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Religious Freedom is Deep in America’s Roots

Though easily overlooked, religious freedom was a grassroots movement even before the Bill of Rights. Why would we want to abandon that heritage?
October 13, 2017 • News & Commentary

Editor’s Note: The effort to defend and restore religious freedom for all Americans requires that more citizens know how religious liberty became so ingrained in our society and law. In this article, First Liberty writer Catherine Frappier shines a spotlight on key events in our history of freedom. When you

First Liberty Praises New White House Actions Protecting People of Faith

Trump Administration Announces Two Bold Policy Moves in Favor of Religious Freedom
October 13, 2017 • News & Commentary

The Trump administration has announced two significant directives that will protect the religious liberty of all Americans—critical protections that will immediately benefit First Liberty Institute’s clients and aid many others. SHELTER FROM CONTRACEPTION MANDATE First, thanks to a new interim final rule announced by the Trump administration, clients of First

First Liberty Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Review Decision on Legislative Prayers

First Liberty attorneys say circuit split creates imminent need for Supreme Court review
October 12, 2017 • Press Releases

WASHINGTON— First Liberty Institute on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Rowan County, North Carolina to review the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Rowan County v. Lund prohibiting Rowan County’s commissioners from opening their meetings with prayer. The federal courts

First Liberty Institute Praises New Exemptions to Contraceptive Mandate, DOJ Guidance on Religious Liberty

Trump administration announces broad protection for Americans of all religious beliefs and moral convictions.
October 6, 2017 • Press Releases

PLANO, Texas—Today, the Trump administration announced two significant policy positions that will protect the religious liberty of all Americans—critical protections that will immediately benefit First Liberty Institute’s clients and aid many others. Thanks to a new interim final rule announced by the Trump administration, clients of First Liberty are now

First Liberty’s Orthodox Jewish Clients Attacked During High Holy Days

Animal activists storm property of First Liberty client, steal chickens, and threaten arrest over religious ceremony.
October 6, 2017 • News & Commentary

Last week, during the early morning hours of Thursday, September 28, First Liberty Institute filed for an emergency protective order for its clients, Orthodox Jewish congregations and their members. Animal rights activists had promised they would let the Congregations practice their kaporos ceremony without interfering or physically placing anyone under

VICTORY: Kountze Cheerleaders Win at Texas Appeals Court

Court upholds cheerleaders’ religious freedom rights after school district—challenged by FFRF and supported by the ACLU—had claimed the right to censor scripture verses on cheer banners.
October 6, 2017 • News & Commentary

In yet another win and precedent for private speech protected by the First Amendment, the Texas Court of Appeals for the Ninth District last week ruled in favor of the Kountze, TX cheerleaders who were banned from including Bible verses on run-through banners at football games. The school district prohibited