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Photo credit: Beth Dare Photography, courtesy of First Liberty Christian school goes to court to defend a 30-second pregame prayer Fox News Opinion Last December the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) refused to allow a private Christian school to deliver a pregame prayer over a loudspeaker before a championship football game. Read More »
Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 5.15.01 PM Texas judge under fire for offering prayer in the courtroom FOX AND FRIENDS Attorneys have complained that the practice is ‘unconstitutional.’ Read More »
Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 4.02.45 PM Coach fired for praying speaks out after filing lawsuit THE KELLY FILE Coach Joe Kennedy goes on 'The Kelly File' to explain why he took legal action against the school district. Read More »
Sketch of Oral Arguments before Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces in United States v. Sterling – Art by Dana Verkouteren. Military Court Botches RFRA NATIONAL REVIEW By a vote of 4-1 yesterday in United States v. Sterling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces adopted a strangely narrow reading of the threshold provisions of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Read More »

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1st Choice Marine When Flower Mound High School asked parents to sponsor the school’s bass fishing club, Wess Jones readily agreed. In exchange for his sponsorship fee, the school would featuring a sponsor’s logo on the club’s website, jerseys, and event banners. Read More »
CHABAD OF IRVINE First Liberty Institute is defending the right of a small Orthodox Jewish synagogue in California to perform a religious ceremony in accordance with their beliefs. Read More »
COACH KENNEDY School district suspends football Coach Joe Kennedy over prayer. Read More »
MARY ANNE SAUSE Officers Tell Mary Anne Sause to Stop Praying in Her Own Home Read More »
CAMBRIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Government Refuses to Allow Christian Students to Pray Before Championship Football Game. Read More »
ROWAN COUNTY First Liberty Institute Defends Legislative Prayer at Federal Appeals Court. Read More »
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CORNERSTONE WORLD OUTREACH CHURCH The State of Iowa published a brochure defining churches as places of public accommodation and claiming that the state has the power to control what the church teaches regarding matters of gender and sexuality. Read More »
OSCAR RODRIGUEZ, JR. Decorated Air Force veteran assaulted and dragged out of retirement ceremony over the word “God”. Read More »
The 170-foot Sagemont Church Cross in Houston, Texas inspired Pastor Milby to build the Corpus Christi Cross. (Photo credit: Sagemont Church. May be republished.)
CORPUS CHRISTI CROSS Atheist from San Antonio sues Corpus Christi pastor for building America's tallest cross on church property. Read More »
OKLAHOMANS UNITED FOR LIFE Oklahoma State University allows pro-life group on campus following First Liberty action. Read More »

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In God We Trust

Stand up for America’s National Motto and support the rights of law enforcement officers to display it on their department vehicles by requesting your FREE “In God We Trust” window cling here!

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First Liberty on Offense: Florida Christian School Sues Gov’t Organization Over Prayer Ban

The Florida High School Athletic Association told two private Christian schools they couldn’t pray over the loudspeaker before the football state championship game. First Liberty is fighting back.

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First Liberty: Government Can’t Tell You to Stop Praying in Your Own Home

First Liberty is defending one woman’s right to pray in her own home.

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Coach Kennedy Needs You!
He was fired from his job as a beloved high school coach – for praying. Join #TeamKennedy to help put Coach Kennedy back in the game! Find out how.»
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Religious Liberty Facts

First Amendment

Religious liberty is the first right mentioned in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Charities in America

According to the Non-Profit Times, three of the top five charities in America are religiously affiliated (YMCA, Catholic Charities, and the Salvation Army).

Religious Landscape

Seventy-seven percent of American adults identify as religious, according to the Pew Research Center.

Religious Services

Over 88.2 million (36 percent) adults attend religious services at least once a week.

Religious Schools

In the 2011-12 school year, religious elementary and secondary schools educated over 4 million students.

Americans’ Rights

George Washington called religious liberty one of Americans’ “choicest” blessings and rights in 1789.

James Madison

In 1792, James Madison said, “conscience is the most sacred of all property.”

Attacks on Religious Freedom

Between 2011 and 2015, attacks on religious freedom in America tripled. (Documented in First Liberty’s annual survey, Undeniable: Survey of Hostility to Religion in America)