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Tennessee City Prohibits Grandfather from Reading Bible Aloud in Public

First Liberty and the Center for Religious Expression send demand letter seeking change to unconstitutional city ordinance November 16, 2017

Paul Johnson, a Tennessee grandfather who enjoys sharing his faith, was peaceably reading his Bible out loud on a public sidewalk during a town festival. As he read, he was confronted by multiple police officers, threatened with arrest, and told he needed a permit to read the Bible out loud

VICTORY: Maine School District Acknowledges Right of Employee to Say, “I Will Pray for You”

Augusta School Department recognizes the First Amendment right of Toni Richardson, previously threatened with termination for offering to pray for a colleague. November 16, 2017

Last week,  the Augusta, Maine School Department acknowledged Toni Richardson’s First Amendment right to privately discuss faith in conversations with coworkers. This acknowledgment came in an updated memorandum. Richardson, a First Liberty Institute client and special education employee, had been reprimanded for telling a coworker—who at the time attended the

First Liberty Spreads Awareness of Efforts to Destroy Veterans Memorials

“Don’t Tear Me Down” campaign, launched for Veterans Day, seeks public support for efforts to defend memorials. November 10, 2017

REMEMBER VETERANS DAY, NOVEMBER 11 On the week we observe Veterans Day, First Liberty Institute launched a campaign—Don’t Tear Me Down—to honor our veterans and spread awareness of efforts by humanists to deface or remove veterans memorials around the country. The immediate attack on such memorials revolves around a lawsuit

VICTORY: Obamacare Contraceptive Mandate Finally Gone for First Liberty Clients

Settlement with Department of Justice marks the official end of litigation for Insight for Living Ministries and CMA colleges and retirement communities November 10, 2017

Finally, the cloud is gone. Over the past few years, many ministries across America have wondered whether they would be forced to choose between obeying their faith or paying crippling penalties as a result of the federal government’s contraceptive and abortion pill mandate. Now, after years of litigation, the wondering

145 and Counting . . . Slowly

Judicial vacancies have increased, but Senate practices hinder confirmations November 3, 2017

At the time of his inauguration, President Trump inherited a federal judiciary with 107 vacancies to fill, and a tremendous opportunity to shape the federal courts for years to come. Nine months later, the number of vacancies—and the size of the opportunity to fill spots with qualified jurists who will

Fire Department’s Religious Discrimination Jeopardizes Firefighter’s Safety

First Liberty files federal lawsuit on behalf of New York firefighter denied a religious accommodation and subjected to unequal and dangerous treatment. November 3, 2017

“The city has singled out and mistreated a heroic firefighter because of his religious beliefs.” – Roger Byron, Senior Counsel, First Liberty Institute Employees have a right to live according to their religious beliefs both on and off the job. John Brooks, a firefighter and paramedic in Utica, New York,