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The New York Times A 40-Foot Memorial Has Honored War Dead for 90 Years. Is It Unlawful? BLADENSBURG, Md. — Five miles from the United States Supreme Court, a 40-foot-tall World War I memorial has stood for nearly a century. Now, it is at the center of a battle over the separation of church and state that may end up on the court’s docket. Read More »
The Hill OPINION | US courts: Can’t pray at work, can’t pray at home Earlier this week, the federal court of appeals in San Francisco announced that a school district in Washington State could fire high school... Read More »
US Daily Review US Air Force Accused of Violating Freedom of Information Act Today, First Liberty Institute filed a lawsuit against Department of the Air Force alleging violations of the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) for wrongfully withholding the results of an investigation from First Liberty and the American public. Read More »
Mosaic Jews Must Join in the Fight for Religious Freedom Guarding our own freedom necessarily also requires caring about the religious rights of Catholics, Evangelical Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and anyone else whose First Amendment rights to freedom of religion are being threatened. Read More »
Fox News - Todd Starnes School: Praying for a Colleague is Unacceptable A school worker in Augusta, Maine was ordered to stop using religious phrases like “I will pray for you” and “You were in my prayers”... Read More »

First Liberty Cases

COACH KENNEDY School district fires football Coach Joe Kennedy over prayer Read More »
MATTHEWS V. KOUNTZE ISD Cheerleaders banned from painting scripture verses on cheer banners. Read More »
KLEINS State of Oregon makes bakers pay $135,000 for operating bakery according to their faith Read More »
CHURCHES IMPACTED BY HARVEY AND IRMA Trump administration ends policy prohibiting houses of worship from receiving FEMA aid after receiving letter from First Liberty. Read More »
MORIAH BRIDGES High school senior instructed to censor graduation remarks. Read More »
CALVARY CHAPEL Church told it cannot share community event information with students because flyers are too religious Read More »
MARY ANNE SAUSE Government officials tell Mary Anne Sause to stop praying in her own home. Read More »
MERCER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Mercer County Schools was sued over an optional class it offers that teaches students about the Bible; a judge threw this legal attack out of court. Read More »
TONI RICHARDSON School employee banned from saying “I will pray for you” in private conversations at work. Read More »
BLADENSBURG Federal Court of Appeals orders removal of 90-year-old Veterans Memorial Read More »
133%

increase in religious liberty attacks in past 5 years

388

religious liberty legal matters last year

90%

win rate for legal matters

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Moriah Bridges - High school senior instructed to censor graduation remarks

Moriah Bridges was a graduating high school student in Beaver, Pennsylvania, who was asked by the senior class president to give remarks at their graduation ceremony on June 2, 2017.

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Jackson County, Michigan - County sued for legislative invocations led by commissioners

Each monthly meeting of the nine-member Board of Commissioners in Jackson County, Michigan, begins with an invocation given by one of the county commissioners.

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Coach Kennedy - School district fires football coach Joe Kennedy over prayer

Bremerton High School in Washington State ordered football Coach Joe Kennedy to stop his seven-year practice of praying on the field after every game.

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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.

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 2016, attacks on religious freedom in America increased 133%. (Documented in First Liberty’s annual survey, Undeniable: Survey of Hostility to Religion in America)

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