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The Little-Known History of American Religious Freedom

From the time of the Roman Empire to the British Empire, seeds were planted that would contribute to religious liberty in America. October 20, 2017

America is known for being a land of religious freedom. Many Americans—and in fact, many people around the world—know that the United States provides strong constitutional protections that guarantee the “free exercise” of religious faith. But where did religious freedom come from? The answer goes back farther in history than

“Shocking and Wrong”: Federal Court Orders Removal of 90-Year-Old Veterans Memorial

Decision could trigger the removal and destruction of memorials across America. October 20, 2017

On Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit declared unconstitutional the historic, cross-shaped Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial in Maryland. A three-judge panel of the Court ruled that the 90-year-old war memorial violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The law

Religious Freedom is Deep in America’s Roots

Though easily overlooked, religious freedom was a grassroots movement even before the Bill of Rights. Why would we want to abandon that heritage? October 13, 2017

Editor’s Note: The effort to defend and restore religious freedom for all Americans requires that more citizens know how religious liberty became so ingrained in our society and law. In this article, First Liberty writer Catherine Frappier shines a spotlight on key events in our history of freedom. When you

First Liberty Praises New White House Actions Protecting People of Faith

Trump Administration Announces Two Bold Policy Moves in Favor of Religious Freedom October 13, 2017

The Trump administration has announced two significant directives that will protect the religious liberty of all Americans—critical protections that will immediately benefit First Liberty Institute’s clients and aid many others. SHELTER FROM CONTRACEPTION MANDATE First, thanks to a new interim final rule announced by the Trump administration, clients of First

First Liberty’s Orthodox Jewish Clients Attacked During High Holy Days

Animal activists storm property of First Liberty client, steal chickens, and threaten arrest over religious ceremony. October 6, 2017

Last week, during the early morning hours of Thursday, September 28, First Liberty Institute filed for an emergency protective order for its clients, Orthodox Jewish congregations and their members. Animal rights activists had promised they would let the Congregations practice their kaporos ceremony without interfering or physically placing anyone under

VICTORY: Kountze Cheerleaders Win at Texas Appeals Court

Court upholds cheerleaders’ religious freedom rights after school district—challenged by FFRF and supported by the ACLU—had claimed the right to censor scripture verses on cheer banners. October 6, 2017

In yet another win and precedent for private speech protected by the First Amendment, the Texas Court of Appeals for the Ninth District last week ruled in favor of the Kountze, TX cheerleaders who were banned from including Bible verses on run-through banners at football games. The school district prohibited