Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman
I have TWO important developments I must tell you about. You may have already heard about the FIRST item on the news today, since it has been headlining on Fox News, World Net Daily, Politico, the Drudge Report, and many other media outlets…the U.S. Supreme Court granted Liberty Counsel’s Petition for Rehearing in the ObamaCare case of Liberty University et al v. Geithner!
The Supreme Court’s ruling says that Liberty Counsel’s “Day in Court” against ObamaCare is far from over! We will be sharing much more about this God-given opportunity to stop ObamaCare in the courts in coming days.
SECOND, today my team and I are intensely preparing for a major lawsuit challenging the latest outrageous legislation to come from California – a new law which actually forbids counselors from helping clients overcome sexual identity confusion or same-sex attractions! I will be in court on Friday for that landmark case.
We urgently need your prayers – and our nation needs your prayers – that BOTH of these landmark pieces of litigation continue to enjoy God’s favor and ultimate success.
SCOTUS rules that our case against ObamaCare will be reheard by Circuit Court
To say that I am extremely pleased with today’s Supreme Court ruling would be a huge understatement! Today’s ruling breathes new life into Liberty Counsel’s challenge to ObamaCare! This ruling is literally an answer to prayer. It means our fight against ObamaCare can go back into full swing. It also gives Liberty Counsel the leading case against ObamaCare in the nation and offers new hope for a ruling that ObamaCare is, as we have said all along, patently unconstitutional! With today’s ruling, the Supreme Court directed that our case be reheard at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.
At issue is the constitutionality of the employer mandate and also whether ObamaCare’s forced funding of abortion is unconstitutional under the First Amendment Free Exercise of Religion Clause and the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
ObamaCare MUST be struck down!
Congress clearly exceeded its power by forcing every employer to provide federally mandated insurance. But even more shocking is the abortion mandate, which collides with religious freedom and the rights of conscience. The fact that a highly technical and narrow ruling by the Supreme Court in June of this year found the President’s healthcare “reform” law to be permissible under the Constitution as a tax did not settle the issues contained in our lawsuit. That was why I felt we must file a petition for rehearing, and is likely the reason the Department of Justice agreed we should be reheard, and why the Supreme Court so ordered. We now have the most advanced case against ObamaCare in the judicial system. This may well pave the way for the case to return to the High Court in 2013 – before the law’s full implementation in 2014!
I firmly believe that God orchestrated this chain of events because of the fervent prayers of so many friends of Liberty Counsel! As you will remember, over 100,000 friends like you committed to prayer for our case and were listed in our Amici Book (Book of Friends) that accompanied me during our hearing at the court of appeals.
Now our case has been revived! Stay tuned for more exciting details as we move forward.
Second news flash: This Friday, we fight against one of the most outrageous laws ever passed by an American legislature.
California’s SB 1172 is a new law that bans any counseling to diminish or eliminate same-sex sexual attractions.
This outrageous law places the state between the client and the counselor… intrudes on the fundamental right of self-determination to seek counseling that aligns with the client’s religious and moral values… and forces counselors to overrule their clients who choose to prioritize their religious or moral values above unwanted same-sex sexual attractions.
SB 1172 is an astounding violation of the right to free speech and religious liberty. Clients have the right to receive information that aligns with their values, and counselors have the right and the duty to provide information to help the clients in pursuit of their right to self-determination. Under SB 1172, a young boy sexually molested by the likes of a Jerry Sandusky who develops an identity crisis, emotional stress, and who begins to experience unwanted same-sex attractions, will be further damaged by a law that deprives him and his family of the option to receive counsel that aligns with their religious and moral beliefs.
Last week, Liberty Counsel filed its legal arguments and rebuttal declarations in federal court relating to our challenge. This case will be heard in just a few days. We firmly believe that we can win this case, but we can’t be successful without the help of friends like you!
We know that when we show up for a court battle undergirded by your prayers and support, we win over 92% of the time.
Liberty Counsel must be ready to stand against assaults on our fundamental freedoms by any government or private entity – but we can only do it with your help!
Will you prayerfully consider making a tax-deductible gift right now so our team can continue to fight against the attacks of overreaching government, the ACLU, and the activities of other radical groups?
I believe that God has heard our prayers to be delivered from ObamaCare and opened this remarkable door for His people’s sake! But now we must spare no expense to make the most of this God-given opportunity!
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Government legislators have pushed far, far over the line!
California’s SB 1172 and ObamaCare are both examples of “legislators gone wild” – forcing laws onto the American public with reckless disregard for the right to free speech, religious liberty, and rights of conscience. Further, ObamaCare is the biggest funding of abortion in American history. Under the Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate, ObamaCare will for the first time require employers and individuals to directly fund abortion. Please help Liberty Counsel through prayer and financial support in our efforts to right these contemptible wrongs enacted by leftist legislators.
Please be watching for my important updates on both of these crucial legal battles this week.
Thank you and God bless you!
Mathew Staver, Founder and Chairman
P.S. The news today that we have another day in court against ObamaCare was a tremendous boost for every patriotic American. This week, we are also deeply involved in preparation for our case against California’s SB 1172 “change therapy” law.
In both cases, we face very formidable adversaries – but we know that we can win when we are undergirded by your prayers and support! I firmly believe that God has raised Liberty Counsel up for such a time as this and pray you share this belief. Please help us continue our vital work with a generous gift. Please stand with the Liberty Counsel litigation team with your financial support – today if at all possible. Again, thank you!