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Lynn v. Sekulow

Lynn v. Sekulow

Bio

Jay Alan Sekulow is Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a law firm and educational organization that focuses on constitutional law.  He is also Chief Counsel of the European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ).


Jay Sekulow has also served as a faculty member for the Office of Legal Education at the United States Department of Justice.  As a member of the faculty he instructed Assistant United States Attorneys and investigators in the First Amendment issues associated with prosecution of obscenity.


An accomplished and respected judicial advocate, Sekulow has presented oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court in numerous cases in defense of constitutional freedoms.


Several landmark cases argued by Sekulow before the U.S. Supreme Court have become part of the legal landscape in the area of religious liberty litigation.  In the Mergens case, Sekulow cleared the way for public school students to form Bible clubs and religious organizations on their school campuses.  In the Lamb's Chapel case, Sekulow defended the free speech rights of religious groups, ensuring that they be treated equally with respect to the use of public facilities.  And, most recently, in McConnell v. FEC, Sekulow ensured that the constitutional rights of young people remain protected with a unanimous decision by the high court guaranteeing that minors can participate in political campaigns.



A nationally recognized and respected defender of religious freedom, Sekulow has assembled one of the most prestigious law firms in the nation.  Founded in 1990, the American Center for Law and Justice focuses in constitutional law.  The ACLJ, under Sekulow's direction, is involved in public interest and public policy issues working to protect religious and constitutional liberties.

In 2007, the Chicago Tribune concluded that the ACLJ has "led the way" in Christian legal advocacy.  In 2005, TIME Magazine named Sekulow one of the "25 Most Influential Evangelicals" in America and called the ACLJ "a powerful counterweight" to the ACLU.  Business Week said the ACLJ is "the leading advocacy group for religious freedom."  Sekulow's work on the issue of judicial nominees - including possible vacancies at the Supreme Court - has received extensive news coverage including a front page story in The Wall Street Journal.  In addition, The National Law Journal has twice named Sekulow one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers" in the United States (1994, 1997).  He is also among a distinguished group of attorneys known as "The Public Sector 45" named by The American Lawyer (January/February 1997).  The magazine said the designation represents "45 young lawyers outside the private sector whose vision and commitment are changing lives."

Sekulow brings insight and education to listeners daily with his national call-in radio program, Jay Sekulow Live!, which is broadcast throughout the country on nearly 850 radio stations.  Sekulow also hosts a weekly television program, ACLJ This Week, which tackles the tough issues of the day and is broadcast on a number of networks nationwide including the Trinity Broadcasting Network and FamilyNet.  Sekulow is also a popular guest on nationally televised news programs on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, CNBC, and PBS.  He frequently contributes articles and commentary to national publications and is often quoted in the nation's leading newspapers including USA Today, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and Washington Times.



A graduate of Mercer University, Sekulow graduated cum laude receiving both a bachelor's degree and doctor of jurisprudence from Mercer University where he served on the Mercer Law Review as an editorial staff member.  Following graduation, Sekulow served as a tax trial attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Internal Revenue Service.  In that capacity, Sekulow prepared and brought to trial tax cases on behalf of the United States Department of Treasury in United States Tax Court.


He also received a Ph.D. from Regent University, with a dissertation on American Legal History, and is the author of numerous publications and law articles.


Sekulow serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for The Supreme Court Historical Society in Washington, DC.

More to Come

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   It’s hard to believe that we’ve been debating these constitutional issues for more than two years now in this space.  I have tremendous respect for you and wish you all the best in your new endeavors.   My […]

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President Obama: Does He Get It?

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   I would not use that label to identify the President.  I will say, however, that President Obama continues to embrace and promote pro-abortion policies that many Americans strongly disagree with.   Take the outcome of the election – […]

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Juan Williams’ Firing: Political Correctness Over the Top

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, it’s the ultimate in political correctness.  Losing your job for being honest – for expressing a feeling – a thought.  The problem is that in the case of former NPR journalist Juan Williams, an honest thought – expressing a […]

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Keep IRS Out of Churches & “under God” in the Pledge

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   For the past 56 years, the Internal Revenue Service has been a poorly qualified and often discriminatory watchdog of America’s houses of worship – selectively enforcing a law that censors the First Amendment free speech rights of religious […]

A Season of Change?

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, You?   One of “Satan’s imps” ???    No way.  More like a….witty, fearless – yet misguided – member of the Religious Left.  Barry, no one is trying to redefine those precious terms of “liberty” and “freedom.”  Why is it when […]

Every Day Should be Constitution Day

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   Like you, I always enjoy speaking before a college or university audience.  And, I am always impressed by the quality of questions asked by students.  My remarks at Hamilton College in New York coincided with Constitution Day.    The […]

Imam Rauf – No Bridge Builder at Ground Zero

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, Imam Rauf missed an important opportunity.  Instead, of coming forward and becoming the ‘bridge-builder’ that he so often proclaims to be, he told CNN that there’s no plan to move the Cordoba House project – building a $100 million dollar […]

A Question of Location, Not Tolerance

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   The fact is that a growing number of Americans – now 71% according to the latest CBS News poll – simply don’t believe the Ground Zero site is an appropriate site for the mosque.  I hope you’re not […]

Ground Zero: No Place for a Mosque

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, No one is advocating that mosques should not be built in New York City.  There are many just as there are churches, synagogues and other places of worship. What we’re saying, on behalf of our client – a NYC […]

What Happened to the Kagan Standard?

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,  I agree.  The confirmation hearings produced little when it came to clear and direct answers from Elena Kagan about her judicial philosophy – specifically how she views church/state issues. I can’t help but recall the words she used in […]

Back in Court on National Day of Prayer

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   While we don’t agree on the outcome of the Supreme Court decision in the case of  Christian Legal Society v. Martinez – there’s one thing that I suspect we see eye-to-eye on.  And that’s the fact that this […]

The Supreme Court Missed the Mark

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   This decision is both disappointing and troubling.  By a vote of 5-4, the Supreme Court dealt a damaging blow to First Amendment law for religious organizations in the case of  Christian Legal Society v. Martinez.    The Supreme […]

Another Faulty Federal Court Decision

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, Like many decisions recently by federal district courts – the decision by the federal district court in Connecticut prohibiting two Enfield School District high schools from holding their graduation ceremonies at First Cathedral was simply wrong. Unfortunately, the calendar […]

Barry, Thanks for Standing Up for NY Student

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,  Thanks for standing up for the rights of our client, Raymond Hosier, who was punished by a New York school district for wearing a Rosary to school.  By the way, I never considered your position on this issue “odd” […]

Is This REALLY True? Do We Have Agreement on the Rosary Case?

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I did a double-take today when I read a report in the Washington Times that you believe the New York school district was wrong in suspending our client, Raymond Hosier, for wearing a Rosary to school.   In punishing Raymond, […]

Court Clears Way for Student & Rosary to Return to School

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,  It took only a few hours before a federal court in New York acted on our request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and cleared the way for our client, 13-year-old Raymond Hosier of Schenectady who had been suspended indefinitely […]

The Rosary – A Gang Symbol?

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, With confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Kagan set to begin June 28th, we’ll soon find out how much we will learn about Supreme Court nominee Kagan. I want to turn now to a story developing in New York […]

What Does SCOTUS Nominee Elena Kagan Really Believe?

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   I’m glad were on the same page when it comes to calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to ask probing questions of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan at the upcoming confirmation hearings.   All we’ve seen so far […]

Questions for Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   The nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens comes as no surprise.  She was the leading candidate for weeks and in remarks announcing the nomination, President Obama said Kagan is […]

Legal Cloud Does Not Stop National Day of Prayer

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   Even with a flawed federal district court decision declaring the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional, prayer events are taking place coast-to-coast on this National Day of Prayer – as they should.   With this year’s event got more […]

Security & Terrorism = SCOTUS Changes

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   I understand the reasoning behind it.  And, regrettably, it’s become a sign of the times.  But, I can’t help but think that as a nation founded on the rule of law – and a legal system open to […]

Supreme Court Gets it Right in Memorial Cross Case

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,    Now, this is a significant victory worth celebrating. In a very closely-watched case, the Supreme Court ruled that a World War I memorial in California’s Mojave Desert that features a memorial cross can remain in place.      The […]

The Prayer Decision – Wrong is Wrong: The Appeals Process Moves Forward

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, It’s really the beginning of the end for Judge Crabb’s faulty decision.  The Department of Justice has filed its notice of appeal in the case clearing the way for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to […]

Prayer Decision Flawed

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, This decision hardly represents a ‘victory’ for religious liberty, as you suggest.  It’s more like a small setback in the ongoing battle to keep groups like Freedom From Religion Foundation from purging all religious references and observances from American […]

SCOTUS Speculation Intensifies

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,  It didn’t take long for the speculation to begin regarding President Obama’s nominee to replace the retiring Justice Stevens. In fact, the ‘name game’ is in high gear with a variety of ‘short lists’ circulating like this one from […]

Supreme Court Retirement: Here We Go Again

posted by Jay Sekulow

  Barry, the announcement was expected and as Justice John Paul Stevens notified the White House that he is stepping down after this term at the age of 90 – and more than 30 years at the high court – […]

Don’t Punish Organizations For Their Beliefs

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, you’re right.  This is a very important case.  In your assertions, though, you minimize the threat that blind enforcement of “non-discrimination” policies can pose to expressive associations such as the Christian Legal Society (CLS) who seek to ensure that […]

Supreme Court & Protecting Rights of Christian Groups

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I do believe the constitutional challenges against the health care law will succeed.  Specifically, in my view, it will be the Commerce Clause violation that ultimately will result in this law being declared unconstitutional.  It also seems very likely […]

From Congress to the Courts

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, It wasn’t want the American people wanted – but it’s what they got.  President Obama – with a last minute deal to secure the necessary votes – agreed to issue an Executive Order on the abortion funding issue in […]

In Texas & Washington, Elections Do Matter

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, Let’s not forget that in Texas, the boot was on the other foot, so to speak, for many years – where conservatives were the minority on the Texas Board of Education.    One conservative board member said the majority’s conservative […]

Welcomed Decisions by 9th Circuit on Pledge & National Motto

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I know we’ve got health care and the issue of textbook curriculum on the discussion pages, but I wanted to briefly report on a couple of decisions by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit – decisions […]

Putting Health Care on Hold as Curriculum Questions Arise

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I agree the polls on President’s health care reform plan are universally poor and I understand why most Americans believe the plan is not good for the economy and that we need to start over – an option that […]

Summit Reveals Real Goal in Health Care Debate

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   It was almost too much to watch.  Not that it was compelling television – it wasn’t.  Just the sheer amount of time (nearly eight hours) devoted to what amounted to nothing more than a photo-op for President Obama […]

A Photo-Op for Health Care?

