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Jay Talking

Religious Right attorney Jay Sekulow was not having a good day.

Defending President Donald J. Trump on “Fox News Sunday” June 18, Sekulow was supposed to stress the point that Trump was not being investigated by any federal law-enforcement agencies. 

Sekulow ended up saying the opposite – twice.

“Sir, you just said two times that he’s being investigated,” host Chris Wallace said to a sputtering Sekulow during a piece of the segment. Video footage soon went viral on social media.

Religious Right Attorney Jay Sekulow Joins Trump Legal Team

You might have noticed that President Donald J. Trump is in a bit of legal trouble.

Trump is lining up a legal defense team. His point man is Marc Kasowitz, a brash attorney who has defended Trump in several lawsuits, including one concerning fraud allegations at Trump University.

But Kasowitz has no experience in constitutional law, so Trump is augmenting his legal team. Among his legal eagles is a name longtime readers of this blog may find familiar: Jay Sekulow.

God's Lawyers

Stanford Law School in California is a prestigious institution with a distinguished past. Founded in 1893, one of its first professors was a former president, Benjamin Harrison.

When the school opened new offices in 1975, another president, Gerald Ford, was on hand for the festivities. On its website, Stanford proudly calls itself “one of the nation’s top law schools.” U.S. News & World Report agrees and ranks the school number two in the nation, behind only Yale Law School.

Around The World: Iran Sentences Evangelist To Prison For Proselytizing

Iran has sentenced a U.S. citizen to eight years in prison for allegedly threatening national security through his leadership role in Christian house churches, Reuters has reported.

Reports offered little detail of the trial, but Saeed Abedini became an ordained minister through the American Evangelical Association in 2008 and a U.S. citizen in 2010 through marriage, the wire service said.

The Religious Right-allied American Center for Law and Justice represented Abedini in court, but was only allowed to attend the trial for one day to present a defense.

Sunday Scofflaws: It’s Time For The IRS To Crack Down On ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’

As many of you know, on Sunday more than 1,000 pastors nationwide took part in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday,” an annual event sponsored by the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) to encourage clergy to openly violate federal law by endorsing or opposing candidates.

AU staffers spent the holiday weekend fielding media calls about this. The Rev. Steven Baines, AU’s assistant field director for religious outreach, talked to several reporters.

Birth Control Battle: Federal Court Upholds Contraceptive Mandate

Efforts by conservative religious organizations to restrict Americans’ access to birth control are ongoing. For the time being, the action has shifted to the courts.

A federal court in Missouri handed down an important ruling last week, dismissing a lawsuit brought by O’Brien Industrial Holdings, a St. Louis firm that mines and processes a variety of ceramic material for heavy industry.

Constitutional Correction: Another Tennessee School Board Forced To End School-Sponsored Religion

It seems that some school boards in middle Tennessee have a lot to learn about religious freedom.

The Sumner County Board of Education has just settled a lawsuit brought by the ACLU of Tennessee after nine students complained that teachers led classroom prayers, religious organizations distributed Bibles at school, school events were held in churches and youth ministers preached to children unsupervised in school lunchrooms.

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