SPECIAL BREAKING MATTER PRAYER REQUEST
City of Dallas v. Congregation Toras Chaim – On Monday, March 2, 2015, the City of Dallas sued Congregation Toras Chaim, a small Orthodox Jewish community in North Dallas. This same group of Jewish families just won a lawsuit filed by a disgruntled neighbor to keep the small community from meeting in a private home for prayer, worship and religious study. The City of Dallas filed the new lawsuit, which could shut down the Jewish families’ right to freely exercise their religious beliefs, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the U.S. Congress on Tuesday night, March 3, 2015, and on the eve of the Jewish observance of Purim, celebrating Esther’s protection of the Jewish people from execution by Haman. Please pray for our attorneys as we prepare to defend this Jewish congregation.
American Humanists Association v. Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission – We are representing The American Legion in this case attacking the Bladensburg (MD) World War I Veterans Memorial. In a lawsuit filed last year, the American Humanists are challenging the constitutionality of this historic veterans memorial. On behalf of The American Legion, we have intervened into this case. Discovery is now under way with several depositions occurring over the next few weeks. Please pray for our attorneys as they continue to work on this case.
Banks v. Ford Motor Company and RGBSI - We filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC on behalf of Tom Banks against his former employers, Ford Motor Company and Ford contractor, RGBSI, who unlawfully terminated him because of his religious beliefs. Please pray for Mr. Banks’ claim as we seek a resolution with his employers.
Christian and Missionary Alliance Foundation, Inc., et al. v. Burwell – We are representing four CMA retirement communities and two CMA colleges in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the HHS Abortion Pill Mandate in federal court in Fort Myers, Florida. Last month, the Court granted our request for a preliminary injunction prohibiting enforcement of the mandate. Please pray for our attorneys as they continue to work on this case.
Cornerstone Church v. Town of Bayview (TX) – We represent Cornerstone Church by the Bay, its pastor Hamilton Musser, and Laguna Madre Christian Academy in a lawsuit against the Town of Bayview, Texas for enacting an illegal zoning ordinance prohibiting the church and religious school from operating on its own property. The Court granted our request for a preliminary injunction on November 24. We are now working with the City to resolve the matter. Please pray for a successful resolution.
Eschliman v. Shaw Media – We filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC on behalf of Bob Eschliman, the former Newton Daily News editor-in–chief, against his former employer, Shaw Media, who unlawfully terminated him because of his religious beliefs. Please pray for favor with the EEOC as they continue to investigate this claim.
First Presbyterian Church, Auburn, NY v. Auburn, NY – We are defending a local church from a City’s citation for code violations for holding a summer music camp on its property. The Court has set this matter for an evidentiary hearing in April. Please pray for our attorneys as they continue to work on this matter and for the Court as it considers our motion seeking dismissal of this case prior to a final hearing.
Hastings Auto v. Burwell – In December, the U.S. District of Court of Minnesota issued a permanent injunction against the federal government prohibiting enforcement of the HHS Abortion Pill Mandate against our clients Hastings Automotive, Inc., Hastings Chrysler Center, and owner Doug Erickson. We are now in the process of requesting that our clients’ insurer follow the Court’s order and seeking the recovery of the attorneys' fees incurred in this case. Please pray that the insurer will honor the Court’s decision without any further delay and for favor as we work on our request for attorneys’ fees.
Holland v. Burwell – In this case, we are seeking a permanent injunction against the federal government’s HHS Abortion Pill Mandate on behalf of Joseph Holland, Jr. and his car dealership, Holland Chevrolet. Please pray for favor as the Court considers our request for a permanent injunction.
Insight for Living Ministries v. Burwell – We filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the HHS Abortion Pill Mandate in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas representing Pastor Chuck Swindoll’s international Bible teaching ministry. In November, the federal district court granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting the federal government’s enforcement of the HHS Abortion Pill Mandate. The government is appealing this decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Please pray as we work on the appeal.
