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First Liberty to Appeal Sterling Case to Supreme Court

After the highest court for the U.S. Military denied Sterling’s constitutional rights under federal law, First Liberty plans to appeal the case to SCOTUS. August 18, 2016

In April, First Liberty made history, arguing along side a former U.S. Solicitor General in one of the few religious freedom cases to ever grace the highest court for the United States military. The case was United States v. Sterling, in which U.S. Marine LCpl Monifa Sterling was court-martialed for


Victory for Texas Judge’s Chaplaincy Program

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a legal opinion Monday affirming important constitutional practices for judges everywhere. August 18, 2016

The Texas Attorney General issued a legal opinion Monday affirming the constitutionality of one Texas judge’s volunteer chaplaincy program and courtroom opening ceremonies. The opinion comes nearly two years after the secularist Iowa-based Freedom From Religion Foundation complained about Judge Wayne Mack’s practices to the Texas State Commission on Judicial


LAWSUIT: Coach Joe Kennedy Sues for Right to Pray

Coach Kennedy seeks to overturn Bremerton School District discrimination. August 12, 2016

On Tuesday, First Liberty Institute filed a major federal lawsuit on behalf of Coach Joe Kennedy against the Bremerton Independent School District in Washington State. The lawsuit alleges that the school district violated Coach Kennedy’s First Amendment rights to free speech and to freely express his religion when it fired


Kelly Shackelford and Former Reagan Attorney General Ed Meese Challenge Unconstitutional Legal Association Rule

A new rule just passed by the American Bar Association targets attorneys and judges over their private speech or religious beliefs. August 12, 2016

A new rule from the American Bar Association has the potential to punish free speech and religious freedom. First Liberty Institute and a top member of the Reagan administration are speaking out against it. Kelly Shackelford was joined by Edwin Meese, III, former U.S. Attorney General under President Ronald Reagan


What the History Books Overlook About America’s Founding

Our system of government was supposed to be more than just laws. The character of its people plays a role that is impossible to ignore. August 5, 2016

By: Christine Roe If you were asked to name the most important moment in American history, what would you say? The Battle of Yorktown? The end of World War II? There is one of these important moments in our history that is largely overlooked by history teachers today. At the


DARE TO BELIEVE: Here’s What Has Happened Since One Brave Student Took a Stand

When one person dared to believe, it made a difference August 5, 2016

Liz Loverde never expected to stand up on behalf of students all around her community, state, and nation. However, as a sophomore in high school, Liz defended religious liberty when she challenged the officials of Wantagh Union Free School District in Long Island, New York. As the school year began