Around the Institute: What’s Happening at First Liberty

February 23, 2024
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A weekly roundup of exciting things happening at First Liberty.

Babylon Bee Fights for Free Speech All the Way to the Supreme Court

Senior Counsel Jeremy Dys—along with Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon—wrote an op-ed for Fox News discussing Big Tech’s abuse of vague policies to silence free speech and religious perspectives. Click below to read it:

First Liberty filed a brief at the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of The Babylon Bee, as well as its sibling, Not the Bee, a Christian news website. Their content has been censored and shadow banned, which has led to decreased web traffic to each site.

A big part of the problem is that Big Tech companies may claim to be “content-neutral” and an “open platform,” but then turn around and silence viewpoints with which they disagree, including religious and conservative viewpoints.

Social media giants are not applying their own rules and guidelines evenly. They’re “selectively invoking vague policies against ‘hate’ and ‘misinformation’ to stunt the free flow of information and silence conservative voices.” We explain to the nation’s highest court that holding tech companies accountable is consistent with federal law and the First Amendment.

Attorney Jeremy Dys Speaks at 2024 National Religious Broadcasters Convention

Senior Counsel Jeremy Dys participated in an expert forum at this year’s National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville. The session was titled “Christian Liberty: The Current Legal Landscape,” where they discussed the most important legal cases impacting religious liberty and the First Amendment.

He was joined by a few of our friends and allies, including leaders from Alliance Defending Freedom, the Pacific Justice Institute and Liberty Counsel.

First Liberty Insider | Jeremy Dys NRB 2024
First Liberty Insider | Jeremy Dys NRB 2024

Attorney Kayla Toney Speaks at the Federalist Society

Associate Counsel Kayla Toney joined an expert panel this week at The Federalist Society discussing recent legal cases involving the First Amendment, parental rights and what topics and texts kids are being exposed to in public schools.

She was joined by Miles Coleman, partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

Our legal team recently secured a win for several devout Muslim families who immigrated from war-torn Somalia. Six families in the suburbs of Minneapolis will be able to opt their children out of sexually based materials being taught in English classes in the St. Louis Park Public School District.

Congratulations Steve Purdum and Jan LaDue for 10 Years of Service

Chief Development Officer Steve Purdum and Event Specialist Jan LaDue are celebrating 10 years at First Liberty. They’re a centerpiece of our Ministry Relations team.

Steve and Jan, we simply can’t say enough about your dedication and passion for our mission. Your impact on the team is immeasurable. Thank you for pouring your heart and soul into making sure that every one of our events is memorable and inspiring. We can’t say enough good things about your hard work, positive attitude and tender spirit.

Happy work anniversary! Here’s to your legacy and to many more years of work together.

Steve Purdum | First Liberty

Jan Ladue | First Liberty

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