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.

Biden Vaccine Mandate Blocked

By Albany Update | Nov 15, 2021

On September 9, 2021, President Joe Biden announced that the federal government would require private employers with 100 or more employees to give their employees two options: Be vaccinated against COVID-19, or wear masks in the workplace and receive weekly COVID-19 tests. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued regulations implementing the President’s directive…

Catholic Diocese Dismisses Teacher For Violating Church Teaching

By Albany Update | Nov 15, 2021

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn has come under fire in The New York Times for terminating the employment of a music teacher who entered into a same-sex “marriage.” According to the Times, the Diocese let go of Mr. Matthew LaBanca last month after he held a same-sex ceremony with his male partner over the…

SCOTUS Vacates New York Abortion Case

By Albany Update | Nov 4, 2021

On November 1, 2021, the Supreme Court of the United States made a good decision in an abortion-related case that was filed here in New York. In Albany v. Emami, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York and a group of other religious organizations filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a 2017 state…

Authoritarian Government Must Be Held Accountable

By Albany Update | Oct 25, 2021

As the battle against COVID-19 continues to rage, various levels of government are increasingly taking authoritarian approaches in response to differing views. Pressure to vaccinate minors is increasing, as is pressure to shut down dissenting opinions. This trend is ominous. According to TheCity.NYC, the New York City Administration for Children’s Services recently gave its partner…

Judge Issues Injunction In Case of HealthCare Workers Seeking Relief

By Albany Update | Oct 15, 2021

On October 12, 2021, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction barring the enforcement of New York’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate against health care workers who object to COVID-19 vaccinations on religious grounds. Judge David Hurd of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York ruled that the plaintiff health care workers were…

New York Just Won’t Leave New Hope Alone

By Albany Update | Sep 27, 2021

There are new developments in the case of New Hope Family Services, the Syracuse-based Christian adoption and foster care agency that the State of New York is trying to shut down because it only places children “with couples consisting of a mother and father committed to each other in marriage.” While two federal courts have…

Back To School Resource Helps Parents Advocate For Their Kids

By Albany Update | Sep 12, 2021

As school-aged children return to classes this fall, Christian parents—especially parents with children in public schools—face a potential minefield of challenging issues. In addition to the continuing battle with the COVID-19 pandemic and its Delta variant, Christian parents must be on their guard to prevent schools from brainwashing or bullying their children into accepting ideologies…

Public Mandates Push Into Private Schools

By Albany Update | Sep 12, 2021

Last week, Albany Update commented on Gov. Kathy Hochul’s back-to-school plans in regard to COVID-19 prevention, including the implementation of a universal mask requirement. This week, there is more back-to-school news. On September 2, Gov. Hochul announced that the New York State Department of Health (DOH) had released an emergency regulation requiring that school personnel…

Suggested September Prayer Needs

By Albany Update | Sep 4, 2021

New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms invites our friends and supporters to lift the following prayers to the Lord during the month of September: That students, faculty, staff and administrators returning to classrooms across the state would be protected from the spread of COVID-19 or any variants thereof; That as America marks twenty years since 9/11/2001…

Hoylman And Borrello Offer Contrasting Approaches To COVID Vaccination

By Albany Update | Aug 30, 2021

This commentary was update on September 3, 2021. As the state and the nation attempt to cope with the Delta variant of COVID-19, New York lawmakers—like the rest of us—hold widely divergent perspectives on how government might best combat the pandemic. Some lawmakers believe that the risks and dangers of COVID-19 justify a mandate-oriented approach…

Several Sectors Subject To COVID Vaccine Mandates

By Albany Update | Aug 28, 2021

In recent days, a wide variety of new COVID-19 vaccine mandates have been put into place that affect unvaccinated New Yorkers in their professional and family lives. On Thursday, August 26, a board of the New York State Department of Health voted unanimously to approve a statewide vaccination mandate for health care workers. The emergency…

Universal Plan For School Re-Opening Anticipated

By Albany Update | Aug 27, 2021

On August 24, 2021, Gov. Kathy Hochul made a significant announcement that will affect school re-opening this fall for students, teachers, and other school personnel across New York. The Governor announced the release of “a new, comprehensive plan to help ensure a safe, productive return to schools this fall in the midst of rising COVID-19…

NYCLU Demands Pro-Life Hospitals Perform Abortions

By Albany Update | Aug 7, 2021

For the past several decades, abortion advocates have centered their rhetoric on the concept of choice. “My body, my choice” has been a rallying cry for women who wish to keep abortion legal and available. This rhetoric has always been dishonest and misleading; not all women who obtain abortions feel like they have any other…

Schools Regain Local Control Over COVID Protocols

By Albany Update | Aug 7, 2021

For some time, school officials, parents, and students have awaited word from the State of New York regarding what COVID-19 prevention measures will be required when schools re-open this fall. On August 5, 2021, New York State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker announced that because there is no longer a declared state of emergency with regard…

Analysis Shows Sexual Orientation Change Efforts Help, Not Harm

By Albany Update | Aug 7, 2021

Advocates of homosexual behavior often assert that efforts to resolve unwanted same-sex attraction are damaging to participants’ mental health and may lead to a suicide risk. However, a recent study may point to the opposite conclusion. Recently, Dr. Andre Van Mol commented on a 2020 study purporting to demonstrate that sexual orientation change efforts lead…

What Do Democratic Socialists Want?

By Albany Update | Jul 29, 2021

When Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY14) defeated then-Rep. Joe Crowley in a Democratic congressional primary in 2018, her victory sent shock waves through the political landscape. Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s ability to topple a powerful and experienced member of Congress made members of both parties sit up and take notice, and her newfound status as a political celebrity…