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Three Reasons to Stand for RFRA

April 2, 2015

By Kelly ShackelfordPresident, CEO & Chief Counsel     State legislatures in Indiana and Arkansas passed Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs), and self-proclaimed “tolerant” folks across America responded with distortions, character assassination, threats, and economic blackmail. Veterans of the war to defend, and restore, religious freedom know the campaign is

U.S. Navy PROHIBITS Chaplain Wes Modder from Ministering to Fallen Sailor’s Family

March 26, 2015

First Liberty Institute demands answers for Navy official’s “no contact” order after denying client religious accommodation In the U.S. Navy officials’ latest attack on Chaplain Wes Modder, last week commanding officer Captain Jon R. Fahs issued a “no contact” order to the highly-decorated military hero—prohibiting him from fulfilling his chaplain

Jeff Mateer Urges Conference of Pastors to Stand for Religious Freedom—and Tells Them How

March 26, 2015

More than 500 attend “U-Turn Conference” in response to growing attacks on faith and freedom What dangers do churches face in the growing attacks on religious freedom? How can churches respond? What legal rights do churches and pastors have to impact our laws, transform lives, and keep increasingly hostile government

CHAPLAIN UPDATE: U.S. Navy Official Denies Chaplain Wes Modder’s Request for Religious Accommodation

March 20, 2015

First Liberty Institute calls out Navy official’s unlawful punishment of client and will appeal on the highly-decorated chaplain’s behalf!     Chaplain Wes Modder prays over service members before they go into harm’s way aboard the USS Bunker Hill off the coast of Somalia. It is only because of a

Vandals Spray-Paint Swastika on Car of Congregation Toras Chaim’s Rabbi Rich

March 20, 2015

Vandalism committed nine days after city of Dallas sues First Liberty Institute client Congregation Toras Chaim     Rabbi Yaakov Rich’s car was vandalized with a swastika just daysafter the City of Dallas filed a lawsuit that could potentially shut down the small Orthodox Jewish congregation.   Last week, on

Media Company Purposefully Obscures True Reason for Wrongful Termination of Award-Winning Journalist

March 20, 2015

First Liberty Institute counters omissions, misconstrued facts in employer’s response to EEOC charge of religious discrimination on behalf of client Bob Eschliman   First Liberty Institute client and former Newton Daily News editor-in-chief Bob Eschliman was fired for the uniquely religious opinions he expressed in one, private blog post written