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First Liberty Cases

First Liberty is the largest non-profit legal firm in America solely dedicated to defending and protecting our most important civil liberty: religious freedom.

For over two decades, First Liberty has been at the forefront of some of the nation’s most critical cases, representing people of all faiths across four key areas: the U.S. military, schools, houses of worship and the public arena, including the workplace.

Currently, First Liberty is fighting a record number of cases that are headed toward the U.S. Supreme Court. Every victory that First Liberty achieves at the Supreme Court has a profound impact on the religious freedom of veterans, teachers, students, legislators, private business owners and private citizens – all who are taking a courageous stand to fight for their First Amendment rights.

Click on the links below to learn more about First Liberty’s cases and clients.

United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal (LCpl) Monifa Sterling was convicted at a court-martial after she refused to take down Bible verses she had posted in her workspace and for reposting the verses after her supervisor threw them in the trash.

Sterling V. United States

June 5, 2017

U.S. Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse in her workspace.

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Col. Bohannon case

Colonel Bohannon

April 2, 2017

Highly decorated Air Force Colonel suffers potentially career-ending punishment for his religious convictions.

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Col. Michael Madrid Case

Colonel Michael Madrid

January 28, 2017

Air Force Colonel Punished for his religious beliefs fights back.

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Phillip Monk Case

Phillip Monk

October 12, 2013

Air Force combat Veteran persecuted by Commander for religious beliefs about marriage and threatened with loss of career and retirement benefits after filing complaint.

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Dear Coach Kennedy,

I would like to say thank you. Your dedication to your faith and your commitment to the positive education of our youth is truly admirable. I am deeply grateful for your military service and for taking a courageous stance in protecting religious liberty rights for teachers and administrators.

If our First Amendment protects a player’s right to kneel in protest, it certainly protects your right to kneel in prayer.

I was shocked to learn that Bremerton High School suspended you after denying your request to continue your wholesome practice of giving thanks after football games.

The Bremerton School District’s actions violate the law and send the wrong message to coaches, young people, our communities, and our nation — a message of hostility to religious freedom and intolerance toward personal religious expression.

Please know that you are not alone in this difficult time — I support you and First Liberty as you continue to fight for religious freedom! Our schools need more coaches like you, our country needs more citizens like you, and our world needs more people like you.