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Georgia pays $225,000 to settle lawsuit alleging religious discrimination AJC State officials have confirmed that they have settled for $225,000 a lawsuit filed by a hiring prospect who alleged a job offer... Read More »
Religious freedom can be restored WASHINGTON TIMES Trump would blunt the left’s assault on religious institutions... Read More »
6 ways Trump can advance religious freedom in his first 100 days THE HILL As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to take action to defend religious freedom.... Read More »
Standing for the Right to Kneel DECISION MAGAZINE What Joe Kennedy thought would be a routine jog in 2007 became the first leg on a journey leading him into... Read More »
Looking Back: A Snapshot of Religious Liberty in 2016 THE STREAM It’s been a difficult year for religious freedom in America, but the future holds “huge windows of opportunity,"... Read More »
‘I will always put my faith first’: Catholic health educator fired for refusing to teach birth control WASHINGTON POST A former Texas health-center worker said she was fired and discriminated against after refusing to teach patients about contraceptive practices... Read More »

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MADRID First Liberty sent a demand letter to the Air Force saying that Col. Madrid has been denied due process and expressing concern that the Air Force may have discriminated against Col. Madrid because of his religious beliefs. Read More »
MERCER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS In January 2017, Mercer County Schools was sued over an optional class it offers that teaches students about the Bible. The lawsuit alleges that it is unconstitutional for Mercer County public schools to teach a class on the Bible. Read More »
KLEINS First Liberty Institute is representing Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of “Sweet Cakes by Melissa,” in a battle for the Oregon couple’s religious freedom. In 2013, two women asked the Kleins to make a cake celebrating their same-sex wedding. Read More »
STERLING V. UNITED STATES U.S. Marine court-martialed for refusing to remove Bible verse in her workspace. Read More »
DR. ERIC WALSH First Liberty is defending Dr. Eric Walsh, a public health official fired for expressing his religious beliefs in church. Read More »
ALEXIA PALMA Houston health care company fires young Catholic immigrant for being unwilling to promote contraception Read More »
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LIVINGSTON CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS Christian school fights government for right to exist. Read More »
CHABAD OF IRVINE Orthodox Jewish Synagogue Attacked by Special Interest Group Before Yom Kippur Read More »
COACH KENNEDY School district suspends football Coach Joe Kennedy over prayer. Read More »
CAMBRIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Government Refuses to Allow Christian Students to Pray Before Championship Football Game. Read More »

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In God We Trust

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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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Alexia Palma - Fired for Her Faith
Houston health care company fires young Catholic immigrant for being unwilling to promote contraception. Read More.»
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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)