Press Releases

Oregon Judge Declares Pandemic Orders Null and Void

18 May, 2020

With legal aid from PJI’s pro bono church attorneys, Governor Brown’s extreme order case was filed by numerous churches and people of faith. Learn more.   Salem, OR — An Oregon judge ruled today that Gov. Kate Brown’s pandemic-related executive orders … Read More

PJI Takes Stand for Oregon Churches, Sues Governor Brown

8 May, 2020

UPDATE: On May 14,2020, PJI Oregon Staff Attorney Ray Hacke argued his case in court and the judge is currently deliberating which we expect an answer within a day or two!   PJI, a nonprofit legal organization, recently filed a … Read More

PJI Pushes Back Against Police Harassment in Southern Oregon

27 Mar, 2020

Grants Pass, OR—The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) filed two lawsuits against the City of Grants Pass in federal court this week to fight for Christians who are called to speak out for the unborn. PJI filed the lawsuits on behalf … Read More

California Seeks to Ban Boys’ and Girls’ Toy Aisles, Clothing Sections

28 Feb, 2020

Sacramento, CA—The Pacific Justice Institute—Center for Public Policy (PJI-CPP) is opposing new legislation that threatens to fine retailers for separating boys’ and girls’ clothing, toys, and other childcare products. Assembly Bill 2826, introduced by Asemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), would impose … Read More

PJI Goes to Bat For Female Athletes in Idaho

24 Feb, 2020

Boise, ID—The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) is stepping up to the plate in Idaho to help ensure fairness for girls there who compete in interscholastic sports.  Ray Hacke, one of PJI’s Pacific Northwest-based staff attorneys, testified before the Idaho House … Read More

City Does Not Learn Its Lesson: “Unnecessary Noise” Charge Dismissed Again

11 Feb, 2020

Kennewick, WA—A Benton County District Judge has dismissed, for the second time, a criminal charge against a public evangelist who regularly preaches outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic. The judge held that the City of Kennewick’s noise ordinance unconstitutionally restrains … Read More

PJI Seeks to School Clackamas County in Religious Land Use Case

8 Jan, 2020

Salem, OR—The Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) hopes to educate Clackamas County on religious freedom via a lawsuit filed to enforce a church’s protected right to let a small Christian school operate on its real property. On December 31, PJI filed … Read More

Prosecution Doubles Down, Won’t Accept Dismissal of Charges Against Pastor in Drag Queen Case

6 Jan, 2020

Spokane, WA—A high-profile prosecution of a pastor over Drag Queen Story Hour has taken another twist. In early December, the Honorable Judge Staab dismissed all criminal charges against Pastor Afshin Yaghtin. But two days before Christmas, the pastor and his attorneys with Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) received an unwanted gift: prosecutors asked … Read More

Judge Dismisses Charges Against Pastor Involving Drag Queen Story Hour

5 Dec, 2019

Spokane, WA—Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) just received the order from the Spokane Municipal Court judge dismissing criminal charges against Pastor Afshin Yaghtin. As previously reported, Pastor Yaghtin went to a public library in Spokane the weekend of Father’s Day to … Read More

Grinch: School Says Student Performance of “Joy to the World” Not Acceptable, Then Backtracks

4 Dec, 2019

Sacramento, CA—A school in Northern California has reversed course after initially declaring “Joy to the World” unacceptable for a student piano performance. The Benzel family reached out to Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) after their 13-year-old daughter Brooklyn’s musical choice was … Read More