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dysphillips27e-1-web The Constitution protects women-only swim hours for Orthodox Jewish women (and others) DAILY NEWS Just off Bedford Ave. in Brooklyn stands the Metropolitan Recreation Center. Built in 1922, the Department of Public Works hoped its indoor pool would help promote public health and serve the entire Williamsburg community — a community heavily populated with members of the Orthodox Jewish faith. Read More »
Rev.-Booth-1260x650 A Pastor Fights Against Government Restrictions on Political Sermons THE DAILY SIGNAL When the Rev. Gus Booth found out the IRS was dropping its inquiry into Warroad Community Church where he preaches, he was actually disappointed. “We wanted to go to court,” Booth told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “This is the First Amendment vs. the IRS code. One standard of the law would win.” Read More »
cornerstone church Gender identity church language revised in Iowa brochure WASHINGTON POST An Iowa Civil Rights Commission brochure that some churches interpreted to mean they must abide by transgender bathroom rules and muzzle ministers who may want to preach against transgender or gay individuals has been changed, the commission said Friday. Read More »
Air-Force-vet-Oscar-Rodriguez-assaulted-god-screenshot-640x480 Air Force vet dragged from flag-folding ceremony for speech referencing ‘God’ WASHINGTON TIMES A veteran is threatening legal action against the U.S. Air Force if it does not apologize for forcibly removing him from a retirement ceremony at Travis Air Force Base, where he was invited to give a speech referencing “God.” Read More »

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CORNERSTONE WORLD OUTREACH CHURCH The State of Iowa published a brochure defining churches as places of public accommodation and claiming that the state has the power to control what the church teaches regarding matters of gender and sexuality. Read More »
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OSCAR RODRIGUEZ, JR. Decorated Air Force veteran assaulted and dragged out of retirement ceremony over the word “God”. Read More »
The 170-foot Sagemont Church Cross in Houston, Texas inspired Pastor Milby to build the Corpus Christi Cross. (Photo credit: Sagemont Church. May be republished.)
CORPUS CHRISTI CROSS Atheist from San Antonio sues Corpus Christi pastor for building America's tallest cross on church property. Read More »
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OKLAHOMANS UNITED FOR LIFE Oklahoma State University allows pro-life group on campus following First Liberty action. 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 »
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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 »
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DR. ERIC WALSH First Liberty is defending Dr. Eric Walsh, a public health official fired for expressing his religious beliefs in church. Read More »
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BLADENSBURG Federal Court Declares Historic World War I Veterans Memorial Constitutional, American Humanist Association Appeals. Read More »
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MATTHEWS V. KOUNTZE ISD Cheerleaders banned from painting scripture verses on cheer banners. Read More »
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CAMBRIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Government Refuses to Allow Christian Students to Pray Before Championship Football Game. Read More »
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4 Reasons Why Iowa Governor’s Bible Proclamation is Constitutional

Anti-religion groups are threatening to sue Iowa Governor Terry Branstad for his Bible-reading proclamation. First Liberty is ready to defend him.

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What is the State of Our Nation?

By Kelly Shackelford, President & CEO | Everywhere I go, I’m asked about the state of the nation, religious freedom, and where we are headed.

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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)