Texas Court Rules in Favor of Cheerleaders in Bible Banner Case

Court concludes cheerleaders’ run-through banners bearing Bible verses are private speech protected by the First Amendment
September 29, 2017 • Press Releases

Beaumont, TX, September 29, 2017 — Late Thursday, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth District of Texas decided in favor of the Kountze Cheerleaders in the case of Matthews v. Kountze Independent School District. Lead counsel James C. Ho of Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher, LLP, First Liberty Institute, and

Coach Kennedy Calls the Next Play: Files Motion for En Banc Rehearing of Case

Football Coach Seeks Justice from Full Panel of Ninth Circuit Court
September 29, 2017 • News & Commentary

On September 21, attorneys for First Liberty Institute and Gibson Dunn filed a petition on behalf of their client, former football coach Joe Kennedy, requesting an en banc rehearing of the case by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. If granted, eleven active Ninth Circuit judges—including the

Poll: Are Americans Afraid to be Free?

Fear of flying is now exceeded by fear of exercising freedom of speech
September 29, 2017 • News & Commentary

Toni Richardson: “I have self-censored my speech in private conversations, stripping it of anything that sounds religious.” Yet still, she’s fighting back. by Christopher Corbett There may be no better way to explain the need for a robust legal defense of religious freedom than two pieces of information that emerged

Animal Rights Activists Continue Oppression of Los Angeles Orthodox Jewish Community During the Jewish High Holy Days

First Liberty Institute files for an emergency protective order after activists renege on promise to refrain from harassing and threatening to arrest members of local synagogues.
September 28, 2017 • Press Releases

LOS ANGELES, California—On early Thursday morning, First Liberty Institute attorneys filed for an emergency protective order in APRL v. City of Los Angeles on behalf of five Orthodox Jewish congregations and their members. The action comes two weeks after the filing of a lawsuit seeking to compel the cities of

VICTORY for Chabad of Irvine—But Challenges Remain

As opponents of a Jewish religious ceremony stoop to new lows, First Liberty gains its fourth victory in 12 months for an Orthodox Jewish synagogue.
September 21, 2017 • News & Commentary

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit blocked an attempt to prevent Chabad of Irvine from practicing a historic Jewish ritual. The court denied the activists’ motion for an “injunction pending appeal.” In other words, this motion asked the court to stop the small Orthodox Jewish synagogue–located

Churches Affected By Hurricanes Banned From Receiving Federal Aid

First Liberty asks FEMA to remove unconstitutional ban on federal disaster relief for religious institutions.
September 21, 2017 • News & Commentary

Three churches represented by First Liberty Institute are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to revoke a directive that bans religious institutions from receiving disaster relief. Among the hundreds of affected communities along the Gulf Coast, Church on the Rock Katy, Grace Community Church in Houston, and Trinity Church