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First Liberty Launches Analyzing Gorsuch’s Religious Freedom Record

March 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas – Today, as the Senate begins confirmation hearings on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, First Liberty Institute launches analyzing Judge Gorsuch’s record on religious freedom.

“After careful analysis of Judge Gorsuch’s opinions, I’m pleased to see that he has a strong and clear record of protecting religious liberty for everyone, from the Hobby Lobby family to the Little Sisters of the Poor,” Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of First Liberty Institute, says.

As a judge on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, Gorsuch authored or signed several landmark opinions on religious freedom cases, including cases related to the HHS Contraception Mandate and the Establishment Clause. For full analysis of these cases, visit

Shackelford says Gorsuch’s support for religious freedom points to many reasons he is an excellent nominee for the Supreme Court.

“In the 3,000 opinions he has authored or joined, Judge Gorsuch has clearly shown himself to be a champion of judicial independence, fairness, and strong adherence to the rule of law,” Shackelford says. “As the Senate considers his nomination, there is really no valid excuse for opposition. ‘Gotcha’ questions by partisan Senators will add nothing to the process.”

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Dear Coach Kennedy,

I would like to say thank you. Your dedication to your faith and your commitment to the positive education of our youth is truly admirable. I am deeply grateful for your military service and for taking a courageous stance in protecting religious liberty rights for teachers and administrators.

If our First Amendment protects a player’s right to kneel in protest, it certainly protects your right to kneel in prayer.

I was shocked to learn that Bremerton High School suspended you after denying your request to continue your wholesome practice of giving thanks after football games.

The Bremerton School District’s actions violate the law and send the wrong message to coaches, young people, our communities, and our nation — a message of hostility to religious freedom and intolerance toward personal religious expression.

Please know that you are not alone in this difficult time — I support you and First Liberty as you continue to fight for religious freedom! Our schools need more coaches like you, our country needs more citizens like you, and our world needs more people like you.