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   Time to revisit health care reform and I am hopeful you will agree with me that this week’s Presidential Health Care Summit is shaping up to be nothing more than a photo opportunity for President Obama and the […]

Keep the Faith & the Ten Commandments Poster

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   I’m surprised you are not applauding the first year record of President Obama’s White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  The White House touts its first year accomplishments and says it has “brought people together across religious lines” […]

Transparency Remains Elusive

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   I agree with you on the fact that most Americans don’t like government ‘secrecy’ and in many respects the vote in Massachusetts clearly reflected a total disgust with the way Washington is operating – especially with health care […]

Seismic Shift in the Senate

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   We can continue our discussion on faith-based initiatives, but who would have thought that the Senate seat held for decades by Democrat stalwart Sen. Edward Kennedy would go to the Republicans?   The election of Senator Scott Brown […]

Nothing Alarming About Aid Going to Teen Challenge

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   There’s nothing “alarming” about Teen Challenge receiving federal funding merely because it is a Christian-based organization.   The receipt of government funds by organizations like Teen Challenge is entirely permissible, as those funds foster an important and secular […]

Keep Health Care Debate Open and Abortion-Free

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   It’s really not important about what I want in the final version of health care.  What’s important is what the American people want – and a clear majority doesn’t want federal health care funds to be used for […]

Health Care & Abortion: Part 2

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   We do have a rich and diverse nation and it is true that our country is full of a variety of faith traditions.  That’s what makes America so unique.   Unfortunately, our government leaders don’t always listen to […]

It’s Heritage, Not Religion and while we’re at it . . . Merry Christmas!

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry,   Nice try.  But, you’re not going to convince me that displaying our national motto or the words from the Pledge of Allegiance somehow constitute a government-sponsored religion. To the contrary, inclusion of these words in the Capitol Visitor […]

Abortion Funding …to be continued – Up Next: A God-free Capitol Visitor Center?

posted by Jay Sekulow

The run-up to debate in the Senate on health care and abortion is already producing some interesting comments.  The Senate bill offered by Senate Majority Leader Reid does not include any pro-life language like that of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment which […]

Congrats, Not Criticism, for the Catholic Church

posted by Jay Sekulow

There’s nothing wrong with the Catholic Church – or other churches – addressing the issue of abortion.  As you know, this country has a rich and welcomed history of turning to churches and houses of worship during the debate of […]

Why Push Planned Parenthood?

posted by Jay Sekulow

I knew you were a staunch supporter of Planned Parenthood, but there’s one comment in your response that really has stunned me.  And, that’s not easy to do.  I can’t believe that you really believe that it is “morally outrageous […]

No Halloween Outcry; Concern Over Use of Taxpayer Funds

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, we don’t get a lot of calls about Halloween.  Over the years, it’s not something we hear much about.  And this year is no exception.  What we are hearing about from a lot of folks, though, is the continued […]

Purging Religious References: If at First You Don’t Succeed . . .

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, you pose an interesting question.  I believe that end of life decisions should be made primarily between an individual and that individual’s family and trusted advisors, including spiritual counselors.  An individual should certainly be able to consult his physician, […]

Cross Should Survive Challenge

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I believe the Supreme Court ultimately will conclude that the plaintiff did not have legal standing here – that this challenge was legally flawed from the very start.    Merely being ‘offended’ does not give the plaintiff a legal […]

Mojave Cross – No Constitutional Crisis

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, it was good to see you today.  I always enjoy an opportunity to sit next to you during oral arguments at the Supreme Court – especially with a case like the one we witnessed today.  As we both know, […]

From Commandments to Pledge – Federal Court Win Upholding “Under God”

posted by Jay Sekulow

Ok, Barry – looks like we won’t agree on the Ten Commandments and what we consider to be the proper and constitutional displays present in Judge DeWeese’s courtroom.   Let’s try this one.    A federal district court in New […]

Keep the Commandments Constitutional

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I want to offer my congratulations to you and your family.  I’m sure your son’s wedding was, indeed, a great celebration.   I want to take a moment to discuss a topic you and I have debated from time […]

Concerns About the Baucus Health Care Bill

posted by Jay Sekulow

The bill  introduced to reform health care by Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) has splintered the Democrats and so far has no support among Republicans.  As reported earlier, Senators Grassley and Enzi, in fact, have expressed concerns about the abortion provisions.  […]

No Abortion Diversion, Just the Facts

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, even as another health care plan is being introduced into Congress, there’s a continuing – and a very real – concern about the issue of abortion. Senators Michael Enzi of Wyoming and Charles Grassley of Iowa have expressed their […]

President Obama Misses Critical Opportunity on Health Care

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, unfortunately President Obama squandered a prime-time audience and a Congressional address to do very little to move the ball forward regarding efforts to reform our health care system.    President Obama is losing support with the American people on […]

Protecting Conscience Rights of Pro-Life Pharmacists

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, there’s been an important development in the long-standing legal battle to protect the rights of pro-life pharmacists in Illinois.   The circuit court sitting in Springfield, Ill. has issued a preliminary injunction in the case of two pharmacy owners, […]

Post-Kennedy, What Next?

posted by Jay Sekulow

It did not take long for the media and politicos to start speculating about what the death of Senator Kennedy will mean to the current debate on health care and other vital issues.   Just hours after his death, a […]

Where’s the Outrage?

