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Why President Trump’s Religious Liberty Executive Order Is Good News for America’s Military REAL CLEAR RELIGION I can think of no better way of honoring our service members and veterans than by declaring... Read More »
Facebook Live: Press Conference in Conroe, TX with Ken Paxton FACEBOOK LIVE WATCH the Press Conference announcing Judge Mack’s Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit filed against him for courtroom invocations. Read More »
School: Praying for a Colleague is Unacceptable TODD STARNES 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 »
Beyond Gorsuch: Trump has 1 judicial seat filled, 121 to go THE HILL While President Trump has done well to fill the most prominent court seat in the nation, many are unaware that President Trump... Read More »
VICTORY! Teacher Fired for Giving Student Bible — Gets Job Back FOX NEWS On the eve of First Liberty's deadline to file a federal lawsuit, the school district agreed to a settlement... Read More »
A Court-Martial for a Bible Verse THE WALL STREET JOURNAL The Supreme Court should hear out Monifa Sterling, a Marine punished over a line from Isaiah. Read More »

First Liberty Cases

TONI RICHARDSON School employee banned from saying “I will pray for you” in private conversations at work. Read More »
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CHABAD OF IRVINE Orthodox Jewish Synagogue Attacked by Special Interest Group Before Yom Kippur 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 »
COLONEL MICHEAL MADRID Air Force Colonel Punished for his religious beliefs fights back. Read More »
MERCER COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS Mercer County Schools was sued over an optional class it offers that teaches students about the Bible. Read More »
KLEINS State of Oregon Makes Bakers Pay $135,000 for Operating Bakery According to their Faith 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 »
COACH KENNEDY School district suspends football Coach Joe Kennedy over prayer. Read More »
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increase in religious liberty attacks in past 5 years

388

religious liberty legal matters last year

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win rate for cases

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Alexia Palma - Fired for her Faith

Houston health care company fires young Catholic immigrant for being unwilling to promote contraception.

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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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Lower federal courts play a key role in the outcome of many religious freedom cases. Visit our interactive map for the latest on judicial openings and nominations by President Trump. 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)