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Matt Clark: Alabama should win its congressional redistricting case

On Tuesday, October 4, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on whether the people of Alabama, get to create its congressional district maps or whether the ACLU’s experts get to create them instead. 

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Matt Clark: The evangelical case for originalism

If you don’t know what originalism is, it’s the view that the Constitution should be interpreted according to its words as they were understood at the time of its ratification.

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Amicus brief filed in support of Eagle Forum's rights after federal government subpoenas group for 'Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act' docs

Several organizations and individuals from across the United States have filed an amicus brief supporting a motion to quash after the Department of Justice subpoenaed a conservative interest group in Alabama.

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ACLL's Matt Clark urges fathers to stick up for children in VA’s crosshairs

This June, the U.S. Supreme Court did something which many of us had been praying for many years: It overruled Roe v. Wade. Now, the States are finally free to protect life. But as always, evil finds a way to push back.

Matt Clark: 'Equity' doesn’t mean what the left says it means

In the fight to control words, another unfortunate casualty has been the word “equity.” From the founding of our nation until now, equity has had a very different meaning than how the left is using it nowadays. 

Alabama Center for Law and Liberty files brief supporting Navy SEALs in vaccine lawsuit

The Alabama Center for Law and Liberty has filed an amicus brief in defense of a group of Navy SEALs facing discipline or discharge over their religious objections to the Biden administration's COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

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Matt Clark: Forgiving student loans is bad policy and may be unconstitutional

Desperate to get a win before the midterms, President Biden announced Wednesday that he would be canceling $10,000 of student debt for people making less than $125,000 per year and $20,00 for Pell Grant recipients. This could cost between $440 billion-$600 billion.

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Matt Clark: The IRS and the First Amendment

This week, President Biden signed a bill that Congress passed, authorizing the IRS to hire 87,000 new employees. I was hoping that Joe Manchin would hold the line in the Senate.

Matt Clark: Was the raid at Trump's residence a political witch hunt by the DOJ?

Earlier this week, the FBI raided President Trump’s residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida. Was the raid legal, and if so, was it prudent? Or was this just another political witch hunt and an unprecedented weaponization of the Justice Department against a political opponent? The stakes are high, so we need answers. 

Alabamians react to Justice Department's targeting of Idaho abortion law

The Department of Justice is suing the state of Idaho arguing that the state's abortion bill is an illegal ban on abortion access.

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Matt Clark: Why Christians need to evaluate secular philosophies like Marxism & CRT

I’m taking a break in this piece from my usual op-eds about law because we need to discuss something much deeper. As the great Montesquieu observed centuries ago: public policy is based on the people’s values, and the people’s values are based on their religion. Thus, religion ultimately drives what society looks like. 

'An eye for an eye' should be the standard for criminal justice reform

There’s a national movement to get liberal prosecutors not to prosecute crimes at all. In addition, the federal government has sued Alabama over the conditions of our prisons. 

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Matt Clark: We're about to federalize polygamy

While the Political Left has been reeling from defeats lately - from the Supreme Court overruling Roe to parents fighting back against woke indoctrination of their kids- the Left has been making progress on one issue: passing a federal law that will further break down marriage.

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Matt Clark: The good news is, AG Marshall will enforce abortion ban

This week, I have good news: Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall will enforce the law, even if local prosecutors don’t.

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Matt Clark: Supreme Court strikes major blow to EPA

On the last day of its term, the Supreme Court struck a major blow against the EPA (and the administrative state generally) in its 6-3 decision in West Virginia v. EPA.

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Multiple state entities challenge injunction against Alabama law banning transgender youth drugs, operations

Attorney General Steve Marshall and the Alabama Center for Law and Liberty have filed briefs challenging the injunction against a law that would ban transgender surgeries and hormone treatments for minors.

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Matt Clark: Jefferson County DA won't enforce state abortion law

In an act of shame, Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr signed a letter written by a George Soros-backed organization and joined by over 80 other district attorneys stating that they would not enforce their states’ laws protecting unborn children from abortion.

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Matt Clark: Coach Kennedy and a bigger win for religious freedom

The Supreme Court has been on fire with fantastic decisions over the last week! In addition to my regular Friday column that addressed the gun-rights case, it was my honor to write another column on Friday discussing the Supreme Court’s greatest decision that came out that morning, in which the Court finally overruled Roe v. Wade! Now I’m usually not a fan of Mondays, but this Monday was an exception as the Supreme Court came out with another watershed decision in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District.

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Matt Clark: A monumental victory for the Second Amendment and Originalism

On his 74th birthday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas gave the Country a great gift: a Supreme Court opinion recognizing that the right to “bear arms shall not be infringed” means exactly what it says.

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Alabama officials react to Supreme Court striking down restrictive New York gun control law

“Today’s decision was a major victory for the right of self-defense and for the rule of law,” said ACLL President Matt Clark “The Second Amendment is not a second-class right, and today’s decision gave it the respect it deserves. We commend the Court for its well-reasoned decision, and we hope to see more like it in the future.”

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Matt Clark: Tom Parker, the end of Roe, and judicial courage

As we approach the end of June, all eyes are on the U.S. Supreme Court as it releases its most consequential decisions of this term. The biggest among them is Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Org., in which the Supreme Court has been asked to overrule Roe v. Wade. I have written extensively about that case for 1819 News recently. But today, I want to highlight the courage and relentlessness of Alabama’s Chief Justice Tom Parker, who played a role in getting the U.S. Supreme Court to take Dobbs.

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Matt Clark: The attempt on Justice Kavanaugh's life

On Wednesday morning, the unthinkable happened: a man who was upset that the Supreme Court appears ready to overrule Roe v. Wade was arrested for attempting to murder Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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Matt Clark: Free Speech and the right to say 'No' to promoting sin

This Tuesday, the Alabama Center for Law and Liberty filed a brief in perhaps the most important case involving the free exercise of religion that we have seen in a very long time. Strangely, to maximize its chance of success, it had to be framed as a free speech case. But however one frames it, this case involves the question that Christians have been wanting to know since the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage: Does the Constitution protect my right not to promote it?

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Matt Clark: How the heroes of Benghazi may have saved the Unborn

Today, I want to share a story about two American heroes who laid down their lives to save their friends. But what they didn’t know is that their sacrifice could have saved tens of millions of others.

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Matt Clark: A good judge's bad call on Alabama's Child Protection Act

Nearly two centuries ago, Hans Christian Andersen wrote a proverbial tale that is worth revisiting frequently.

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Alabama Center for Law and Liberty adds plaintiffs in lockdown suit

The Alabama Center for Law and Liberty (ACLL) has added additional plaintiffs in the growing lawsuit stemming from Alabama’s COVID-19 lockdowns.

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Matt Clark: The Alabama Constitution likely requires "Constitutional Carry"

This session, one of the hottest debates on Goat Hill is whether Alabama should pass “constitutional carry,” which would allow the...

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