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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Say Your Goodbyes to the Last National Day of Prayer

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Jay, I prayed today.  I forgot that this was National Day of Prayer.  I hope no members of Congress objected to me acting on my own and basically not giving one hoot what they thought about it.  Maybe I should […]

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 – […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why There Are 59 Democrats In the Senate

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

I was over on Capitol Hill the day after the Senate election in Massachusetts. Democrats didn’t appear to be in a very good mood. With just a few days distance from the election, I think that there is only one […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sen. Kennedy Will Be Missed

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Today, our country has lost one of its strongest defenders of the Constitution, Sen. Edward M.Kennedy. He was a longstanding civil rights advocate and will be greatly missed. I issued this statement about Sen. Kennedy this morning via Americans United’s […]

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 […]

Volunteering Works, Vouchers Don’t

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Jay, I think it’s great that so many Americans want to volunteer for good causes, and I have no problem that many want to work with faith-based groups. Americans can volunteer for and/or donate to the charity of their choice; […]

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 […]

All Women Deserve Health Care with the Right to Choose

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Jay, any sensible health care reform plan is going to have to cover women’s reproductive health care more completely and equitably than the current system. We need to listen to those in the medical field as to what is the […]

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 […]

Good Questions: Yes; Pontifications and Disruptions: No

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Jay, of course senators on the Judiciary Committee should ask thoughtful questions about what we often refer to as “judicial philosophy” during the hearings on Judge Sonia Sotomayor.  There is only one problem: some members of the committee have already made it clear […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Government Asks People to Pray Really Hard on One Day in May

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Well, Jay, I enjoyed our debate last week at Gettysburg College and look forward to doing more live and in-person events.  I hope you are now satisfied that no students in Kentucky were threatened with arrest and that all of […]

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 […]

Vouchers Go Down; Irony Barely Survives

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Just yesterday, the Senate trounced the effort to create a kind of “voucher scheme forever” for the District of Columbia.  The vote was 58 opposed and 39 in favor.  The issue will not ever go away, of course, because the […]

Tell Rush Limbaugh: His Friends Are Leading Us To Socialism!

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Nevada Senator Jon Ensign has leaped into the debate over the District of Columbia’s school voucher program with both feet.  Although not usually known in Congress for his interest in education, his interest in ideology is apparent justification for attempting […]

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 […]

WHAT DOST THOU FEARETH?

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Jay, I know that my good friend Bill Press did get 2 United States Senators (that would be, out of 100) to say they’d consider a return of the Fairness Doctrine.  Some liberal commentators wish he hadn’t even asked. However, […]

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.

SENATE DOESN’T BUY FEAR TACTICS; PRESIDENT MIGHT

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

In spite of your best efforts, Jay, the United States Senate soundly rejected the argument that the stimulus package contained some terrible provision which would interfere with religious student groups meeting in buildings that might be funded by a few tax […]

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 […]

DEMOCRATS HELP LIMBAUGH

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

As you pointed out, Jay, earlier this week the Democrats handed Rush Limbaugh a major victory: they made him relevant again.  Of course, President Obama’s comment to the Republicans about not “listening” to Limbaugh was supposed to be ironic, as in, […]

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 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 […]

No Fix Needed in Apples and Oranges Matchup

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

I’m glad that you appear to agree with me that there is no obvious basis for believing the Supreme Court would surely rule the current “no partisan politicking” rule unconstitutional.  Of course, I don’t want to see a “fix” of […]

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” […]

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Another Blog To Enjoy!!!
Thank you for visiting LynnvSekulow. This blog is no longer being updated. Please enjoy the archives. Here is another blog you may also enjoy: Jay Sekulow: Faith and Justice  Happy Reading! ...

posted 11:26:38am Aug. 16, 2012 | read full post »

Another blog to enjoy!!!
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!!! ...

posted 10:36:04am Jul. 06, 2012 | read full post »

More to Come
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 ...

posted 4:52:22pm Dec. 02, 2010 | read full post »

Thanks for the Memories
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 ...

posted 12:24:43pm Nov. 21, 2010 | read full post »

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 ...

posted 11:46:49am Nov. 05, 2010 | read full post »

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