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I’m pleased to see that you brought up President Obama’s use of religion during his conference call designed to drum up additional support among religious Americans for his health care plan.  I’m glad that you’re concerned, but disappointed that […]

White House ‘Flagging’ Operation Disabled

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, it looks like the White House got the message:  its email ‘flagging’ operation appears to have been disabled.   As I reported to you last week, the White House launched in early August what can only be described as […]

Silencing the Critics

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, there’s a troubling pattern developing as the White House and Congressional leadership embark on a campaign to silence their critics – especially when it comes to concerns about health care.   Example One:  Last week, in an official White […]

Vouchers Work & Clear Constitutional Hurdles

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I don’t believe that school vouchers run afoul of the First Amendment, and neither does the Supreme Court.  In Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, a school voucher case, the Supreme Court explained that its Establishment Clause jurisprudence makes it clear that: […]

No Agreement on Health Care; How About Faith-Based Volunteerism?

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I know we won’t agree on the abortion/health care issue – but it’s worth noting that we have heard from more than 70,000 Americans (more than 60,000 online) who are demanding that Congress include an exclusion on abortion services to […]

Abortion Mandate in Health Care is Not “Choice”

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I disagree that “any sensible health care reform” is going to have to cover, as you call it “reproductive health care,” or as I would say, “abortion.”  Americans do not want their federal dollars paying for abortions.  Let me […]

No Mandated Abortion Coverage in National Health Care

posted by Jay Sekulow

In an effort to revamp the nation’s health care system, there’s a troubling development underway in the legislative process  Congress is considering health care legislation that would identify abortion as a health ‘benefit’ and mandate coverage of abortion services in […]

Which Sotomayor Will We Get?

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, let me answer your questions.   First, Judge Sotomayor’s answer that Roe v. Wade is “settled law” is not necessarily “a bad thing” if she is explaining the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence.  Chief Justice Roberts, at his confirmation hearing, acknowledged […]

Sotomayor Scrutiny Warranted

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, you call it ‘ideological bloviation’ – I call it raising serious questions about Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy. There are valid issues that need to be addressed:  It’s my hope that the Senate Judiciary Committee thoroughly examines Judge Sotomayor’s […]

Judge Sotomayor: Time for Tough Questions

posted by Jay Sekulow

The much anticipated hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor commence before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Barry, I am hopeful the Senators will ask the tough questions about her view of the Constitution and her judicial philosophy.   The Senate has […]

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, you and I often disagree on a variety of issues that focus on the interpretation of our constitutional rights.  But, I am sure you’ll agree that as we once again celebrate our nation’s independence, this is the perfect time […]

More Questions About Judge Sotomayor

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, today’s Supreme Court decision in Ricci v. DeStefano is sure to be a hot topic at the upcoming hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. The Court reversed a Second Circuit decision that was joined by Judge Sotomayor.   In […]

Time to Turn Up the Heat on Iran

posted by Jay Sekulow

It is a compelling scene – thousands in the streets of Iran – calling for freedom – fighting for free and fair elections.  And, Barry, what is most troubling – but not necessarily surprising – is the Iranian regime’s reaction […]

Peeps Put Focus on Landlord

posted by Jay Sekulow

I like Peeps, too.  Barry, the key issue is whether there is religious discrimination going on when it comes to the issue of the Easter Peeps. If the landlord is simply enforcing in an evenhanded manner a religion-neutral lease provision […]

PBS Decision Was Unwise and Unnecessary

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, “sectarian” programming should not be excluded from public broadcasting at a time when matters of faith and religion are so much in the news and in the hearts and minds of viewers.   Local public broadcast programming is supposed […]

Focus on the Killers, Not Law-Abiding Citizens

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I certainly want law enforcement officials to have all the tools they need to go after those who use violence to make their point – whether they open fire at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. taking the life […]

Supreme Court: Keep Cross & Reject Establishment Clause Challenge

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, we’ve discussed this before, but I wanted to bring you an update on our filing at the Supreme Court of the United States.  In the case of Salazar, Secretary of the Interior, et al., v. Buono, we have filed […]

Obama Opens Door – Now Action Must Follow

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, President Obama opened the door with a brief mention of religious freedom in his 55-minute speech to the Arab world. To his credit, he did bring up the importance of religious freedom, saying:  “Freedom of religion is central to […]

Obama Should Raise Issue of Religious Persecution

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I’ve just returned from Israel where we have opened an office in Jerusalem.  In addition to our work at the European Court of Human Rights in France, we are working out of Jerusalem on a number of cases involving […]

Sotomayor’s Judicial Philosophy is Key

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, the idea that Judge Sotomayor should be welcomed by conservatives because she has cited binding precedent from cases that I argued before the Supreme Court is absurd. The fact that a judge votes in my favor some of the […]

