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Issues: Religious Liberty in the Military

February 10, 2016

The men and women in our military risk their lives to defend freedom on a daily basis—and yet their own most basic freedom of religious liberty is often at risk. First Liberty Institute is on the front lines in the battle for religious liberty for all in the military. Seasoned […]

Victories: In the Military

January 27, 2016

Marine Court-Martialed for Posting Bible Verse Marine Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling was court-martialed for posting a Bible verse in her workspace at Camp Lejeune. At her trial and on appeal, LCpl Sterling invoked the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (“RFRA”) in her defense. However, the appeals court said RFRA did […]

Dear Coach Kennedy,

I would like to say thank you. Your dedication to your faith and your commitment to the positive education of our youth is truly admirable. I am deeply grateful for your military service and for taking a courageous stance in protecting religious liberty rights for teachers and administrators.

If our First Amendment protects a player’s right to kneel in protest, it certainly protects your right to kneel in prayer.

I was shocked to learn that Bremerton High School suspended you after denying your request to continue your wholesome practice of giving thanks after football games.

The Bremerton School District’s actions violate the law and send the wrong message to coaches, young people, our communities, and our nation — a message of hostility to religious freedom and intolerance toward personal religious expression.

Please know that you are not alone in this difficult time — I support you and First Liberty as you continue to fight for religious freedom! Our schools need more coaches like you, our country needs more citizens like you, and our world needs more people like you.