Prominent Religious Liberty Law Firm and Think Tank File Friend-of-the-Court Brief Supporting Archdiocese of Washington Against WMATA’s Religious Discrimination

Brief argues that banning ads from a religious viewpoint violates the Constitution
December 1, 2017 • Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC—First Liberty Institute and the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), represented by Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, filed a friend-of-the-court brief today in federal court supporting the Archdiocese of Washington’s complaint against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). When WMATA refused to allow advertisements depicting images of shepherds

High School Student’s Fight for Religious Freedom Secures Victory for Future Students

School district apologizes, says it will no longer censor religious references in student-prepared graduation remarks
November 30, 2017 • Press Releases

BEAVER, PA, November 30, 2017—Almost six months after First Liberty Institute sent a letter to the Beaver Area School District (BASD) regarding the district’s religious censorship of high school senior Moriah Bridge’s graduation remarks, BASD has changed course. BASD has enacted a new policy explicitly stating the expressions of students

Church Told Flyers Are Too Religious, Barred from Sharing Community Events Information with Students

Attorneys say school district is unlawfully discriminating against religious speech
November 29, 2017 • Press Releases

YERINGTON, NV—Today, attorneys with First Liberty Institute and Lipson, Neilson, Cole, Seltzer & Garin, P.C. (“Lipson Neilson”) sent a letter to the Lyon County School District in Yerington, Nevada demanding the school district allow its client, Calvary Chapel Dayton Valley, to participate equally in the school’s community flyer distribution program and

First Liberty Institute Asks Congress to Protect Hurricane-Devastated Churches

House and Senate bills would correct unfair discrimination that prevents FEMA assistance to crippled churches.
November 20, 2017 • News & Commentary

Attorneys with First Liberty Institute sent letters to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan supporting the House and Senate Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Acts of 2017. In the upper chamber, Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO), Ted Cruz (R-TX), John Cornyn (R-TX), and James Lankford (R-OK), sponsored

First Liberty Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Review Case of Woman Ordered by Police to Stop Praying in Her Home  

Attorneys say police should have known their actions violated the First Amendment
November 20, 2017 • Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday, attorneys for First Liberty Institute and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP filed a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in Sause v. Bauer on behalf of their client, Mary Anne Sause. Read the petition here. The petition asks the Supreme Court to reverse the appellate

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Pilgrims, Patrick Henry…and You

Today we walk in the footsteps of pilgrims and patriots from the past—and in the presence of heroes in the here-and-now. And this Thanksgiving weekend, you might be one of those heroes. Read why.
November 20, 2017 • News & Commentary

“Give me liberty or give me death!” was the challenge issued by founder Patrick Henry to his fellow Virginians at the dawn of the American Revolution. But in that phrase he spoke for Americans of all eras and all regions—from the Pilgrims of 1620’s New England to our day, in