Supreme Court Nominee Named

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, today’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor  to replace Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court of the United States will generate serious debate about the issue of judicial activism on the nation’s highest court. As we learn about Judge […]

Nothing Wrong with Charter Schools

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, congratulations to your daughter on her graduation.  It is that time of year – my son just graduated from Regent University School of Law.   The New Jersey school sounds perfectly legitimate from a constitutional standpoint. The article states […]

No Standing to Challenge Memorials

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, you’re missing the point of memorial crosses like those at the Mojave National Preserve,  Mount Davidson, Mount Soledad, and thousands of other places across the country. They are not designed to honor God but rather to memorialize the fallen […]

Finalizing Arguments in Supreme Court Church/State Case

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, we’re preparing to file an amicus brief in a matter of weeks in a case that I know you are closely watching at the Supreme Court.  The high court agreed in February to take the case of Salazar v. Buono, […]

Rest Easy, Barry, Don’t Expect ‘Excessive Outreach’ to Right on Supreme Court Pick

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, don’t worry about it.  I really don’t think we’re going to see what you label as ‘excessive outreach’ to the Right by President Obama regarding his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Sure, the President is […]

From Graduation, to Supreme Court Vacancy

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, the big news, of course, is the reported retirement of Supreme Court Justice David Souter.  The news comes just 102 days into the Obama Administration and sets the stage for President Obama to move to put his liberal stamp on […]

Don’t Ban Student Religious Speech at Graduations

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I think the one thing we can agree on is that as long as graduation ceremonies take place across the country, there will be questions – concerns – and ongoing debate about what’s proper and what it not. What […]

It’s a Graduation Ceremony, Not a Church Service

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, as you know, many graduation ceremonies are held in churches around the country every year.  The reason for this is simple and has nothing to do with religion:  the church facility, in many communities, provides the space needed to […]

With Obama, The Criticism is About Substance, Not Style

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I really don’t understand what you are talking about.  Much of what President Obama is being criticized for revolves around substantive issues – not style.  And, it’s hardly “nitpicking” as you suggest.  A lot of troubling developments have occurred […]

Call DHS “Rightwing Extremism” Report What It Is: Offensive

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, let’s call this Homeland Security report on “Rightwing Extremism” what it is – offensive and insulting to millions of law-abiding citizens – including veterans and pro-life supporters – who exercise their constitutional rights to speak about issues that matter […]

A New Generation of Leadership

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, rest assured there is a new and vibrant generation of conservative Christians that are already engaging what are called the “Culture Wars.”  I personally have never liked that phraseology. This is really a clash of world views. There is […]

U.S. Sovereignty at Risk With Obama?

posted by Jay Sekulow

In this space, we talk about a variety of issues – mostly along ‘church/state’ lines.  Barry, I am concerned about something I see developing in our ‘state’ – in our nation – and I want to see what you think. […]

Dungy Meets Standards Set by Obama White House

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I’m surprised you vigorously oppose former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy joining the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  You cite his religious beliefs about marriage.  Would you have a different opinion if Dungy supported same-sex […]

Public Calls to Prayer are Legitimate

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, regarding the National Day of Prayer, it is certainly strong evidence that a practice is consistent with the First Amendment if it predates the Amendment and was supported by our Founding Fathers. This is especially true where, as here, […]

National Day of Prayer is Constitutional

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I’m sure you’re aware of a lawsuit filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) in Wisconsin challenging the constitutionality of a 1988 federal law giving the President the authority to designate the first Thursday in May as a […]

Prayer Police in Kentucky?

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, there’s a troubling situation in Kentucky – in a middle school – where police were actually called to the school after students – are you ready for this – where students were actually praying! That’s right.  A student at […]

Vouchers Support Parental Choice

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, what’s wrong with giving parents a real choice about what school to send their children to? Parents are in a much better position than you or I to decide whether the public schools in their community are providing a […]

Obama Keeps Abortion – Not Choice – Promises

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I am stunned by your defense of President Obama’s pro-abortion policies.   You say that you’re ‘delighted’ that he’s making good on his promises in this area.  Come on, Barry.  Level with me.  You know this is not about choice […]

A Pro-Abortion Presidential Push

posted by Jay Sekulow

President Obama has wasted little time since taking office staking out positions that are hostile to protecting human life.   Within days of taking the oath of office, President Obama signed an Executive Order repealing what’s been called the “Mexico […]

Supreme Court Gets It Right – Religious Displays OK

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, the Supreme Court today reached the proper conclusion in a case we argued in November.  Without dissent, the Justices issued what I believe is a landmark decision clearing the way for governments to accept permanent monuments of its choosing […]

Supreme Court: Keep the Cross

posted by Jay Sekulow

OK, Barry, it took a while – more than a few posts – but I am pleased you finally articulated your opposition to bringing back the Fairness Doctrine. I only hope you can agree with me on this one. The […]

White House Breaks Silence on Fairness Doctrine

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, what’s with the White House when it comes to the Fairness Doctrine? First, silence from the White House on whether President Obama supports a return to this troubling regulatory measure.  White House spokesman Robert Gibbs repeatedly has refused to […]

Fairness Doctrine – By Any Other Name – Still Unfair

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, it’s impossible to ignore the ongoing discussion and renewed calls from members of Congress to bring back the Fairness Doctrine or what many are saying will be legislation that will go by a different name. 

