Liberty Counsel Successfully Defends Pastor’s First Amendment Rights
August 2, 2012
Miami-Dade County School Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho has backed down from his threat to revoke the lease from Impact Miami Church and Pastor Jack Hakimian. The Superintendent threatened to review the lease following a sermon by Pastor Hakimian, in which he spoke about the intolerance of those who espouse the homosexual agenda. Liberty Counsel sent a letter on Pastor Hakimian’s behalf stating that any adverse action against the pastor for his speech would violate the First Amendment. In a memo to the school board, Superintendent Carvalho said there will be no action to terminate the church’s lease.
In recent days we have seen stepped-up attacks against free speech. It is outrageous that a public school superintendent could think he has the right to threaten revocation of a lease because of what the pastor preaches in the pulpit. No public official is above the law. The First Amendment stands as a bulwark against homo-fascism.
Please offer a prayer of thanksgiving for this victory, and continue to pray for Liberty Counsel as we “stand in the gap” defending religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family.