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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

Coach Kennedy Calls the Next Play: Files Motion for En Banc Rehearing of Case

Football Coach Seeks Justice from Full Panel of Ninth Circuit Court September 29, 2017

On September 21, attorneys for First Liberty Institute and Gibson Dunn filed a petition on behalf of their client, former football coach Joe Kennedy, requesting an en banc rehearing of the case by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. If granted, eleven active Ninth Circuit judges—including the

Poll: Are Americans Afraid to be Free?

Fear of flying is now exceeded by fear of exercising freedom of speech September 29, 2017

Toni Richardson: “I have self-censored my speech in private conversations, stripping it of anything that sounds religious.” Yet still, she’s fighting back. by Christopher Corbett There may be no better way to explain the need for a robust legal defense of religious freedom than two pieces of information that emerged

VICTORY for Chabad of Irvine—But Challenges Remain

As opponents of a Jewish religious ceremony stoop to new lows, First Liberty gains its fourth victory in 12 months for an Orthodox Jewish synagogue. September 21, 2017

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit blocked an attempt to prevent Chabad of Irvine from practicing a historic Jewish ritual. The court denied the activists’ motion for an “injunction pending appeal.” In other words, this motion asked the court to stop the small Orthodox Jewish synagogue–located

Churches Affected By Hurricanes Banned From Receiving Federal Aid

First Liberty asks FEMA to remove unconstitutional ban on federal disaster relief for religious institutions. September 21, 2017

Three churches represented by First Liberty Institute are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to revoke a directive that bans religious institutions from receiving disaster relief. Among the hundreds of affected communities along the Gulf Coast, Church on the Rock Katy, Grace Community Church in Houston, and Trinity Church