What Will President Obama Do Next?

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I don’t think anyone really has a clue on how President Obama plans to move forward with his faith-based efforts.  I am not sure the even the President knows at this point.

Don’t Force Christian High Schools to Change Curriculum

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, there’s another troubling development in the education world – this one is not about stimulus funds for higher education facilities – this centers on high school curriculum and focuses directly on what’s being taught in many Christian high schools […]

Religious Discrimination – Not Economic Stimulus

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, as debate unfolds on the economic stimulus package on Capitol Hill, we’ve already seen some of the ‘spending’ priorities of this new Administration and Congress.   President Obama wasted no time in issuing an Executive Order clearing the way for […]

Leave Talk Radio Alone

posted by Jay Sekulow

With each passing day comes more concern about conservative talk radio.  Now, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched an online petition targeting Rush Limbaugh.  That comes just days after President Obama told Republican lawmakers that “they can’t just listen to […]

A Pro-Abortion President

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, it’s clear that this President is working quickly to overturn many of the policies of his predecessor.  But, what is most troubling in the flurry of Executive Orders issued by President Obama in the hours of his new presidency, […]

Intriguing Inaugural Invocation

posted by Jay Sekulow

After much speculation, Rick Warren, pastor of the Saddleback Church, delivered the invocation at the inaugural ceremony – a prayer that was heartfelt and true to his faith tradition.   Warren offered an inclusive prayer for a nation comprised of […]

‘Green Light’ for Inaugural Prayer

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, the federal district court in Washington reached the only conclusion it could:  the court decided it could not step in and stop the prayers scheduled for the Presidential inauguration next week and cannot prevent President-elect Obama from ending his […]

No Constitutional Crisis With Inaugural Prayers

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, once again, another legal challenge that you probably support – a federal lawsuit filed by Michael Newdow attempting to stop the mention of God at the inauguration of President-elect Obama and the inclusion of prayers at the inaugural ceremony […]

Differences & Common Ground

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, as you know, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney attracted a wide variety of supporters in his run for the Republican Presidential nomination.  And, as you correctly point out, I supported Governor Romney in my individual capacity.  I believe that […]

Israel Must Defend Itself from Terrorism

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I just returned from the Middle East where I witnessed firsthand the terror that the Israelis face from the longstanding attacks by Hamas – rockets launched into Israel causing death, injury and terror.   I was in two Israeli […]

Illinois Supreme Court: Pro-Life Pharmacists to Get Day in Court

posted by Jay Sekulow

It’s been a busy time for Illinois Governor Blagojevich at the Illinois Supreme Court.  Last week, the state’s highest court refused to hear a case involving a challenge to the Governor’s fitness to remain in office as he battles corruption […]

Christmas Displays are Constitutional

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, the First Amendment does not require the government to strip the public arena of references to holidays that the vast majority of Americans observe.   In the Rhode Island case you referred to, the Supreme Court noted that “[i]t […]

Nativity Scenes and Atheist Signs

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, we should not expand federal or state reporting requirements for churches that support or oppose legislation/ initiatives, just as we should not continue the gag rule on political speech from the pulpit.   On a different note, you’ve probably […]

Proposition 8: Respecting the Will of the People

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, contested issues of public policy, such as the definition of marriage, should be settled at the ballot box, not through violence or the actions of activist judges. It is unfortunate that you would try to link the defense of […]

Under the Magnifying Glass

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, you are right on target.  It is certainly up to President-elect Obama and his wife to make the best decision possible for the education of their two daughters.  This is a private, family matter. But, as we both know, […]

Government Can Craft Its Own Message

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, the reason that you had “many moments of doubt” during the argument is that the Pleasant Grove City v. Summum case is about the meaning of a different provision of the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law . […]

Barry, Do You Want a Statue of Tyranny?

posted by Jay Sekulow

It was an hour of spirited, lively debate before the Supreme Court.  And, now that oral arguments have concluded and the case is in the hands of the Justices, I am hopeful that the Supreme Court will determine that the […]

Supreme Court Must Protect Nation’s Heritage Displayed in America’s Cities

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, as you note, the Summum group did not bring an Establishment Clause challenge in this case.  In this First Amendment case, we believe the Supreme Court is faced with an easy choice:  preserve sound precedent involving the well-established distinction […]

A Short Honeymoon

posted by Jay Sekulow

President-Elect Obama is rapidly moving to get up to speed on the many issues he is facing.  It’s clear that the economy, which was by far the key issue in the election, is also front-and-center in this post-election/pre-inauguration window.  And, […]

Pray For Those in Authority

posted by Jay Sekulow

With the history-making election of our first African-American president, Barack Obama begins an important transition time leading up to the inauguration in January.  He will face many challenges – a faltering economy, the need to protect our great nation from […]

Let the Prognosticators Do Their Thing

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, you’re right about the volume of election predictions.  Everyone has a prediction and while your pre-election analysis is interesting, the fact is that anything can happen in this election.   There is one thing that you don’t need a […]

