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Kelly Shackelford Calls for Arkansas Governor to Sign Bill in Support of a Ten Commandments Display

April 10, 2015

Gov. Asa Hutchinson responds this week by signing into law SB 939 which calls for First Liberty Institute’s legal defense of the monument on Arkansas State Capitol grounds     First Liberty Institute’s work on SB 939 follows its efforts to assist Oklahoma legislators in drafting a bill that authorized

35 Members of Congress Rally in Support of Chaplain Wes Modder

April 2, 2015

First Liberty Institute continues its defense of Chaplain Modder, responds on behalf of client banned from ministering to sailors in his unit Joining increasing public support—and the collective outcry for answers—on behalf of First Liberty Institute client, Chaplain Wes Modder, this week are 35 Members of Congress who sent a

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

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