Influencing Legislation and Legislators for the Lord Jesus Christ.

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.

NYCF-Supported Bills Sail Through Senate Education

By Albany Update | Jun 8, 2018

Two bills supported by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms recently advanced through the New York State Senate Education Committee. The first of the two bills is the Homeschool Equal Access Bill (Bill S.5131-A-Robach/A.8969-Woerner). The Homeschool Equal Access Bill would require fair practices by institutions of higher education in regard to the admission of homeschooled high…

Andrew And Sandra: Birds of A Feather

By Albany Update | Jun 8, 2018

Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States found in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment when it found Masterpiece Cakeshop liable for discrimination for declining to bake…

Supreme Court Rules: Religious Hostility Has No Place In A Pluralistic Society

By Albany Update | Jun 4, 2018

On June 4, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States released its decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The Court found in favor of Christian baker Jack Phillips, who had been accused of unlawful discrimination for declining to design and create a cake for a same-sex “wedding.” Rev. Jason J. McGuire,…

State Teachers’ Union Needs A Schooling

By Albany Update | May 27, 2018

Unions are supposed to bargain for better pay and benefits, but unfortunately much of the dues they collect gets spent on political and social activism. Too often, unions promote a radical agenda at odds with the Christian values that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is working so hard to preserve and share. For example, if…

Annual Albany Whack-A-Mole Underway

By Albany Update | May 26, 2018

During the waning weeks of the legislative session each year, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms’ lobbying activities in Albany are something like a game of whack-a-mole. When bad bills rear their heads, it is our job to make sure they do not pass. On May 11, the Counselor Coercion Bill was considered in the Senate…

Bomberger Thrown Under The Bus For Biblical Beliefs

By Albany Update | May 14, 2018

A Michigan high school has apologized for bringing in an outside speaker who supposedly made some students and parents “uncomfortable.” Unfortunately, it appears that the true objection to the speaker had nothing to do with what he said and everything to do with who he was. Friends of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms will remember…

Counselor Coercion Bill Passes Assembly Again

By Albany Update | May 7, 2018

The New York State Assembly can’t seem to resist the urge to meddle in counseling sessions between mental health professionals and teenagers with unwanted same-sex attraction. On April 30, 2018, the Assembly passed the Counselor Coercion Bill (S.263-Hoylman/A.3977-Glick). This marks the fifth time that the Assembly has passed this misguided and destructive legislation. The Counselor…

Times Union Wants Liberty Ridge Farm Muzzled

By Albany Update | May 7, 2018

In January 2016, New York’s Appellate Division Court, Third Department upheld a Division of Human Rights decision in which Liberty Ridge Farm was found liable for discrimination and ordered to pay $13,000 in penalties and damages. The Farm’s offense? Politely declining to hold a same-sex “wedding” on its own property. As Albany Update readers may…

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…