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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 »
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 »
CNN Court: Cross-shaped WWI memorial is unconstitutional A federal appeals court has ruled that a 40-foot cross-shaped Maryland monument honoring soldiers who died in World War I is unconstitutional, saying it violates the separation between church and state. 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

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 »
INSIGHT FOR LIVING MINISTRIES Under the HHS Mandate, Insight for Living Ministries could be forced to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs or pay penalties of $100 per day per employee. Read More »
HHS Mandate Ministries required by federal government to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs Read More »
JOHN BROOKS Employees have a right to live according to their religious beliefs both on and off the job. John Brooks, a firefighter and paramedic in Utica, New York, just wants to be treated like every other firefighter in his department. Read More »
CAMBRIDGE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Government Refuses to Allow Christian Students to Pray Before Championship Football Game. Read More »
COLONEL BOHANNON Highly decorated Air Force Colonel suffers potentially career-ending punishment for his religious convictions. Read More »
MATTHEWS V. KOUNTZE ISD Cheerleaders banned from painting scripture verses on cheer banners. Read More »
Orthodox Jewish Congregations & Kaporos On the eve of Yom Kippur animal activists threaten Orthodox Jewish synagogue with private persons arrests on the eve of the Jewish High Holy Days Read More »

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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)