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First Liberty Cases

Oscar Rodriguez, Jr., a Decorated Air Force veteran assaulted and forcibly removed from retirement ceremony over the word “God”

Oscar Rodriguez, Jr.

April 3, 2018

Decorated Air Force veteran assaulted and dragged out of retirement ceremony over the word “God”.

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Col. Michael Madrid Case

Colonel Michael Madrid

January 28, 2017

Air Force Colonel Punished for his religious beliefs fights back.

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Phillip Monk

October 12, 2013

Air Force combat Veteran persecuted by Commander for religious beliefs about marriage and threatened with loss of career and retirement benefits after filing complaint.

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Dear Coach Kennedy,

I would like to say thank you. Your dedication to your faith and your commitment to the positive education of our youth is truly admirable. I am deeply grateful for your military service and for taking a courageous stance in protecting religious liberty rights for teachers and administrators.

If our First Amendment protects a player’s right to kneel in protest, it certainly protects your right to kneel in prayer.

I was shocked to learn that Bremerton High School suspended you after denying your request to continue your wholesome practice of giving thanks after football games.

The Bremerton School District’s actions violate the law and send the wrong message to coaches, young people, our communities, and our nation — a message of hostility to religious freedom and intolerance toward personal religious expression.

Please know that you are not alone in this difficult time — I support you and First Liberty as you continue to fight for religious freedom! Our schools need more coaches like you, our country needs more citizens like you, and our world needs more people like you.