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Victory for Courtroom Prayer is Applauded by Hundreds of Activists

Extremist organization halted as First Liberty defends judge. October 20, 2016

No opening of court sessions with prayer. No volunteer chaplains to comfort the grieving when a county coroner arrives. That’s what a secular legal organization demanded of a county more than 1,000 miles away. But one brave local judge, Wayne Mack of Montgomery County, Texas, and a team of attorneys


High School Promptly and Appropriately Addresses Club Sponsor’s Logo

First Liberty Institute congratulates school district for taking rapid action to correct discrimination October 20, 2016

Jesus is allowed at Lewisville Independent School District. For a while at the beginning of this school year, it didn’t seem that way. The Texas high school censored the word “Jesus” out of the business logo of a student club sponsor. “The government often thinks it can, or should, censor


First Liberty Files Supreme Court Brief Defending Religious Freedom, Free Speech of Faith-Based Schools

The future of religious schools in America could hinge on the outcome of one case currently before the United States Supreme Court. October 14, 2016

The future of religious schools in America could hinge on the outcome of one case currently before the United States Supreme Court — Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. First Liberty filed a brief on Tuesday, September 27 on behalf of religious educational institutions and educators, asking the Court to


Jewish Ceremony Banned—Until First Liberty Steps In

An extremist special interest group tried to bar a California synagogue from performing its traditional religious ceremony preceding Yom Kippur. October 14, 2016

A few days before the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah, observed this year on October 2, an extremist special interest group filed a federal lawsuit to stop a small Jewish synagogue in California from partaking in a traditional ceremony to be carried out shortly thereafter. The kaporos (“atonement”) ceremony


Appeal: Coach Kennedy Fighting to Get Back in the Game

First Liberty appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Monday to get Kennedy back in the game for the remainder of the football season. October 7, 2016

Coach Joe Kennedy is ready to leave the bleachers and get back on the sidelines as football coach. First Liberty is pulling out all the legal stops to make that happen sooner rather than later. First Liberty filed an appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


First Liberty Secures Victory for Commissioners to Open Court Sessions in Prayer

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Upholds Legislative Prayer as Constitutional October 7, 2016

On September 19, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that the Rowan County commissioners can continue to open their court sessions in prayer. In a 2-1 ruling, the court held that the district court erred in ruling the practice unconstitutional and reversed and remanded the