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PASTORS AND POLITICS: Two Things Pastors Can’t Do During Election Season…And Everything They Can

April 20, 2016

As the 2016 presidential elections rapidly approach, many pastors are asking, “what are my rights when it comes to addressing political issues?” Many believe that political issues and the pulpit may never converge. In a four-minute video, Kelly Shackelford, First Liberty President and CEO, explains why this is simply not the

Responding to Religious Discrimination in the Military

March 14, 2016

Introduction Despite repeated efforts by Congress and military leadership to protect religious freedom within the military, incidents and problems will occur, whether intentional or through negligence. Inevitably, the question arises: What recourse or remedy is available to a service member whose constitutional rights are violated by the military? It is

Religious Freedom in the Military – FAQ

March 14, 2016

Religious Accommodation in the Military Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) & Discussion Board Introduction It is well established that the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States protects the “free exercise” of religion: “Congress shall make no law . . . prohibiting the free exercise” of religion. However, because

Conscientious Objector – FAQ

February 16, 2016

First Liberty  is committed to defending the religious rights of service members. This information is only intended to provide general guidance and should not be construed as legal advice. To request specific legal help, please submit a request.  Conscientious Objector Basics What is a Conscientious Objector? Short Answer: A Conscientious Objector is

A Time To Stand 2016

February 11, 2016

America is entering a period that renowned attorney Kelly Shackelford calls “a tipping point.” In this period, your religious freedom will either be saved or lost. The decisive battles will be fought in courtrooms. Yet the most important “soldiers” are not lawyers, but everyday people of faith who make the

Legal Glossary

January 28, 2016

Action- A general term that may refer to any number of legal options available to a client.  For example, “We will consider taking legal action in this matter.” Adjudication- The decision or resolution of a legal controversy by one with authority to do so. Affidavit- A declaration of facts confirmed—usually