Appeals Court OK’s Legislative Prayer

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, as you know, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued an important ruling earlier this week on the constitutionality of prayer before legislative bodies.   In Cobb County, Georgia, a few local taxpayers challenged the County […]

“Enough With the Speech Police”

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, the examples you cited show precisely why the IRS gag rule should be repealed. When the IRS investigates pro-life churches who speak out in defense of the unborn during the election season, it has a chilling effect on other […]

Public Schools and the First Amendment

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I never said that the use of a pro-Obama textbook violates anyone’s First Amendment rights, but it does illustrate the importance of parents reviewing their child’s textbooks, getting involved in electing school board members, and being active at school […]

Inside the Classroom: Pro-Obama Textbook?

posted by Jay Sekulow

These are very interesting times.  Especially when it comes to what’s taking place in our public schools.  Barry, I don’t know if you’ve seen the news reports about the controversy in Wisconsin where school officials approved the use of a textbook […]

Two Very Different Views on Abortion

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, to address your critique of a McCain supporter’s prayer: people of all faiths are entitled to pray as they see fit. There is nothing wrong with wanting our government leaders, who make decisions that have a profound impact on […]

The Final Debate – An Important Opportunity

posted by Jay Sekulow

The fact that tonight represents the final debate between Senators McCain and Obama at Hofstra University on Long Island also marks the final opportunity for these two candidates to address – in a debate format – key issues that have […]

Supreme Court: A Top Priority

posted by Jay Sekulow

While Senator McCain’s comment that you referred to wasn’t the best phrase he could have selected, Michelle Obama has said she was not offended by it, and it should not divert attention away from discussion of the real issues.   […]

Candidates Miss Opportunity to Debate Supreme Court Nominations

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I am sure you are as disappointed as I am – not one word mentioned in the 90-minute debate about the importance of judicial nominations or the Supreme Court of the United States.  With the election less than a […]

Agreement on the Importance of Supreme Court Nominations

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I agree that constitutional issues and the importance of Supreme Court nominations should get more coverage during this Presidential campaign. I would like to see this issue discussed at the debate tonight even if Tom Brokaw does not bring […]

Religious Asylum Claims in the United States

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, your discussion of the United States’ record in religious asylum cases brought to mind another case we have worked on. We filed an amici curiae brief with a U.S. district court in Pennsylvania along with our international affiliate in […]

UK Judge Recognizes Grave Threat Posed to Converts from Islam to Christianity

posted by Jay Sekulow

We recently received word of a landmark victory for religious freedom in a case we’re handling in the United Kingdom. We represent a Syrian married couple who are both former Muslims who became evangelical Christians. The husband was training to […]

A Legislative Fix is Needed

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I am sympathetic with the frustration felt by many pastors who try to fully articulate their religious worldviews during the election season while having to censor themselves due to the IRS gag rule. As I have stated before, I […]

“Big Brother” Has Got to Go

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, we both agree that our constitutional tradition continues to recognize the freedom to speak from the pulpit about the moral issues of the day. We obviously disagree, however, on whether “Big Brother” government surveillance, investigation, and punishment of churches […]

Religious Leaders Make Mistake in Meeting with Iranian President Ahmadinejad

posted by Jay Sekulow

In an inexplicable move, some religious organizations will host a dinner reception on September 25 for one of the world’s most renowned terrorist supporters, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He has been asked to speak on the topic, “Has Not One […]

No Need for Answers

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, you can stop waiting for answers. It looks like you are just trying to put the worst-possible spin on the Values Voters Summit to detract from the serious issues of importance to evangelicals that were considered there.   I […]

Candidates’ Outreach to Religious Voters is Worth Watching

posted by Jay Sekulow

As the Presidential campaigns enter the final seven weeks before the election, it will be interesting to watch how evangelical Christians, Catholics, and other religious voters respond to the outreach efforts of both sides.   The Obama campaign has taken […]

Jury Verdict: Religious Discrimination Won’t Be Tolerated

posted by Jay Sekulow

Metro Nashville, Tennessee has discovered a valuable lesson:  Religious discrimination is a serious charge and one that can be very costly.   We represented Teen Challenge, a Christian-based organization that provides assistance to young people dealing with addiction.  The organization […]

Some Agreement Here?

posted by Jay Sekulow

It sounds like we may agree on some points again. The government is on shaky ground when it interferes with private speech due to its content, especially when private religious speech is targeted due to government disagreement with the message […]

HHS Proposal: Protecting the Freedom of Conscience

posted by Jay Sekulow

It is not surprising that abortion-on-demand advocates are clamoring over the latest effort to protect the right of conscience of health care providers, but the proposed regulation provides needed protection for health care providers without endangering patient health.   The […]

Candidates Should Attend Values Voter Summit

posted by Jay Sekulow

Senator McCain and Governor Palin should attend the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit this upcoming weekend. The event has featured many well respected speakers in the past including “Sean Hannity, Tony Snow, Dr. Bill Bennett, Newt Gingrich, Governors Mitt […]

Let the Debates Begin!

