Religious Freedom in the Military

Air Force Colonel Punished for his Religious Beliefs Fights Back

Colonel Michael Madrid’s law firm demands that the Air Force rescind Col. Madrid’s punishment and attempt to destroy his career
March 29, 2017 • Press Releases

San Antonio, Texas – Today, First Liberty Institute, a national religious freedom law firm, sent a demand letter to the United States Air Force on behalf of its client, Colonel Michael Madrid, USAF. First Liberty attorneys say the Air Force discriminated against Col. Madrid because of his religious beliefs about […]

Military high court rules against ‘Bible verse Marine’

Conservative Review
August 11, 2016 • In the News

The highest military court in the United States has ruled against a former Marine who was given a bad conduct discharge after she refused to take down Bible verses from her workstation in 2014.

First Liberty Says Court Ruling Against Marine is “Shameful,” Announces They Will Appeal to Supreme Court

August 10, 2016 • Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) issued an opinion in the case of United States v. Sterling, denying a United States Marine her constitutional right to religious freedom. “This is absolutely outrageous,” Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of First Liberty Institute, says. “A few judges […]

Oscar Rodriguez represented by First Liberty Institute

Pentagon Launches Investigation into Veteran’s Removal from Military Base Over Speech Referencing God

Secretary of the Air Force calls for an investigation by the Air Force Inspector General
June 23, 2016 • Press Releases

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two days after First Liberty sent a demand letter to the Air Force on behalf of their client Oscar Rodriguez, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James ordered the Air Force Inspector General to review the Air Force’s actions against Mr. Rodriguez. During a retirement ceremony […]

Image of Oscar in uniform

Attorneys Demand Justice for Air Force Veteran Kicked Off Military Base Over Speech Including the Word “God”

After Airmen assaulted Oscar Rodriguez at a private military retirement ceremony for giving a patriotic flag-folding speech that included the word “God,” attorneys send letter to military commander demanding justice
June 20, 2016 • Press Releases

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Today, First Liberty Institute sent a demand letter to military leaders, asking them to apologize for assaulting Oscar Rodriguez, a decorated Air Force veteran with over thirty years of military service, and kicking him off Travis Air Force Base for giving a speech that included the word […]

How does religious freedom apply to servicemembers?

FOX News Special Report with Bret Baier
April 27, 2016 • In the News

Highest military court hears case of former Marine who refused to take down a Bible verse posted in her workplace; Shannon Bream provides insight on ‘Special Report.’

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