Press Releases

Voodoo Priest Sues Bible School, Claiming Discrimination

23 Aug, 2019

Saipan, CNMI—Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is representing a Bible school in the South Pacific against bizarre claims by a practitioner of witchcraft. Zaji Zajradhara applied for a job in the business office of Eucon International University, a Christian Bible school located … Read More

Update: PJI Requests Dismissal of Criminal Charges Against Pastor Over Drag Queen Story Hour

13 Aug, 2019

Spokane, WA—Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is contesting criminal charges against a pastor who was arrested outside a public library. The library was hosting a drag queen event. As PJI first reported in June, Pastor Afshin Yaghtin went to a public … Read More

Court Sides With Professor Fired for Expressing Conservative Views in the Classroom

25 Jul, 2019

Riverside, CA—A Riverside Superior Court Judge sided with a Christian professor after reviewing Riverside Community College District’s petition to reverse an arbitrator’s decision to reinstate him. Professor Eric Thompson taught at Moreno Valley College since 2005 and twice received the … Read More

PJI Thwarts Portland’s Efforts to Stifle Evangelism in Public Park

24 Jul, 2019

Portland, OR—The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) scored an important victory for open-air evangelists in Portland, Oregon; a city with a well-earned reputation for displaying hostility toward the Christian faith. At a hearing before the Portland City Auditor’s office on Thursday, July 11, … Read More

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