Press Releases

BREAKING: Senator Withdraws Clergy Bill

10 Jul, 2019

Sacramento, CA—California Senator Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties) withdrew SB 360, a bill that would have required clergy to report certain confessions to the government. The Bill would have further restricted ministers by excluding clergy penitential communications … Read More

PJI Defends Pastor Arrested For Not Supporting Drag Queen Story Hour at Library

26 Jun, 2019

Spokane, WA—Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is now representing a pastor in Washington State facing criminal charges in connection with a drag queen event. Pastor Afshin Yaghtin went to a public library in Spokane on Saturday, June 15, to observe a … Read More

Supreme Court Upholds Cross Memorial, Suggests Many Other Displays Are Constitutional

21 Jun, 2019

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Supreme Court today held that a World War I-era cross in Maryland did not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The 7-2 decision deals a major blow to efforts by atheist and secularist groups that have … Read More

Update: Widow Settles Religious Discrimination Claim Against Landlord

17 Jun, 2019

Hanford, CA—Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) has settled a claim on behalf of a great-grandmother who had been evicted from her longtime apartment. Earlier this month, PJI announced that it had filed a formal charge of discrimination with the California Department … Read More

California Raids Christian School, Seeks to Change Its Beliefs or Shut It Down

6 Jun, 2019

Sacramento, CA—Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is fighting for the future of a Christian boarding school in Northern California that has been targeted by State officials. PJI believes the case has chilling implications for Christian schools throughout California. On January 18, 2019, a raid … Read More

Eviction of Elderly Widow Prompts State Investigation of Town’s Vice-Mayor

5 Jun, 2019

Hanford, CA—The family of an elderly widow was shocked when she was evicted from her longtime apartment earlier this year. They were even more outraged when the owner cited her religious expression and age as reasons for the eviction. Now, … Read More

New Lawsuit Challenges Mall’s Restrictions on Sharing Faith

15 May, 2019

Bakersfield, California – A new lawsuit has just been filed against speech restrictions at Valley Plaza Mall in Bakersfield. Attorneys for Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) represent Debra Moore, a senior citizen who likes to invite people to her church and … Read More

Veterans Home Bible Study Restored, but Federal Intervention Sought as California Still Denies Vets’ Speech Rights

7 May, 2019

Sacramento, CA—Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) has secured the restoration of a Bible study for elderly residents of the Veterans Home of California. But PJI attorneys will continue to fight for full restoration of religious freedom in the Home. Last week, PJI launched DefendArtis.com, … Read More

California Moves to Require Pastors, Priests to Become Government Informants

15 Apr, 2019

Sacramento, CA – The Pacific Justice Institute—Center for Public Policy (PJI-CPP) is raising the alarm about a bill in the California Legislature that would require clergy to report some confessions to the government. Senate Bill 360 by Sen. Jerry Hill … Read More

Texas Court Dismisses Charge Against Evangelist Preaching Outside a Drag Show

1 Apr, 2019

El Paso, TX—A public evangelist criminally charged for preaching in downtown El Paso received news from the El Paso County Court that the charges were dismissed, after Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) aggressively advocated for his free speech rights. James Denton, … Read More