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Looking Back: A Snapshot of Religious Liberty in 2016 THE STREAM It’s been a difficult year for religious freedom in America, but the future holds “huge windows of opportunity,"... Read More »
‘I will always put my faith first’: Catholic health educator fired for refusing to teach birth control WASHINGTON POST A former Texas health-center worker said she was fired and discriminated against after refusing to teach patients about contraceptive practices... Read More »
The Bill of Rights Just Turned 225. Here’s What It Can Still Teach Us About Religious Freedom. THE DAILY SIGNAL On this day 225 years ago, the states ratified one of the most significant documents in our government. We are reminded today that religious freedom is no new issue in American history.... Read More »
Wes Modder Retired Navy chaplain lauded for defending religious liberty WASHINGTON TIMES A retired Navy chaplain who stood fast by his biblical teachings, defended religious liberty... Read More »
picture of currency and stars Religious Freedom Law Doesn’t Require Removing ‘God’ From Currency, Judge Rules CHRISTIAN POST A district court judge in Ohio has upheld the constitutionality of having the national motto “In God We Trust” on United States currency... Read More »
CNM Connect recognizes five in Dallas for leadership in nonprofit community DALLAS MORNING NEWS CNM Connect celebrated five leaders in the nonprofit community at its annual Night of Light Awards Nov. 17 at the George W. Bush Presidential Institute... Read More »

First Liberty Cases

ALEXIA PALMA Houston health care company fires young Catholic immigrant for being unwilling to promote contraception Read More »
MARY ANNE SAUSE Officers Tell Mary Anne Sause to Stop Praying in Her Own Home Read More »
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LIVINGSTON CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS Christian school fights government for right to exist. 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 »
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CHABAD OF IRVINE Orthodox Jewish Synagogue Attacked by Special Interest Group Before Yom Kippur Read More »
COACH KENNEDY School district suspends football Coach Joe Kennedy over prayer. Read More »
CAMBRIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Government Refuses to Allow Christian Students to Pray Before Championship Football Game. Read More »
ROWAN COUNTY First Liberty Institute Defends Legislative Prayer at Federal Appeals Court. Read More »
CORNERSTONE WORLD OUTREACH CHURCH State of Iowa Claims It Can Tell Churches What They Can Teach on Matters of Sexuality Read More »
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

Stand up for America’s National Motto and support the rights of law enforcement officers to display it on their department vehicles by requesting your FREE “In God We Trust” window cling here!

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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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He was fired from his job as a beloved high school coach – for praying. Join #TeamKennedy to help put Coach Kennedy back in the game! Find out how.»
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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)