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Lynn v. Sekulow

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Ground Zero Hypocrisy

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Jay, The “Ground Zero Mosque” debate continues. I appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” on Friday evening to discuss the issue with Walid Shoebat – a man who claims he’s a Muslim terrorist turned Christian. Because of Shoebat’s […]

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Religious Discrimination At Its Worst: ACLJ Lawsuit Must Fail

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Jay, You must REALLY like the Burlington Coat Factory. That’s the only logical explanation I can come up with for why the American Center for Law and Justice, which claims it’s all about preserving Americans’ religious freedom, would file a […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Happy Holidays to you, Jay!

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Jay, I’m glad you brought this up. I’d like to know, what’s wrong with saying “Happy Holidays” and “Seasons Greetings” anyway?  Isn’t the Christmas spirit about being welcoming, loving and peaceful to all? Don’t you think when certain Religious Right […]

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, […]

Miss California: Look Pretty, Don’t Preach–Anything Wrong With That?

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

I should begin by noting that I hate beauty pageants. Judging women, in whole or in large part, by appearances is a sexist and anachronistic affront to an entire gender. I must admit, however, that the latest wrinkle in the […]

From Pre-Born to Already Born

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Not surprisingly, we have such a different view about fetuses and their alleged “rights” that we haven’t resolved the issue of coverage of “reproductive health” and abortion in the healthcare bill. You would grant constitutional rights to what the Religious […]

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 […]

Probably Not the Best Time For Lectures In Mideast

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

As you know, Jay, I am not unsympathetic to the plight of the many of the people you represent around the world.  There are strong human rights arguments to be made in asylum cases in Europe–and frankly strong ones to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Jay, You’re Condemning Obama For Being Obama

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Jay, you may be the only person in America who is shocked (yes,shocked) that President Obama is making good on campaign promises. During thecampaign, Obama was open about his pro-choice views on abortion. He vowed tooverturn the regressive (and frankly […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

PEACE CHURCHES: Why Not Ask Iran About Peace?

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Jay, you are half right in discussing the reception (I’m not sure why you characterized it as a “celebration”) to be given by 25 significant religious groups for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  He is, of course, a revolting figure in […]

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 […]

Freedom of Religion Is Absolutely Protected; Fraud Not So Much

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

We both know that law enforcement officials can investigate”fraud” without passing new laws against specific activities like reading Tarotcards.  In fact back in l944 the SupremeCourt allowed the Postal Service to investigate something called the “I Am”movement that was soliciting […]

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 […]

Predicting the Future: In Defense of Fortunetelling

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Jay, maybe we should take a breath from national politicsfor a few days and get local.  I live in Montgomery County, Maryland,just outside of Washington.  I was quite surprised to learn from a gueston my radio show that diviners or […]

“NO NON-CHRISTIAN HERITAGE WEEK”

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

As some posters have already relayed to you, if this ticket doesn’t deliver the conservative evangelical vote it is hard to imagine what would. You are certainly accurately describing her “Christian Heritage Week” resolution as a “real controversy”. As you […]

DEMS HAD AND GOT RELIGION

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

First, let me assure every reader that the Democratic Party and the Republican Party and every other party can do anything they want or nothing at all to formally recognize the religious in their midst.  Second, let me assure you […]

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 […]

CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT: ANOTHER BIG WIN FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

posted by Rev. Barry W. Lynn

Today the Supreme Court of California issued an extremely important decision in a case which addressed the issue: does the right of religious freedom exempt a medical clinic’s physicians from complying with a state law that bars discrimination based on […]

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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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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