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.

Is Your Church Ready To Re-Open After Coronavirus?

By Albany Update | May 8, 2020

In recent weeks, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has begun to lay out plans for the gradual re-opening of New York’s businesses and communities. As the Governor’s plans unfold, churches across New York are making plans as well. Pastors and church leaders have two challenging questions to consider as they contemplate life after the coronavirus lockdown. Click…

DOJ Files Statement of Support in Virginia Religious Liberty Case

By Albany Update | May 8, 2020

On May 3, 2020, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a Statement of Interest in the case of Lighthouse Christian Church v. Northam. The federal case was filed by Lighthouse Christian Church in Chincoteague, Virginia. The church sued Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam after police served a summons upon its pastor for holding an…

NYCF Offers Churches Drive-In Service Guidance

By Albany Update | Apr 28, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has temporarily banned in-person gatherings. Most churches in New York have voluntarily complied with this temporary public health measure. However, many churches desire to begin meeting together again for prayer, worship, and the preaching of God’s Word. For some churches, parking lot church services may be a viable…

Chemung County Churches Challenge County Executive’s Overreach

By Albany Update | Apr 23, 2020

All across the United States, the coronavirus epidemic has forced government leaders to grapple with difficult challenges. One central challenge facing those leaders is the challenge of protecting public health while also respecting personal freedom. If, during an epidemic, government is overly lenient in regard to gatherings and social distancing, lives may be lost that…

DOJ Warns Government Against Infringing Upon Religious Freedom

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2020

On April 14, 2020, U.S. Attorney General William Barr issued a statement emphasizing the need to respect religious liberty in the midst of the coronavirus epidemic. In his statement, the Attorney General noted that both the Constitution and federal law ban discrimination on the basis of religion. He said: …Even in times of emergency, when…

Ministry Wants Drive-Ins Open For More Than Movies

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2020

At an April 12, 2020 briefing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) was reviewing the possibility of letting drive-in movie theaters open during the coronavirus epidemic. Such a move would involve making an exception to the regulation requiring the closure of all non-essential businesses in the state. According to 13WHAM.com,…

Samaritan’s Purse Despite Service, Still Vilified

By Albany Update | Apr 17, 2020

While the COVID-19 epidemic continues to wreak havoc in the State of New York and across the nation, Samaritan’s Purse continues to serve the Lord by providing needed medical care to coronavirus patients in New York City. As Albany Update has previously reported, Samaritan’s Purse—a Christian disaster relief charity—has opened a 68-bed tent hospital in…

Honoring God and Government During a Pandemic

By Albany Update | Apr 16, 2020

May 20, 2020 UPDATE: Under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York Forward plan, the Governor intends to lift COVID-19-related restrictions on business and other activities through a four-phase, region-by-region process. On May 19, 2020, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms joined pastors across the State of New York in calling upon Gov. Cuomo to (a) lift restrictions on worship services in regions…

CARES Act Information for Churches And Other Non-Profit Organizations

By Albany Update | Apr 13, 2020

The recently-passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act makes available $2 trillion in relief funds to individuals and employers affected by the coronavirus epidemic. Some of the benefits that are available under the CARES Act are available to churches and other non-profit organiztions. According to COVIDChurchAid.org, a project of the Florida Family Policy…

Cuomo Guidance Places Excessive Burden Upon Religious Expression

By Albany Update | Apr 11, 2020

May 20, 2020 UPDATE: Under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York Forward plan, the Governor intends to lift COVID-19-related restrictions on business and other activities through a four-phase, region-by-region process. On May 19, 2020, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms joined pastors across the State of New York in calling upon Gov. Cuomo to (a) lift restrictions on worship services in…

Mayor Encouraged To Reconsider Religious-Liberty-Infringing Remarks

By Albany Update | Apr 6, 2020

On March 31, 2020, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms wrote to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to ask that he reconsider some unwise remarks he made about churches and other faith communities. On March 27, the Mayor warned religious institutions that persistently fail to comply with coronavirus-related limits on public gatherings that their…

NYCF Seeks Clarification Regarding Drive-In Services During Pandemic

By Albany Update | Apr 6, 2020

May 20, 2020 UPDATE: Under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York Forward plan, the Governor intends to lift COVID-19-related restrictions on business and other activities through a four-phase, region-by-region process. On May 19, 2020, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms joined pastors across the State of New York in calling upon Gov. Cuomo to (a) lift restrictions on worship services in regions…

Mr. Mayor, The Constitution Doesn’t Let You Permanently Close Churches

By Albany Update | Apr 5, 2020

By Kristen Waggoner One could forgive any mayor for being frustrated with those putting the health of others in jeopardy by refusing to engage in social distancing during this global pandemic. But, at a press conference Friday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio singled out churches and synagogues, threatening to “permanently” close them if they…

For Progressives, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

By Albany Update | Apr 4, 2020

Samaritan’s Purse, the international Christian relief organization founded by Rev. Franklin Graham, has opened a 68-bed emergency tent hospital in New York City’s Central Park to help the city’s beleaguered health care system care for patients infected by the coronavirus. More than 80 disaster relief staffers, including medical personnel, are working at the hospital. The…

Tell Cuomo To Focus On Finance, Keep Controversy Out Of The Budget

By Albany Update | Mar 29, 2020

The 2020-2021 New York State Budget is due to be passed no later than April 1, 2020. Obviously, the coronavirus outbreak has complicated the effort to negotiate and pass the budget in a timely manner. To date, four Members of the State Legislature have tested positive for the coronavirus. The workplace restrictions and social distancing…

State-Ordered Church Closures: Are They Constitutional?

By Albany Update | Mar 28, 2020

May 20, 2020 UPDATE: Under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York Forward plan, the Governor intends to lift COVID-19-related restrictions on business and other activities through a four-phase, region-by-region process. On May 19, 2020, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms joined pastors across the State of New York in calling upon Gov. Cuomo to (a) lift restrictions on worship services in regions…