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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 »
The Clarion-Ledger Fifth Circuit preserves Ted Kennedy’s legacy on religious freedom The recent ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Mississippi House Bill 1523... Read More »
Daily Signal Coach Kennedy, Who Lost His Job After Praying, Makes His Case to 9th Circuit Court Coach Joe Kennedy took his fight to be allowed to pray silently on the football field to court this week, appealing to a bench with a liberal reputation. Read More »
Fox News School: You may not recite prayer in the name of Jesus Christ Moriah Bridges wanted to thank God for His immeasurable blessings on Beaver High School’s graduating class. But she could not, because it was against the law. 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

CHURCHES IMPACTED BY HARVEY AND IRMA FEMA discrimination against churches houses of worship Read More »
JACKSON COUNTY, MICHIGAN County sued for legislative invocations led by commissioners Read More »
KLEINS State of Oregon makes bakers pay $135,000 for operating bakery according to their faith Read More »
COACH KENNEDY School district fires football Coach Joe Kennedy over prayer Read More »
OSCAR RODRIGUEZ, JR. Decorated Air Force veteran assaulted and dragged out of retirement ceremony over the word “God”. Read More »
CHABAD OF IRVINE Orthodox Jewish synagogue attacked by special interest group before Yom Kippur. Read More »
MORIAH BRIDGES High school senior instructed to censor graduation remarks. Read More »
LIVINGSTON CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS Christian school fights government for right to exist. Read More »
TONI RICHARDSON School employee banned from saying “I will pray for you” in private conversations at work. Read More »
ALEXIA PALMA Houston health care company fires young Catholic immigrant for being unwilling to promote contraception 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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First Liberty News

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)