James v. Fox Sports – Please continue to pray for our case representing Craig James against his former employer, Fox Sports, who terminated him because of his views concerning marriage. We specifically ask for prayer as we proceed with a charge of religious discrimination before the Texas Workforce Commission and begin to prepare for a lawsuit.
Chaplain (Captain) Joe Lawhorn v. U.S. Army – We are representing U.S. Army Chaplain Joe Lawhorn, who was punished for discussing his personal faith during suicide prevention training. The U.S. Army has issued Captain Lawhorn a Letter of Concern to be placed in his permanent file. Please pray for favor and wisdom as this matter proceeds through the U.S. Army administrative process.
Matthews v. Kountze ISD – We filed a petition asking the Supreme Court of Texas to protect the religious liberty and free speech rights of the Kountze cheerleaders and guarantee their right to display religious messages on run-through banners at Kountze ISD sporting events. The Supreme Court has requested further briefing. Please pray for favor as the Texas Supreme Court decides whether to accept this case for review.
Morgan v. Plano ISD – The “candy cane” case is back in the federal district court (after several trips to the 5th Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court). We are now proceeding with discovery on our claims against the school district for violating the constitutional rights of our clients. Please pray for our attorneys as the work on this case and seek a final resolution in case that has been pending for almost ten years.
Prescott v. Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission & American Atheists v. Thompson – Along with the Attorney General of Oklahoma, we are defending the Oklahoma Ten Commandments’ display in two separate lawsuits. The ACLU is representing a group of plaintiffs who challenged this monument in state court. In October, the judge ruled that the Ten Commandments monument is constitutional in the state court matter. The ACLU is appealing this ruling to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The American Atheists have also filed a lawsuit in federal court. Discovery is under way in the federal court case. We have also filed a motion seeking dismissal of the case. Please pray for our attorneys as they work on the federal court matter and as the Oklahoma Supreme Court considers the state court matter.
Religious Liberty Audits for Churches and Ministries – In 2014, Liberty Institute began a new initiative to protect religious ministries from future legal attacks. We are currently helping over 50 churches and ministries. Please pray for our attorneys as they work with ministry leaders throughout the country to ensure they are adequately protected and prepared.
Roman Catholic Diocese et al. v. City of Austin – At the end of June, we received the Court’s order granting us victory in this case where we represent Austin area pregnancy resource centers challenging the constitutionality of an Austin ordinance that caused them to post a false and misleading sign outside their offices. The court declared the ordinance unconstitutional. The City did not appeal this decision. We are now in the process of seeking the recovery of the attorneys' fees incurred in this case. Please pray for favor as the Court considers our request for the recovery of our attorneys’ fees.
Schneider v. Congregation Toras Chaim – Please continue praying for us as we represent a Jewish Rabbi and his synagogue that were sued by an individual and the neighborhood homeowners’ association who do not want the Jewish congregation to meet for worship in a private home. Last month, the Court ruled in our favor. The other side is now considering an appeal. Please pray for a successful resolution of this matter preserving our clients’ victory.
Trunk v. U.S. and Mt. Soledad Memorial Association – Our case defending the constitutionality of the historic Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial is now again before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Please pray for our attorneys as they work on this case and the judges of the Ninth Circuit as they consider our appeal.
Tutka v. Phillipsburg (NJ) School District – In December, we received a Final Determination letter from the EEOC stating that our client, Walt Tutka, was indeed discriminated against by his former employer, a school district in New Jersey. The school district fired Mr. Tutka, a teacher, for handing a student a Bible, who had requested it. Praise God for the victory in that the EEOC found the matter in favor of our client. Please now pray for final resolution of this matter as the EEOC seeks to reach a conciliation agreement with the school district on behalf of Mr. Tutka.
Walsh v. State of Georgia – We filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC on behalf of Dr. Eric Walsh against his former employer, the State of Georgia Department of Public Health, who unlawfully terminated him because of his religious beliefs. Please pray for favor with the EEOC as they investigate this claim.
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