Below is the petition of a writ of certiorari to the United States Court.
Washington, D.C.--Pacific Justice Institute filed a petition earlier this week with the United States Supreme Court to continue the fight to protect free speech for licensed counselors.
The Writ of Certiorari filed with the Supreme Court is the next step to furthering the battle to protect freedom of religion and freedom of speech for individuals both giving and receiving counseling.
“If the Supreme Court grants our petition for Certiorari, this will be the most important freedom of religion case for this year and will impact the rights of counseling ministries across the country, potentially for generations to come,” said Brad Dacus, President and Founder of PJI.
Bakersfield, CA--A group of senior citizens are relieved but remain wary after their homeowners association (HOA) reversed course and lifted a ban on their meetings.
The groups, consisting of a Sunday worship service and three weekly Bible studies, had been meeting for a few years at the clubhouse of Solera at Kern Canyon, a senior community in Bakersfield. Numerous other groups and clubs utilize the clubhouse on a regular basis, spanning a wide range of interests. Just before Thanksgiving, the HOA Board abruptly suspended all four of the religious gatherings, citing a legal threat from a resident who is an attorney. More than 30 residents appealed the decision, but the Board rejected their concerns in mid-December. As a result, the worship services were denied clubhouse space throughout the Christmas season.
San Francisco, CA--The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has denied Pacific Justice Institute’s (PJI) request for a rehearing and rehearing of an en banc panel on the very troubling AB 775, the government mandate that pro-life pregnancy clinics promote abortion.
“While we are clearly disappointed with the decision by the Ninth Circuit Court rehearing en banc panel, we are determined to move forward to make sure this case has the potential to be overturned by the United States Supreme Court,” said Brad Dacus, President and Founder of PJI.
Washington, DC--On Friday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) agreed to hear a case involving transgender restroom use. This is the first case of this kind to reach the high court.
Once heard, SCOTUS’ decision on this widely debated and controversial nationwide issue may well set major historical precedent.
The case involves a Virginia high school student who was born female, but views herself as a male. Originally, a lower level court ruled the student would be allowed to use the boys' restroom, but SCOTUS placed a temporary stay while an appeal was reviewed, which was filed by the Gloucester County School Board.
Sonora, CA--A major West Coast health system has taken a firm stance against doctor-prescribed death, also known as assisted suicide. The move follows a petition drive that gathered hundreds of signatures.
The effort was spearheaded by Jennifer Warner, a mental health professional who has combated elder abuse for more than a decade. The vulnerabilities of the elderly to life-shortening drugs hit close to home to Warner two years ago when she intervened to prevent such treatment from being administered to her own grandmother. Warner has told her story and discussed these issues on PJI's weekly radio show, The Dacus Report. PJI provided input for the petition drive.
Orange County, CA--Todd Starnes, one the most straight-forward journalists at Fox News, will emcee Pacific Justice Institute’s (PJI) 14th annual Celebration of Justice: In God We Trust (COJ).
PJI is also pleased to honor Starnes at this unforgettable event with the award for Truth in Media for his exceptional level of integrity and commitment to the community.
Starnes is the award-winning host of the radio show FOX News & Commentary as well as the writer of an op-ed column on FoxNews.com and a regular contributor on the Fox News Channel.
Orange County, CA--Dinesh D’Souza, best-selling author and filmmaker of Hillary’s America, will join Pacific Justice Institute for the fourteenth annual Celebration of Justice (COJ).
D’Souza has spent his life’s work fighting to expose injustice and combat the lies spread about conservatism as a writer, scholar, and public intellectual.
D’Souza has experienced injustice and backlash for speaking the truth. Despite the discrimination, D’Souza continues to fight for God-given rights and freedom.
San Francisco, CA--A federal court of appeals this morning upheld restrictions on what some pastors can say to minors struggling with their sexuality and gender.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco again upheld California’s controversial Senate Bill 1172. SB 1172 bars licensed counselors from assisting youth who want to change or reduce same-sex attractions. The law also prohibits counseling that would steer youth away from gender confusion.