First Liberty Urges Federal Court to Stop Discrimination Against Religious Dog Tags

On May 13th, First Liberty Institute and the law firm Fish & Richardson filed a motion for preliminary injunction on behalf of Shields of Strength, seeking to stop the Department of Defense (DoD) from enforcing its discriminatory policy which prevents Shields from producing and distributing military themed replica dog tags with encouraging Bible verses.

The motion, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division, can be read here.

“Military commanders and service members regularly ask for Shields of Strength products, but the DoD’s unconstitutional policy forces it to say no,” said Mike Berry, Director of Military Affairs for First Liberty Institute. “We are asking the court to right this wrong immediately and allow Shields of Strength to deploy its inspirational messages to the troops who ask for them.”

For nearly 25 years, Kenny and his wife Tammie have been making Shields of Strength, military themed replica dog tags and jewelry with encouraging Bible verses, worn by American service members around the world.


Thank you for supporting First Liberty fight  as we fight for the rights of our veterans and service members to live out their faith while they serve our country. Your ongoing prayers and financial support are the reason why we can keep fighting on behalf of these courageous Americans.

Will you stand with Shields of Strength as they fight this discrimination?

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