A weekly roundup of important headlines and exciting things happening at First Liberty.
Fired Christian Physician Assistant Clears Important Hurdle in Court Case
Associate Counsel Kayla Toney wrote an op-ed for the Religious Freedom Institute. She discusses our case involving Valerie Kloosterman. The University of Michigan Health system fired Valerie, a physician assistant, because of her religious beliefs:
“Like other religious healthcare providers, Valerie’s religious beliefs are intertwined with her medical judgment and professional ethics. She has taken the Hippocratic oath to ‘do no harm’ to her patients…As Valerie’s case proceeds in court, she fights on behalf of religious healthcare providers nationwide who seek to care for their patients with excellence, compassion, and respect—without sacrificing their sincerely held beliefs.”
ICYMI: Virginia Mom Prays at School Board Meeting
Great news! We recently announced a victory for Angela Kilgore, a Virginia mom who is now allowed to pray at her local school board meeting. She recently went up to the podium during her time for public comments and prayed for the school system and its students.
You may recall that back in August, the Chairman of the Suffolk County School Board said Angela wasn’t allowed to pray. First Liberty and our friends at the Founding Freedoms Law Center in Virginia sent a letter to the school board explaining why censoring prayer is unconstitutional.
The school district reversed course and followed the law. Officials did the right thing by respecting Americans’ religious liberty. No one should be censored for saying a prayer for our students and our nation’s schools.
Thank you for supporting First Liberty. These victories are incredibly meaningful to those involved. Not only is this a win for Angela, but it’s also a win for people of faith all across the country.
Touring Our Washington, D.C. Office
Earlier this year, we opened our new Washington, D.C. office.
Located on Pennsylvania Avenue, this brand new First Liberty location is not far from the U.S. Supreme Court, the White House and the U.S. Capitol. It’s a central hub of operations for our volunteer and staff attorneys—as well as our clients. It’s also a perfect stopping point for our attorneys when they are called as expert witnesses at Congressional hearings.
Here’s a quick video tour of the office: