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Greg_Abbott_facebook_c0-0-612-357_s885x516 San Antonio atheist drops lawsuit over ‘tallest cross in America’ WASHINGTON TIMES An atheist activist on Tuesday reached a court-approved settlement to drop a lawsuit against a Corpus Christi, Texas, church planning to erect a 230-foot-tall cross... Read More »
Screenshot 2016-04-28 12.49.01 How does religious freedom apply to servicemembers? FOX NEWS SPECIAL REPORT WITH BRET BAIER Highest military court hears case of former Marine who refused to take down a Bible verse posted in her workplace; Shannon Bream provides insight on ‘Special Report’... Read More »
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UNITED STATES V. STERLING U.S. Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse in her workspace. Read More »
KLEINS First Liberty Institute is representing Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of “Sweet Cakes by Melissa,” in a battle for the Oregon couple’s religious freedom. In 2013, two women asked the Kleins to make a cake celebrating their same-sex wedding. Read More »
DR. ERIC WALSH First Liberty is defending Dr. Eric Walsh, a public health official fired for expressing his religious beliefs in church. Read More »
BLADENSBURG Federal Court Declares Historic World War I Veterans Memorial Constitutional, American Humanist Association Appeals. Read More »
NASA NASA Illegally Censors ‘Jesus’ from Employee Emails, First Liberty Issues Demand Letter. Read More »
MATTHEWS V. KOUNTZE ISD Cheerleaders banned from painting scripture verses on cheer banners. Read More »
CAMBRIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Government Refuses to Allow Christian Students to Pray Before Championship Football Game. Read More »
COACH KENNEDY School district suspends football Coach Joe Kennedy over prayer. Read More »
AUSTIN PRC Victory for Faith-Based Pregnancy Resource Centers Targeted by City of Austin, Texas in Discriminatory and Unconstitutional Ordinance. Read More »
MOMENT OF SILENCE Texas law allowing moment of silence in public schools upheld as constitutional. Read More »

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Victory: First Liberty Stops ‘Baseless’ Atheist Lawsuit Against Pastor

First Liberty’s victory sends a strong message that individuals cannot abuse the legal system simply to silence religious expression.

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On Memorial Day: Why Veterans Memorials Matter

Honoring our veterans should be more important than a political agenda.

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Religious Liberty Facts

First Amendment

Religious liberty is the first right mentioned in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Charities in America

According to the Non-Profit Times, three of the top five charities in America are religiously affiliated (YMCA, Catholic Charities, and the Salvation Army).

Religious Landscape

Seventy-seven percent of American adults identify as religious, according to the Pew Research Center.

Religious Services

Over 88.2 million (36 percent) adults attend religious services at least once a week.

Religious Schools

In the 2011-12 school year, religious elementary and secondary schools educated over 4 million students.

Americans’ Rights

George Washington called religious liberty one of Americans’ “choicest” blessings and rights in 1789.

James Madison

In 1792, James Madison said, “conscience is the most sacred of all property.”

Attacks on Religious Freedom

Between 2011 and 2015, attacks on religious freedom in America tripled. (Documented in First Liberty’s annual survey, Undeniable: Survey of Hostility to Religion in America)