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ten-commandments-oklahoma-city Lemon’s Latest Victim: Felix Shows Why Lemon Must Go JURIST The late Justice Antonin Scalia once described the infamous Lemon v. Kurtzman test for analyzing Establishment Clause matters as a “ghoul” from a “late-night horror movie” that simply will not die. Read More »
bandofthebrothersmfthbominside4 Defending Conscience Rights at Hacksaw Ridge in the HHS Cases FIRST THINGS American moviegoers will flock to theatres to view Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge. In vivid detail, the movie depicts the heroism of Private Desmond Doss, a Seventh-day Adventist... Read More »
Walsh_650x399 State of Georgia demands pastor turn over sermons FOX NEWS OPINION A lay minister who is suing the Georgia Department of Public Health for religious discrimination has been ordered by the state’s attorney general to relinquish his sermons... Read More »
People participate in the Jewish religious holiday of Kaporos in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, October 9, 2016. REUTERS/Stephanie Keith - RTSRINL Animal-Rights Groups Are Targeting a Jewish Ritual on Yom Kippur THE ATLANTIC Attorneys have complained that the practice is ‘unconstitutional.’ Read More »

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LIVINGSTON CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS Livingston Christian Schools found a new home in Brighton Church of the Nazarene, centrally located in Genoa Township, Michigan. However, despite the recommendations of the town’s planning commission and consultants who approved the school’s application, Genoa Township refused to give LCS a permit to operate its school at Brighton Church, effectively precluding the school from existing anywhere in the town 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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1st Choice Marine When Flower Mound High School asked parents to sponsor the school’s bass fishing club, Wess Jones readily agreed. In exchange for his sponsorship fee, the school would featuring a sponsor’s logo on the club’s website, jerseys, and event banners. Read More »
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CHABAD OF IRVINE First Liberty Institute is defending the right of a small Orthodox Jewish synagogue in California to perform a religious ceremony in accordance with their beliefs. Read More »
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COACH KENNEDY School district suspends football Coach Joe Kennedy over prayer. Read More »
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MARY ANNE SAUSE Officers Tell Mary Anne Sause to Stop Praying in Her Own Home 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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ROWAN COUNTY First Liberty Institute Defends Legislative Prayer at Federal Appeals Court. 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 »
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In God We Trust

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First Liberty on Offense: Florida Christian School Sues Gov’t Organization Over Prayer Ban

The Florida High School Athletic Association told two private Christian schools they couldn’t pray over the loudspeaker before the football state championship game. First Liberty is fighting back.

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First Liberty: Government Can’t Tell You to Stop Praying in Your Own Home

First Liberty is defending one woman’s right to pray in her own home.

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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)