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First Liberty Submits Brief in Baker’s Supreme Court Case

To Court: Don’t compel Colorado cake artist to communicate approval of event that violates his religious belief.
September 15, 2017 • News & Commentary

On September 7, 2017, attorneys with First Liberty Institute filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of their clients, Aaron and Melissa Klein. The amicus brief was filed in support of Jack Phillips, the petitioner in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission,

First Liberty Officially Releases 2017 edition of UNDENIABLE—Delivered to President, Congress

Annual survey of hostility to religion finds over 1,400 incidents, a 15% increase in the last year and 133% increase over five years.
September 15, 2017 • News & Commentary

This week, First Liberty Institute officially launched the 2017 edition of UNDENIABLE: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America. Copies of the 2017 edition are being delivered to President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and all members of Congress. On Tuesday, First Liberty held a national media conference.

Ninth Circuit Rejects Activists’ Sneak Attack on Synagogue Days Before High Holidays

First Liberty Institute halts efforts to stop ancient religious ritual for the third time.
September 14, 2017 • Press Releases

IRVINE, CA—Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit rejected yet another effort by activists to prevent Chabad of Irvine, an Orthodox Jewish synagogue represented by First Liberty Institute, from exercising its faith through a historic Jewish ritual that takes place before Yom Kippur. The Court issued an

UNDENIABLE: First Liberty Institute Finds Unprecedented Rise in American Religious Hostility

Attorneys discover 133 percent increase in documented attacks on religion in five years.
September 12, 2017 • Press Releases

Plano, Texas—This week, First Liberty Institute announced the release of Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America (2017 Edition). Including over 1,400 cases of domestic attacks on religious liberty, Undeniable documents an unprecedented 133 percent increase in American religious hostility over the past five years. “The American people

Federal Appeals Court: County Meetings May Open with Invocation

First Liberty represented Michigan county commissioners in major win.
September 8, 2017 • News & Commentary

  Watch Kelly Shackelford explain what this ruling means for America   On Wednesday, the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that the Board of Commissioners themselves in Jackson County, Michigan may open meetings with invocations. The decision—in which First Liberty represented commissioners of Jackson County,

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Rules in Favor of Invocations

Court affirms commissioners’ practice of participating in over two-hundred-year-old tradition of invocations before government meetings.
September 6, 2017 • Press Releases

CINCINNATI, Ohio—The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit sitting en banc affirmed the decision of a federal district court judge and ruled today that the Board of Commissioners in Jackson County, Michigan—represented by First Liberty Institute—may open its meetings with invocations. The commissioners offer invocations on a