What to Pray
- American Humanists Association v. Maryland – National Capital Park and Planning Commission: We are representing The American Legion in this case attacking the World War I Maryland Peace Cross located in Bladensburg, Maryland. In a recently filed lawsuit, the American Humanists are challenging the constitutionality of this historic veterans memorial. Please continue to pray as we defend this veterans memorial.
- City of Bellaire v. Bellaire Jewish Center: We are representing a Jewish synagogue that is being threatened by the City of Bellaire. This case is now set for trial on July 8. Please pray for wisdom and favor as we prepare this case for trial.
- FFRF v. Lew: We will be filing a friend-of-the-court brief in this case involving the constitutionality of the parsonage tax exemption. A federal district court in Wisconsin declared the parsonage tax exemption unconstitutional. The case is now on appeal to the Seventh Circuit. Please pray for favor as the judges consider the appeal of this case.
- Hewitt v. King, NC: In this case, Liberty Institute represents The American Legion in defending a veterans memorial located in a public park in King, NC. The case is set for trial July 7. Motions for summary judgment are pending before the court. Please pray for our attorneys as they prepare this case for trial and for the federal judge as he considers the pending motions.
- HHS Mandate Cases: Please pray for our cases on behalf of ministries and businesses challenging the constitutionality of the ObamaCare "Abortion Pill Mandate." That mandate requires employers to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, contraceptives and sterilization. The Abortion Pill Mandate forces many employers to violate their religious consciences by requiring them to fund something they consider to be the killing of an innocent human being. The U.S. Supreme Court held oral arguments on this issue last month. Please pray for the U.S. Supreme Court Justices as they consider this important case. Please also pray for wisdom for us as we continue to provide advice and counsel to our clients and begin to prepare lawsuit papers in new cases to be filed where we represent Christian colleges and ministries.
- 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 the Texas Workforce Commission conducts its investigation, as we deal with issues concerning claims of confidentiality in the state court pre-lawsuit proceeding, and as we continue with the prosecution of Craig’s charge of religious discrimination.
- Matthews v. Kountze ISD: Please continue to lift up in prayer our case where we present the Kountze Cheerleaders. The case is now before the Beaumont Court of Appeals and we are waiting on a decision. Please pray that the appellate court will uphold the trial court's judgment protecting the students’ religious liberty rights and overruling the school district's ban of banners containing religious messages at football games.
- Morgan v. Plano I.S.D.: Unfortunately, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit denied our appeal of our claim representing parents against school officials in the Candy Cane case. Please pray for wisdom, guidance and favor as we consider further appeal of that decision or proceeding with our claims in the District Court against the school district for violating the students’ religious liberty rights.
- 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 that sits outside the Oklahoma State Capitol in two separate lawsuits. The ACLU is representing a group of plaintiffs challenging this monument in state court. The American Atheists have also filed a lawsuit in federal court. In the federal court case, we filed a motion to dismiss last month. Please pray for our attorneys as we work on these important cases and for both the state and federal court judges assigned to these cases.
- Roman Catholic Diocese et al. v. City of Austin: Please continue to pray for our case representing Austin area pregnancy resource centers. This case was tried in April 2012. We are still waiting for a decision from the U.S. District Court in Austin. Please continue to pray for a favorable ruling from the Court upholding the First Amendment rights of these ministries.
- Schneider v. Congregation Toras Chaim: Please continue praying for us as we represent a Jewish synagogue that is being sued by an individual who does not want the synagogue in the neighborhood where he lives. Discovery and pre-litigation matters are proceeding. On Thursday, April 10, the State District Court in Collin County will conduct a hearing on our motion for summary judgment seeking dismissal of some of the claims asserted in the case. Please specifically pray for this hearing and for wisdom and favor as we continue preparing this case for trial.
- Town of Greece v. Galloway: This case deals with the constitutionality of prayer before government meetings. The case was argued at the U.S. Supreme Court in November and a decision is believed to be imminent. Specifically, please pray for the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court as they finalize their decision in this case.
- Trunk v. U.S. and Mt. Soledad Memorial Association: On behalf of the Mt. Soledad Memorial Association, the veterans group who erected and takes care of the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial, we filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking immediate review of the district court’s order requiring that the Memorial’s cross be torn down. Specifically, please pray for the Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court as they consider our petition for review.
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