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Shields of Strength | First Liberty

A Decades-Old Tradition of Faith in Our Military Now Under Attack


Since 1997, more than a million grateful servicemen and women have found hope and encouragement in Shields of Strength replica dog tags. Inscribed with uplifting scriptures, these tags are more than just a piece of metal to our military members—they are “faith in your eternal security,” as one veteran puts it. Nobody has ever complained. But now, a radical anti-faith group is trying to have these beloved symbols of hope removed—simply because they bear a religious message.



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Military | First Liberty
The First Iraq War Soldier Buried in Arlington National Cemetery Wore Shields of Strength
by Jorge Gomez • 5 min read In April 2003, U.S. Army Capt. Russell B. “Rusty” Rippetoe and two other Army Rangers serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom made the ultimate...
Judicial | First Liberty
Will the Supreme Court Uphold the Church’s Right to Choose?
The Ninth Circuit recently ruled that courts have the authority to interfere in the church’s affairs, including who religious institutions select as their priests, rabbis and ministers. Now, the Supreme Court has an opportunity to definitively rule that the decision on ministry should be between a church and its members, not that of the government.
Military | First Liberty
Anti-Faith Activists Threaten to Rip Away Inspirational Dog Tags from Military Service Members
Shields of Strength are much more than just a chain. For those serving in uniform, these tags are a source of encouragement, a symbol of sacrifice and a tangible reminder of the strength gained through faith.
Community | First Liberty
Get Your Copy of Our Newest Edition: Undeniable: Faith on Trial in America!
A scan of recent headlines is proof that daily attacks and discrimination against people of faith in our country are not only rising—they’re more brazen, bold and relentless than ever before. Get a free copy of one of our most trusted and credible resources.
Community | First Liberty
5 Exclusive First Liberty “Stocking Stuffers” That Make Great Gifts for the Holidays
From our special Bladensburg Victory Commemorative Coin, handy pocket Constitution, and brand-new Undeniable: Faith On Trial In America! book, there are plenty of free FLI resources to stuff your stockings this holiday season.
First Liberty | Meet Kelly Shackelford

Kelly Shackelford: 30 Years of Leading the Fight

“Everybody’s free to go do great things.”
If you’re around First Liberty for long, you’ll hear these words from Kelly Shackelford more than a few times. But to Kelly, this isn’t just an empty mantra. It’s the culmination of a lifelong mission, and a goal that still drives him forward to this day: the freedom to live out your faith.

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