Press Releases

PJI Goes to the Mat For Female Athletes in South Dakota

2 Mar, 2021

PIERRE, South Dakota – States nationwide are wrestling with how to preserve fairness and safety in women’s sports in the face of challenges from males who wish to compete as females. In three of those states, the Pacific Justice Institute-Center for … Read More

BREAKING: PJI Wins Major Supreme Court Victory for Churches

26 Feb, 2021

Washington, DC—This evening, the United States Supreme Court granted Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) emergency relief to five churches challenging Santa Clara County’s public health orders which ban indoor church services. Up until this evening, the San Francisco Bay Area county … Read More

PJI Center For Public Policy Steps Up to the Plate For Women’s Sports

25 Feb, 2021

SALEM, Ore. – The Pacific Justice Institute-Center for Public Policy (PJI) is taking a stand in multiple states to help ensure fairness for girls there who compete in interscholastic sports. PJI staff attorney Ray Hacke has been invited to testify … Read More

Federal Court Grants Emergency Motion

9 Feb, 2021

San Jose, CA – Federal District Court Judge Edward Davila granted in part an emergency motion filed by five churches seeking a stay against Governor Gavin Newsom and Santa Clara County’s Public Health Officer, Sara Cody.  The churches brought suit challenging the … Read More

Oregon Governor Lifts Restrictions on Religious Freedom

21 Dec, 2020

SALEM, Ore. – Churches across Oregon will no longer face civil or criminal penalties for hosting gatherings that exceed numerical restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19. On Dec. 18, one day after Governor Kate Brown extended Oregon’s current … Read More

BREAKING: LA County’s New Stay-at-Home Order Exempts Churches

1 Dec, 2020

Los Angeles, CA—Los Angeles County issued a new stay-at-home order taking effect today that clearly protects faith-based services from being shut down. The County’s Department of Public Health once again prohibits all public and private gatherings and events with individuals … Read More

Supreme Court Blocks NY Governor’s Orders As Unequal Treatment of Places of Worship

26 Nov, 2020

San Jose, CA— On Wednesday night, the United States Supreme Court in a 5-to-4 decision granted an emergency restraining order of New York Governor’s recent mandate severely limiting religious gatherings.  Using a color tier system, the Governor’s order placed houses … Read More

PJI Protects Small-Town Church From Dangers of Adult Business Next Door

10 Aug, 2020

Salem, OR—Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) helped enact a local ordinance that prohibits adult entertainment businesses from locating near places where children congregate.    Non-profit legal organization, PJI acted on behalf of Gateway Family Fellowship, a Church of the Nazarene, which … Read More

Court: City Can Exclude Churches While Favoring Theaters and Entertainment

16 Jun, 2020

Salinas, CA – A federal court in the San Francisco Bay Area has determined that churches do not contribute to a vibrant and fun atmosphere and therefore may be excluded from Salinas’ downtown area.   A church’s building use was … Read More

PJI Challenges Unequal Treatment of Washington State Churches

5 Jun, 2020

Benton County, WA – Two churches in Washington State, one in Benton County and the other in King County, filed a lawsuit today in Benton County Superior Court to challenge the unequal treatment of churches by Gov. Jay Inslee and state … Read More