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The New York Times Appeals Court Denies Bid to Rehear Bladensburg WWI Memorial Case BLADENSBURG, Md. — A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected a request to reconsider its ruling that a 40-foot-tall (12-meter) cross on a Maryland highway median just outside Washington violates the U.S. Constitution, prompting supporters of the war memorial to vow to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read More »
The Daily Signal First Amendment Protects Unpopular Views, Like Those Held By The Kleins The story is all too familiar by now: A same-sex couple asks a religious baker to custom create a wedding cake. The baker politely apologizes, but the resulting lawsuit shuts down the bakery. But this time, the story has a different ending—for now. Read More »
The Hill Can An America Hostile to Religion Ever Have Another Billy Graham? Billy Graham was a unique figure not only in American history, but in the much longer history of Christianity. He led more than 400 crusades, preached to millions of souls in person, reached millions and millions more through television and radio, and counseled presidents. It will be very difficult indeed to replace a man of such impact and integrity. Read More »
The Washington Post Federal Court Upholds Ruling That Bladensburg WWI Memorial is Unconstitutional A federal appeals court is standing by a ruling that calls for the removal or destruction of a large cross-shaped monument on public land that has towered over a busy Maryland intersection for nearly 100 years. Read More »
The National Review Five Major Actions of Trump's First Year Defending Religious Liberty During his first State of the Union address, President Trump noted that his administration has “taken historic actions to protect religious liberty.” Measured against eight years of a previous president intent on reducing religious liberty to little more than “freedom of worship,” who relentlessly pursued nuns in court in an effort to force them to purchase birth control, President Trump’s actions are, indeed, historic. Read More »
Fox News Religious Freedom Day Comes in a Year When This Vital Freedom is Threatened Tuesday marks National Religious Freedom Day – a day many Americans may have never heard of, but one that honors what is perhaps our most important and fundamental freedom. On Jan. 16, 1786, Virginia’s General Assembly adopted the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Written by Thomas Jefferson, this statute foreshadowed the freedom of religion guaranteed to all Americans through the First Amendment to the Constitution. Read More »

First Liberty Cases

AGUDATH ISRAEL OF AMERICA Condominium Board of Directors bans religion from premises Read More »
DONNA DUNBAR Condominium Board of Directors bans religion from premises Read More »
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KLEINS State of Oregon makes bakers pay $135,000 for operating bakery according to their faith Read More »
BLADENSBURG Federal Court of Appeals orders removal of 90-year-old Veterans Memorial Read More »
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 »
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 »
MARY ANNE SAUSE Government officials tell Mary Anne Sause to stop praying in her own home. Read More »
TONI RICHARDSON School employee banned from saying “I will pray for you” in private conversations at work. Read More »

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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)