Football Coach Seeks En Banc Rehearing Following Extreme, Far-Reaching Opinion by Three-Judge Appeals Panel

First Liberty attorneys say future of private prayer hangs in the balance
September 21, 2017 • Press Releases

SEATTLE, Wash.—Attorneys for First Liberty Institute today filed a petition on behalf of their client, football coach Joe Kennedy, requesting an en banc rehearing of Coach Kennedy’s case by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. If granted, eleven active Ninth Circuit judges—including the chief judge—would hear Coach

Orthodox Jewish Community Safe Against Threat of Arrest for Practicing Their Faith for Now

First Liberty Institute obtains agreement protecting Los Angeles area synagogues and members threatened in lawsuit brought by animal rights activists.
September 21, 2017 • Press Releases

LOS ANGELES, California—On the eve of the Jewish High Holy Days, attorneys with First Liberty Institute obtained assurances from attorneys representing animal rights activists that Orthodox Jews practicing kaporos will not be physically assaulted and placed under “private persons arrest.” Such assurances come a week after activists filed APRL v.

First Liberty Asks President Trump to End FEMA Relief Discrimination Against Houses of Worship

Letter asks Trump administration to extend federal aid to hurricane-affected churches.
September 20, 2017 • Press Releases

HOUSTON, Texas—Today, First Liberty Institute sent a letter to the White House asking the Trump Administration to end a discriminatory FEMA directive that makes churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, or other houses of worship in Texas and Florida ineligible for FEMA relief following recent devastating hurricanes. “This is a discriminatory policy

First Liberty Submits Brief in Baker’s Supreme Court Case

To Court: Don’t compel Colorado cake artist to communicate approval of event that violates his religious belief.
September 15, 2017 • News & Commentary

On September 7, 2017, attorneys with First Liberty Institute filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of their clients, Aaron and Melissa Klein. The amicus brief was filed in support of Jack Phillips, the petitioner in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission,

First Liberty Officially Releases 2017 edition of UNDENIABLE—Delivered to President, Congress

Annual survey of hostility to religion finds over 1,400 incidents, a 15% increase in the last year and 133% increase over five years.
September 15, 2017 • News & Commentary

This week, First Liberty Institute officially launched the 2017 edition of UNDENIABLE: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America. Copies of the 2017 edition are being delivered to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and all members of Congress. On Tuesday, First Liberty held a national media conference.

Ninth Circuit Rejects Activists’ Sneak Attack on Synagogue Days Before High Holidays

First Liberty Institute halts efforts to stop ancient religious ritual for the third time.
September 14, 2017 • Press Releases

IRVINE, CA—Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected yet another effort by activists to prevent Chabad of Irvine, an Orthodox Jewish synagogue represented by First Liberty Institute, from exercising its faith through a historic Jewish ritual that takes place before Yom Kippur. The Court issued an