would…

NYCF Shares March Prayer Needs

By Albany Update | Feb 19, 2022

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms invites our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout New York to lift the following prayer requests to the Lord in the month of March: That the Lord would heal those New Yorkers who are afflicted with COVID-19 and end this pandemic; That the Lord would bless our upcoming Digital Day…

Mask Mandate Mostly Lifted, But School Mandate Stays

By Albany Update | Feb 11, 2022

On February 9, 2022, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that the statewide mask mandate for indoor public places would be lifted effective February 10. Gov. Hochul stated that the decision to lift the mask mandate was driven by decreasing COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. According to the Albany Times Union, mask mandates affecting transportation hubs, nursing homes,…

Hochul’s Health Department Considers Controversial Regs

By Albany Update | Feb 11, 2022

Under the leadership of Gov. Kathy Hochul, the New York State Department of Health (DOH) is considering adopting several regulations pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. The proposed regulations have prompted a great deal of public concern due to their encroachments upon personal and religious liberty. In recent days, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has issued…

Take Action At NYCF’s Legislative Action Center

By Albany Update | Jan 15, 2022

Once upon a time, and not so very long ago, the website of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms did not include a feature that allowed voters to communicate directly with elected officials. In those days, when we wanted to encourage voters to e-mail their state legislators in opposition to same-sex “marriage,” we had to ask…

Hochul Wants Vaccine Mandate For School Attendance

By Albany Update | Dec 30, 2021

Gov. Kathy Hochul angered many New Yorkers on December 10, 2021 when she announced that the New York State Department of Health had instituted a new statewide mask mandate for indoor public places. Undaunted, Gov. Hochul recently stated that she wants to go even further by imposing a statewide COVID-19 vaccine mandate in schools. In…