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First Liberty Institute Congratulates Justice Gorsuch on His Confirmation

April 7, 2017 •

Washington, DC – Today, the Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch as an associate justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, filling the seat left vacant by former Justice Antonin Scalia. Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of First Liberty Institute, praises President Trump for his choice of a judicial nominee and congratulates

Air Force Colonel Punished for his Religious Beliefs Fights Back

Colonel Michael Madrid’s law firm demands that the Air Force rescind Col. Madrid’s punishment and attempt to destroy his career
March 29, 2017 •

San Antonio, Texas – Today, First Liberty Institute, a national religious freedom law firm, sent a demand letter to the United States Air Force on behalf of its client, Colonel Michael Madrid, USAF. First Liberty attorneys say the Air Force discriminated against Col. Madrid because of his religious beliefs about

Air Force Colonel Punished for his Religious Beliefs About Sexuality

Press conference at 2:00 pm CT at Travis Park in downtown San Antonio
March 29, 2017 •

WHAT: Colonel Michael Madrid is a decorated Air Force veteran who has served in the military for 26 years. In 2014, a service member undergoing a court-martial accused Col. Madrid of making derogatory comments about homosexuality. Col. Madrid denied the comments, submitted to an Air Force investigation, and was cleared

First Liberty Institute Condemns Lawsuit Against Judge’s Courtroom Invocations

March 22, 2017 •

Plano, Texas – Yesterday evening, an activist group filed a lawsuit against Judge Wayne Mack over his practice of allowing volunteer chaplains to open his court sessions in prayer. “Judge Mack’s program is an excellent idea and a great way to serve the community,” Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of

Government Claims First Amendment Protects Only the “Right to Choose a Religion”

Tenth Circuit hears case of woman threatened with arrest for praying in her own home; government defends police actions by arguing limited concept of First Amendment
March 21, 2017 •

Denver, Colo. – Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit heard oral arguments in a case filed by Ms. Mary Anne Sause, a Catholic former nurse who was ordered by police officers to stop praying in her own home. In court briefings, government attorneys defended the police

Woman Threatened with Arrest for Praying in Her Own Home Has Day in Court

Tenth Circuit hears case in which government claims the First Amendment only protects the right to choose a religion
March 21, 2017 •

On March 21, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit will hear oral arguments in a case filed by Ms. Mary Anne Sause. Police ordered Sause, a Catholic former nurse, to stop praying in her own home. In defending the police officers’ actions, the government argued that the