Proclaiming Justice and Mercy

NYCF supports educational choice, urban renewal efforts that result in empowerment rather than dependency, stronger penalties to deter crime, enhanced efforts to crack down on human trafficking, and real reform of a political process that currently enables corruption.

Republicans Must Find A Way Forward For Health Care Reform

By Albany Update | Aug 4, 2017

Unfortunately, the attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare has gone down in flames. While this is bad news, Christians should remember that in politics, no defeat is permanent—just as no victory is permanent. The repeal and replacement of Obamacare can still be accomplished. The question is: How? Congressional Republicans have a few options to consider.…

Obamacare Repeal Collapses

By Albany Update | Aug 4, 2017

In Washington, D.C., the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare has encountered major obstacles. Since Albany Update’s last report on health insurance reform, the U.S. Senate has cast four significant votes relating to this issue. On July 25, 2017, the Senate voted to open debate on health insurance reform legislation. The Senate vote was 50-50,…

President Trump Restores Gender Sanity To America’s Armed Forces

By Albany Update | Jul 31, 2017

On Wednesday, July 26, President Donald Trump announced that he would rescind the Obama-era policy of allowing military servicemembers to identify as “transgender,” dress as members of the opposite sex, and use opposite-sex facilities. President Trump’s announcement is a victory for common sense and decency, and for military preparedness. The President’s decision to bar “transgendered”…

Congress Chooses Obama’s Transgender Policy Over Military Readiness

By Albany Update | Jul 23, 2017

For the past eight years, Christians and conservatives in New York and across the nation have strongly opposed the many unrighteous and wrong-headed policies of the Obama administration. One area of particular concern was the Obama administration’s efforts to make the U.S. Armed Forces a laboratory for left-wing social experiments. From allowing homosexual behavior by…

Silver Conviction Reversed

By Albany Update | Jul 22, 2017

During his 20-plus year reign as Speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver was a living emblem of the dysfunction of New York State government. Silver was the ultimate Albany power player, and his power over the Assembly Majority was seen as near-absolute. Multiple sexual harassment scandals involving Assemblymembers and staffers failed to…

Upstate Casinos Not As Profitable As Projected

By Albany Update | Jul 19, 2017

Exodus 20:17: “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.” Hebrews 13:5: “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath…

NYCF Blocks Casino Lending Bill—For Now

By Albany Update | Jun 11, 2017

Last week, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms reported on our opposition to Bill S.5377-Bonacic. This unnecessary and counterproductive bill would allow casinos to loan money to gamblers “to enable [them] to take part in gaming activity.” Such loans would be permissible in accordance with rules to be developed by the Gaming Commission. Sen. Bonacic’s bill…

Casino Lending Is A Bad Bet

By Albany Update | Jun 5, 2017

I Timothy 6:10: “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” Does borrowing money to gamble it away sound like a good idea to you? For a Bible-believing Christian (or for anyone who possesses…

Imagine A Place Where Elected Officials Governed According To The Bible

By Albany Update | May 21, 2017

What would it be like if our elected officials governed in accordance with the Bible? Our state and our nation would be very different, wouldn’t they? Matthew 19:18: “Thou shalt do no murder.” Psalm 139:13-16: “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I…

Bathroom Bill Blocked!

By Albany Update | May 2, 2017

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in…

Marijuana Bill Goes Up In Smoke

By Albany Update | May 2, 2017

The State of New York legalized the use of medical marijuana in 2014. However, state law places limits on the availability and use of the drug for medical purposes. For example, New York’s medical marijuana law does not allow smoked forms of marijuana. Medical marijuana advocates object to this limitation, and have introduced Bill S.1087-Rivera/A.6009-Gottfried…

Fox News Parts Ways With Bill O’Reilly

By Albany Update | Apr 24, 2017

Last week, 21st Century Fox announced that it had cut ties with longtime television host and political commentator Bill O’Reilly. O’Reilly, 67, had served as the host of The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News since 1996. The announcement from 21st Century Fox followed the publication of an article in The New York Times that detailed…

LGBT Youth Sensitivity Bill Advances In State Senate

By Albany Update | Apr 24, 2017

On March 21, Bill S.277-Hoylman/A.2662-Ortiz—the LGBT Youth Sensitivity Bill—was approved by the Senate Children and Families Committee and referred to the Senate Finance Committee by a vote of 7-0. This bill is described as “AN ACT to amend the executive law, in relation to expanding the duties of the office of children and family services…

Casino Owner Already Asking For A Tax Break

By Albany Update | Apr 24, 2017

“But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”…

‘Equality For All’ Amendment Is A Misleading Endeavor

By Albany Update | Apr 7, 2017

For Americans, the principle of equality is embedded in our national identity. Our Declaration of Independence asserts that “all men are created equal, [and] that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” The notion of equality under the law took on added resonance in 1868, when the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S.…

Bathroom Bill Sees Tenth Vote In State Assembly, Set To Fail In State Senate

By Albany Update | Mar 25, 2017

On Wednesday, March 22, the New York State Assembly passed the Bathroom Bill (Bill S.502-Squadron/A.3358-Gottfried) for the tenth time in as many years. Friends of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms will recall that the Bathroom Bill—sometimes referred to as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA)—would make “gender identity or expression” a protected civil rights category…