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Religious Liberty Issues

At First Liberty Institute, we believe that true religious liberty means recognizing the fundamental right of every individual—including all ages, races, genders, and faiths—to follow their conscience and to live according to their beliefs. Because of that, our mission is simple: to protect religious freedom for all.

To protect your rights effectively, First Liberty focuses on four critical areas:

Military

  • Active service members
  • Chaplains
  • Veterans
  • Military and veteran support organizations
  • Veterans memorials
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Schools

  • Students
  • Parents
  • Teachers, administrators, and staff
  • Religious clubs
  • Faith-based schools, seminaries and other faith-based institutions
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Public Arena

  • Religious speech
  • Workplace (employers and employees)
  • Public displays and monuments
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Churches and Ministries

  • Churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship
  • Religious ministries or organizations
  • Other religious institutions of all faiths
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Education and Empowerment

Knowledge is power. That’s why First Liberty Institute offers exclusive online educational resources for free—empowering Americans with the knowledge of their religious liberty rights and the tools needed to prevent legal attacks—in the military, in schools, in the public arena, and in churches and ministries.
Read more about First Liberty’s Protection Kits, Religious Liberty Audits, and more on our Rights and Resources page.

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.