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3 Reasons Why Hostility to Religion Harms Every American

By Kelly Shackelford July 29, 2016

Hostility to religion in America is escalating. This damages: Ordinary citizens who live normal lives according to their faith and conscience. The bedrock on which stand vital American institutions such as government, education, the military, business, houses of worship, and charity. Our other constitutional rights, including freedom of speech, press,


11 Religious Liberty Fronts You Need to Know About

Despite recent significant victories for religious freedom in America, there are still many battles ahead. Read more to find out what battles are still being fought. July 29, 2016

This month, First Liberty successfully stood up for Pastor Cary Gordon’s church, Cornerstone World Outreach, against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. The Commission immediately responded by reversing a claim that the government could violate churches’ religious freedom by controlling teaching and preaching about sexuality, and how churches operate facilities such


6 Attacks on Churches’ Religious Freedom

Offenses violating the religious freedom of churches are growing more frequent. Here are six examples of those offenses – and why our adversaries are wrong. July 21, 2016

First Liberty Institute recently declared victory after sending a demand letter to the Civil Rights Commission in Iowa, which attempted to control how churches could teach, preach, and operate. Cornerstone World Outreach, a church in Sioux City, Iowa, contacted First Liberty after the Commission issued a brochure stating that churches were


Here’s Why They’re Coming After Your Ministry, Church or Synagogue

Two law professors spill the beans on an intolerant agenda. July 21, 2016

By Christopher Corbett Are they coming after your house of worship or ministry? And who are “they?’ If you live in Iowa, up until two weeks ago “they” would have been your own state government, in the form of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, a body empowered to interpret, apply,


VICTORY! Iowa Officials Won’t Control Sermons

Iowa Civil Rights Commission agrees to First Liberty demand that churches remain free July 15, 2016

Last week, First Liberty Institute sent a demand letter on behalf of Cornerstone World Outreach Church to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission (CRC), requesting they retract their policy as outlined in a brochure, “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity – A Public Accommodation Provider’s Guide to Iowa Law.” The brochure expressed

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Why Americans Should Focus on Court Victories in a Heated Election Year

July 15, 2016

In an election year when Americans who value religious freedom could justifiably feel waves of anxiety, it’s no time to panic. Instead, it’s a good time to redouble our focus on the most reliable ingredients to guarding our freedom. Consider that while elections are vital, politicians promise much and usually