TIME FOR GRADUATION: First Liberty Institute Educates Student Speakers About Their Religious Liberty & Free Speech Rights

May 1, 2015 • News & Commentary

Free, downloadable resources empower valedictorians and salutatorians to express their faith in graduation speeches       As graduation season nears, valedictorians and salutatorians in high schools, universities, and colleges all across our nation are preparing their speeches. Many of these bright leaders of tomorrow are young men and women

JUDGES vs. YOUR PASTOR? Proposed Law Would Protect Clergy from Being Forced to Participate in Ceremonies that Violate Their Faith

May 1, 2015 • News & Commentary

Texas is latest state to consider Pastor Protection law. Hears expert testimony from Senior Counsel Justin Butterfield of First Liberty Institute.       As the nation anxiously awaits the Supreme Court’s decision later this summer in the marriage case Obergefell v. Hodges—which could redefine marriage and lead to the

First Liberty Institute Exposes Holes in Case Against Chaplain Modder—Urges Navy to Restore Him to Service

April 24, 2015 • News & Commentary

18-page response letter sheds light on misinformation and inaccuracies in Captain John Fahs’s rush to judgment against a highly-decorated military hero     Click here to watch Chaplain Wes Modder and his wife Beth share about their painful and discriminatory experience.   On behalf of client U.S. Navy Chaplain Wes

VICTORY! City of Auburn Drops Cease-and-Desist Order Against First Presbyterian Church

April 24, 2015 • News & Commentary

House of worship seeks reimbursement from city for legal costs and plans to continue its summer glee camp outreach to local children and families   First Presbyterian Church of Auburn, New York’s Glee Camp outreach has served local children and their families each summer for the past three years. Last

First Liberty Institute Submits Friend-of-the-Court Brief on Behalf of ’60s Student-Speech Activist, Mary Beth Tinker

April 16, 2015 • News & Commentary

Plaintiff from landmark 1969 public school student speech case takes special interest in 21stcentury off-campus speech case     Mary Beth Tinker (l) and her brother John Tinker (r) with their armbands they wore to peacefully protest the Vietnam War in 1969.   One of the great ironies of modern

First Liberty Institute Files Counter-Lawsuit Against City of Dallas on Behalf of Small Orthodox Jewish Congregation

April 10, 2015 • News & Commentary

Nation’s ninth largest city tries to shut down Congregation Toras Chaim and prohibit Jewish families from worshipping in a private home     Rabbi Yaakov Rich, leader of Congregation Toras Chaim, is hopeful his small congregation of approximately 20 families will not be shut down by the City of Dallas.