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I’m sure you really don’t want to go down the ‘experience’ road with this election.  Sarah Palin has a proven track record of success.  In his address to the Republican National Convention, former New York Mayor and presidential candidate […]

God Bless You and God Bless America!

posted by Jay Sekulow

No matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat, no one can deny the fact that Sarah Palin, the Governor of Alaska and now the Republican Nominee for Vice President of the United States, gave a phenomenal speech at […]

Evolution as the New “Dogma”

posted by Jay Sekulow

It is unfortunate that Barry implies that Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and the millions of other Americans who believe that a creator designed human life, are anti-science while those who believe that human life randomly evolved from non-living chemicals […]

VP Nominee Palin Understands America’s Heritage

posted by Jay Sekulow

As I mentioned previously, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the Republican Vice Presidential candidate, signed a proclamation which declared a week in October 2007 as “Christian Heritage Week” in Alaska. Governor Palin’s acknowledgment of our nation’s history and heritage is welcomed […]

McCain Chooses Pro-Life, Conservative Christian Woman as VP Running Mate

posted by Jay Sekulow

Sen. John McCain is announcing that he has selected Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his Vice Presidential Running Mate. Gov. Palin is now the second female vice-presidential candidate to represent one of the major parties.   Social conservatives are pleased […]

Here’s Your Constitutional

posted by Jay Sekulow

I’m glad to see that we can agree that Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito upheld First Amendment rights against overzealous regulation of political speech. In my view, however, the IRS restrictions on candidate endorsement are another example of “over-regulation […]

The Supreme Court and a “Living Constitution”

posted by Jay Sekulow

Rejecting the idea of a “living Constitution” simply means that a Justice will respect the authority allotted to the legislative and executive branches (and the state governments) by the actual language of the Constitution and will not create new “rights” […]

Obama-Biden and the Supreme Court: A Stark Contrast

posted by Jay Sekulow

Senator Obama’s selection of Senator Joe Biden of Delaware will, undoubtedly, represent a sharp contrast with Senator McCain and his running mate.  As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, the issue of the direction of the Supreme Court of the […]

Religion and Politics: The Rest of the Story

posted by Jay Sekulow

The trends that Barry cited are interesting, but the Pew Research poll has other important findings that should be noted:   ·         “Roughly comparable numbers say political leaders express their religious beliefs too much (29%), too little (36%) or the […]

Do we have an agreement?

posted by Jay Sekulow

It sounds like we have some agreement here, at least with respect to a conscientious refusal to take human life.   For example, we would both likely support a Louisiana conscience clause that states that no doctor or other person […]

A Conscience Clause is Needed

posted by Jay Sekulow

The California Supreme Court decision in North Coast illustrates the need to protect doctors and other professionals who hold sincerely held religious beliefs through “conscience clause” legislation and state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts. The same principles could apply in situations […]

You Have the Right to Remain Silent

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I think Senator’s staff handled this properly. He played by the rules. He is not under an obligation to give any of us a detailed account of who he was talking to. I can’t imagine that they would just […]

Saddleback Forum Meets Its Purpose

posted by Jay Sekulow

I want to make a couple observations concerning Barry’s recent post on the Saddleback Forum.  First, the concern that I had regarding the content of the questioning was certainly alleviated during the presentation. Throughout the two-hour Saddleback Forum, we learned […]

Sen. McCain answers the question

posted by Jay Sekulow

  Sen. McCain’s response to the question concerning judges was true to his bipartisan nature. He responded,”with all do respect, I would not have nominated Justice Ginsburg (Pres. Clinton), Justice Breyer (Pres. Clinton), Justice Souter (Pres. George H.W. Bush) or Justice Stevens (Pres. Ford).”  Sen. […]

Good Question Rick

posted by Jay Sekulow

I am watching the Saddleback Presidential Forum. Sen. Obama is currently being questioned by Rick Warren. Rick just framed the Supreme Court question in a very interesting way. Rather than the typical “Who is your favorite Justice?” question, Rick asked […]

Who is preparing Rick Warren?

posted by Jay Sekulow

I have received a large number of emails today from people concerned about who is preparing Rick Warren for the forum. Barry suggested Rick should not be the one asking the questions. The rumors are that a “religious left group” […]

Presidential Politics & the Church and Victory for a Judge

posted by Jay Sekulow

Barry, I am still waiting for the call to moderate The Saddleback Civil Forum on Leadership and Compassion with you.  But alas, no offers.  Look, I think it’s absolutely fine for the candidates to appear at Saddleback Church.  If the NAACP offers […]

Presidential Politics & the Church – a Purpose Driven Forum

posted by Jay Sekulow

Let me say at the outset, that I am a fan of Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church in California.  His book, The Purpose Driven Life, has encouraged tens of thousands of people, and his ministries have had a global […]

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Thank you for visiting Lynn V. Sekulow. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here is another blog you may also enjoy: Jay Sekulow's Faith and Justice Happy Reading!!! ...

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Barry,   It's hard to believe that we've been debating these constitutional issues for more than two years now in this space.  I have tremendous respect for you and wish you all the best in your new endeavors.   My friend, I'm ...

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Well Jay, the time has come for me to say goodbye. Note to people who are really happy about this: I'm not leaving the planet, just this blog.As I noted in a personal email, after much thought, I have decided to end my participation and ...

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President Obama: Does He Get It?
Barry,   I would not use that label to identify the President.  I will say, however, that President Obama continues to embrace and promote pro-abortion policies that many Americans strongly disagree with.   Take the outcome of ...

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