LEGAL DO'S AND DONT'S
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Liberty Counsel Pastors, Churches, and Politics - This resource covers topics on political candidates and lobbying. While groups with agendas seek to silence pastors and churches, Mathew Staver would encourage pastors to throw off their muzzle and pick up a megaphone. It’s time pastors and churches became the moral conscience of the community.
CHRISTIAN LEGAL SOCIETY
Christian Legal Society (CLS) is a nationwide fellowship of Christians commited to acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with their God (Micah 6:8).
Founded in 1961, CLS defends the religious liberties of all Americans in the legislatures and the courts and serves those most in need in our society through Christian Legal Aid.
By inspiring, encouraging, and equipping Christian lawyers and law students both individually and in community to proclaim, love and serve Jesus Christ through the study and practice of law, the provision of legal assistance to the poor and needy, and the defense of the inalienable rights to life and religious freedom we are fulfiling the command of Micah 6:8 and ensuring the next generation of Americans has the same opportunites to share their faith in community.
ADVOCATE FOR FAITH & FREEDOM
Advocates for Faith and Freedom is a non-profit law firm dedicated to protecting religious liberty in the courts. Our mission is to engage in cases that will uphold our religious liberty and America’s heritage and to educate Americans about our fundamental constitutional rights. We recognize that America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. In today’s culture, that foundation is slowly being eroded by legal challenges to traditional family structure, religious freedom, basic property rights, and parental rights, and by other court decisions that have created a society increasingly devoid of the message and influence of God. Advocates exists to protect our religious liberty in all areas of our lives – whether it be at church, at work, at Click here to downloadschool, or elsewhere. That’s why we’ve put together some informational guides for specific situations. Please feel free to download any of the following brochures for you or anyone else who might benefit from them. We are here to help you!
ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM
The Alliance Defending Freedom is a servant organization that provides the resources that will keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel through the legal defense of religious freedom, the sanctity of life, marriage and the family. “The Alliance Defending Freedom is a legal alliance defending the right to hear and speak the Truth through strategy, training, funding, and litigation.” Responding to the urgent need for a strong, coordinated legal defense of religious freedom, the leaders of more than 35 ministries – including the late Dr. Bill Bright, the late Larry Burkett, Dr. James Dobson, the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, and the late Marlin Maddoux – came together and launched ADF in 1994 to aggressively defend religious liberty by empowering our allies, recognizing that we can accomplish far more together than we can alone. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
NATIONAL CENTER FOR LAW AND POLICY
America is at a critical crossroads. Will it continue to increasingly call evil “good” and good “evil,” or will our nation rise again as a “city on a hill”? As a fellow pastor in the trenches, I know that you are busy. But there are some things that we, as pastors, simply must do. One of them is to apply clear biblical moral teaching to the important issues of our day. God’s word is powerful and is just as applicable today as it was 2000 years ago. Like Joshua, God needs strong and courageous leaders for such a time as this. We cannot afford to succumb to fear. “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV). I highly commend this booklet to you. This practical guide is written by the godly and competent attorneys of The National Center for Law & Policy, who stood firmly beside us during the battle for biblical marriage in California, known as Proposition 8. They were always there to advise pastors of our legal rights, make us feel safe, and urge us to speak in our prophetic voice.
AMERICAN CENTER FOR LAW AND JUSTICE
Churches, Free Speech, and the Regulations of the IRS Regarding Elections The First Amendment clearly protects Churches' right to speak on moral issues of the day and, to develop and disseminate information on public policy matters. In recent years, however, some have attempted to intimidate pastors and their churches from getting involved in political matters during elections. The chief tool of intimidation has been the threat of loss of a church's tax-exempt status under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Liberal advocacy groups and some government officials selectively target churches with a conservative viewpoint who speak out on political and social matters. They invoke provisions of the Internal Revenue Code restricting political speech by churches, and attempt to revoke a church's tax exempt status. As a result of these efforts to chill churches' exercise of Amendment rights, churches are confused and intimidated.
PACIFIC JUSTICE INSTITUTE
Pacific Justice Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties. Pacific Justice Institute works diligently, without charge, to provide its clients with all the legal support they need.
"Through our dedicated attorneys and supporters, we defend the rights of countless individuals, families and churches...without charge."
Pacific Justice Institute's strategy is to coordinate and oversee large numbers of concurrent court actions through a network of hundreds of affiliate attorneys nationwide. And, according to former United States Attorney General Edwin Meese, “The Institute fills a critical need on the West Coast for those whose civil liberties are threatened.”
First Liberty's mission is to defend and restore religious liberty across America — in our schools, for our churches, inside the military, and throughout the public arena.
First Liberty fights to restore religious liberty pursuant to the principles of America’s founders—that religious freedom does not mean confining religious expression to church or home, but that true religious liberty consists of recognizing individuals’ God-given right to follow their conscience and to live and act according to their faith in every area of life.
Our nation was founded on the premise that rights come from God—in fact, the Declaration of Independence references God four times, including in the following famous passage:
We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”