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Court Rules Against Coach Kennedy. Is “Prayer the New Pornography?”

First Liberty disappointed with federal appellate court’s dangerous ruling against Coach Joe Kennedy; vows to fight decision. August 31, 2017

“Banning all coaches from praying silently in public just because they can be seen is wrong,” First Liberty President and CEO Kelly Shackelford stated in a press release. “This is not the America contemplated by our Constitution,” said Shackelford, after three federal judges upheld a school’s prayer ban against Coach

All 50 State Constitutions Mention God or Use Religious References, Pew Research Finds

Findings help debunk “separation of church and state” and can point to the need to protect religious liberty in the public square. August 25, 2017

Despite America’s size and diversity, an analysis by Pew Research Center has found something that all 50 states have in common: a state constitution that contains one or more references to God or the divine. Pew discovered that references to God or the divine occur almost 200 times among the

First Liberty Gives its 2017 Religious Liberty Award at The American Legion National Convention

“Philip B. Onderdonk Jr. Religious Liberty Award”—an engraved Henry Repeating Rifle—is named for the National Judge Advocate of The American Legion and presented at annual Legion convention. August 25, 2017

First Liberty Institute was pleased to announce United States Senator Ted Cruz as the recipient of the 2017 Philip B. Onderdonk Jr. Religious Liberty Award on Wednesday, August 23. The Texas senator accepted the award from Kelly Shackelford at The American Legion 2017 National Convention In Reno, Nevada following a

Does Your Religious Freedom Come from the Constitution?

If you said “Yes,” the Founding Fathers might not agree with you, according to a growing number of religious freedom advocates August 18, 2017

By: Stephanie N. Taub, Counsel 2017James Wilson Institute Fellows stand with Institute Founder and Director Professor Hadley Arkes. Stephanie Taub, Counsel at First Liberty, is in the first row, second from the left, next to Professor Arkes. Editor’s Note: Stephanie Taub, Counsel for First Liberty Institute and a graduate of

Victory in the Army: What Happens When Religious Liberty Works in America

This is how America is supposed to work. August 18, 2017

Not every victory for religious freedom requires a lawsuit. First Liberty Institute proved this yet again recently when Director of Military Affairs, Mike Berry, helped a U.S. Army officer obtain a religious accommodation. It began when the Army instituted a new policy that requires personnel to use pronouns that align

4 Facts You Should Know About Religious Liberty in Public Schools

Make sure your children and grandchildren know their religious freedom rights before they go back to school. August 11, 2017

America is at the point where student graduation speakers are often censored from including religious content in their speeches. It’s not uncommon to hear about schools discriminating against religious clubs because of their faith-based nature or restricting student religious expression. And this pattern is not limited to violations of students’