christian persecution

Pacific Justice Institute keeps 1st Amendment alive in anti-christian California

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 from long established legal protections including “spiritual direction” and “religious counseling.”

After SB 360 passed the Senate with a 30-4 vote and moved to the Assembly’s Public Safety Committee, Pacific Justice Institute–Center for Public Policy (PJI-CPP) sent a lengthy legal opinion letter to all of the Assembly members to oppose the Bill. On July 8 the Public Safety Committee published an analysis of SB 360 that mirrored the First Amendment concerns discussed in PJI-CPP’s position letter. In a surprising reversal, Senator Hill pulled SB 360 the same day and published the announcement on his website July 9.

“This proposed law could not be reconciled with the First Amendment,” said PJI attorney Kevin Snider. “SB 360 was an attempt to sweep away centuries of clergy-penitent protections, forcing clergy members to choose between criminal prosecution or spiritual peril.”

Brad Dacus, president of PJI, commented, “We are immensely relieved that this misguided legislation has been shelved this year. We commend our legislators who recognized that this Bill is harmful and raises grave constitutional problems for clergy protecting the confessions and confidences entrusted to them.”

Praise God that there are still a few faithful people pushing back against the tide of evil. It should make us concerned to see that the vote for the bill originally passed 30 – 4! Time to enjoy our freedoms in America is slipping away quickly. Let’s work while it is day.

Pastor arrested for not supporting drag queen story hour at library

June 26, 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 highly publicized event called Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH). Yaghtin arrived a couple of hours before the event was scheduled to begin and found a heavy police presence and hundreds of people both supporting and opposing the event.​ 
Yaghtin sought to enter the library to observe the event but was barred by police. He did not carry signs or preach, and he did not consider himself a protestor. The police nevertheless ordered Yaghtin to leave the premises—otherwise open to the public—and go across the street with everyone else who the police deemed not to be supportive of the event.​ ​ 
Yaghtin asserted his First Amendment rights and the police responded by arresting him. He was handcuffed and thrown in the back of a police van for several hours. Yaghtin later learned that his stand may have put his life in danger, as the police had positioned snipers on the roof of the library.​ ​ 
While the police were ordering Yaghtin and others concerned about DQSH to leave or go across the street, they allowed supporters of the drag queens to surround and enter the library. Some of the event supporters carried provocative signs depicting Jesus in a dress reading to children. Other supporters dressed like angels with oversized wings.
After Yaghtin was taken to jail, booked, and bailed out, he connected with PJI.​ PJI opened a Washington State office with full-time attorney Jorge Ramos last year, due in part to the numerous requests PJI received from evangelists being criminally charged for public preaching. PJI has now secured dismissal of charges against several such evangelists. Earlier this year, PJI founder and president​ Brad Dacus also secured dismissal of criminal charges against an evangelist in El Paso, Texas, who had been prosecuted for preaching outside a drag queen show.​ 
“The number of criminal charges being filed against pastors and evangelists across the country in just the last few years should be alarming to every freedom-loving American,” Dacus commented. “This arrest in Spokane is one of the clearest examples yet of viewpoint discrimination, and we will be vigorously contesting the charges. We must be able to peacefully disagree and voice our concerns in public places without fear of arrest and prosecution based on viewpoint.”​ ​ ​ 
In just the last two weeks, threats of arrests at controversial library events have become a pattern. Last weekend, two moms in Des Moines, Washington, were threatened with arrest and escorted out of a library-hosted Teen Pride event. Before they were forced to leave, the moms observed the Teen Pride organizers giving minors genital-shaped bookmarks, lubricants, and breast binders. It was claimed that parents were not allowed at the event unless accompanied by a minor.” (See original article on Pacific Justice Institute’s website).

The teeth of the dragon grown by the Liberal governments in America to silence all dissent against abominations are getting more and more iron-like.