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Preserving Religious Liberty

NYCF opposes all initiatives that seek to limit the fundamental rights of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the free exercise of religion, and supports equal access for Christian students and for churches and Christian groups that use public buildings.

Obamacare Repeal Proving Tricky For Republicans

By NYCF | Feb 17, 2017

Imagine that you are in a time machine. That time machine takes you back to February 2011…or February 2012…or even February of last year. Once you are back in the past, someone asks you, “Wouldn’t it be great if Republicans took control of both Houses of Congress and the White House in 2016, and had…

Church Taxation Bill Defeated In Assembly Committee

By NYCF | Feb 6, 2017

For the second year in a row, a church taxation bill opposed by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has been defeated at the committee level. Bill A.235 (Gunther) would amend the Real Property Tax Law to allow fire districts to impose special ad valorem levies and special assessments against “otherwise tax exempt real property,” including…

Cuomo Actions Assure Continued Access To Free Abortion And Contraception

By NYCF | Jan 29, 2017

Last week, Albany Update reported on the possibility—discussed in a New York Daily News piece—that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s already-significant use of his executive authority might increase this year due to his deteriorated relationship with the State Legislature. In that commentary, we asked, “If the Governor truly does ‘go it alone’ more often this year, what…

Assembly Passes Abortion Expansion Again

By NYCF | Jan 23, 2017

Over the years, the New York State Assembly has repeatedly demonstrated its misguided support for late-term abortion expansion. Sadly, that support has continued into the New Year.       On January 17, 2016, the Assembly rammed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) (S.2796-Krueger/A.1748-Glick) through two committees, brought it to the floor, and passed it by…

Comprehensive Contraception Bill Is A Prescription New York Doesn’t Need

By NYCF | Jan 23, 2017

On January 17, the New York State Assembly pushed through an anti-life bill known as the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act (CCCA) (Bill A.1378 – Cahill).       Originally the brainchild of pro-abortion New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (pictured), the CCCA would require all group insurance policies issued or renewed after January 1, 2018…

Congress Moving Forward With Obamacare Repeal

By NYCF | Jan 23, 2017

It’s still only January, but the U.S. Congress has already taken important steps toward the repeal and replacement of Obamacare in 2017. On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Senate voted, 51-48, to pass a budget proposal that calls for Obamacare repeal. As Politico explains, “The budget [does] not become law. It does, however, provide for…

Erie County Legislator Promotes Ban On Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

By NYCF | Dec 20, 2016

For several years, LGBT activists have engaged in a nationwide campaign to silence those who dare to speak the truth that sexual orientation can change, and to punish those who help others wishing to pursue that change. As part of that campaign, New York State Sen. Brad Hoylman has introduced the Counselor Coercion Bill, which…

It’s Now Or Never For Obamacare Repeal

By NYCF | Dec 4, 2016

The results of this year’s elections have—for the first time—given congressional Republicans a realistic opportunity to repeal and replace Obamacare. They have also given congressional Republicans a realistic opportunity to defund Planned Parenthood. Now, the question is: How? Recently, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms signed on to a letter from pro-life leaders across the nation…

AirBNB Promotes Left-Wing Perspectives

By NYCF | Nov 21, 2016

In June of this year, the New York State Legislature passed legislation creating additional financial penalties for persons who advertise unlawful short-term apartment rentals. (It is against New York law to rent an entire apartment in a Class A multiple dwelling for less than 30 days.) Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill into law on…

Christian Florist Faces Court For Conviction Regarding Marriage

By NYCF | Nov 21, 2016

On November 15, the Washington Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers. This case involves Barronelle Stutzman, a Christian mother and grandmother. Barronelle owns a florist shop called Arlene’s Flowers. In 2013, a longtime customer named Robert Ingersoll visited the shop to ask that Barronelle provide arrangements for his…

'SAFE-T' Recognizes Fluidity of Sexual Attraction

By NYCF | Nov 4, 2016

Over the past three years, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has fought in Albany against the Counselor Coercion Bill (S.121-Hoylman/A.4958-Glick), which would make it unlawful for licensed mental health professionals to assist minor clients in overcoming same-sex attraction. While Gov. Andrew Cuomo took executive action this year in a largely ineffectual attempt to curtail change…

Free Speech Fairness Act Announced

By NYCF | Oct 4, 2016

Since 1954, churches and other nonprofit charities have labored under unnecessary—and arguably unconstitutional—limits on their freedom of speech. In 1954, the Johnson Amendment to the Internal Revenue Code barred churches and other nonprofit charities from endorsing political parties or candidates. Many churches have defied the Johnson Amendment by participating in Pulpit Freedom Sunday; however, the…

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See You At The Pole This September

By NYCF | Sep 13, 2016

On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, students across the United States—and in several other nations—will observe See You at the Pole day by gathering for prayer at their schools’ flagpoles. According to SYATP.com, “[for] the last 25 years, See You at the Pole has been about one simple act—prayer. SYATP is still about students uniting themselves…

Franklin Graham Visits Capital Region

By NYCF | Aug 26, 2016

At noon on Thursday, August 25, 2016, Rev. Franklin Graham brought his Decision America Tour to West Capitol Park (Albany, NY). The Empire State was the 38th stop for the tour.

Illinois Pastors Stand Up For Religious Freedom, Truth About Sexuality

By NYCF | Aug 19, 2016

Last year, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner—a Republican—signed a bill banning therapists and counselors from engaging in change therapy with minor clients who are experiencing unwanted same-sex (homosexual) attraction. The Illinois law is similar to the Counselor Coercion Bill that New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is fighting in New York, but is even broader and more…

California Christian Colleges Win Reprieve

By NYCF | Aug 15, 2016

In recent months, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms has grown concerned about California’s SB 1146—a bill that, in its original form, would punish Christian colleges and universities for living out Christian beliefs relating to gender and sexuality. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens)…will press forward with [an] amended bill that…