First Liberty Statement on SCOTUS Decision in Trinity Lutheran v. Comer

June 26, 2017 •

Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Trinity Lutheran Church in the case of Trinity Lutheran v. Comer, creating an important religious liberty precedent for faith-based organizations. “Americans have long refused to permit its government to discriminate against people of faith,” says Matthew Kacsmaryk, Deputy General Counsel […]

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First Liberty Statement on SCOTUS Review of Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

June 26, 2017 •

Today, the United States Supreme Court announced it has agreed to hear Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. Michael Berry, Deputy General Counsel at First Liberty Institute, said, “Our constitution guarantees the rights of free exercise of religion and free speech for every American. By granting review of Masterpiece […]

First Liberty Statement on SCOTUS “Church Plan” Decision

SCOTUS affirms religious exemption to ERISA for both houses of worship and ministries
June 5, 2017 • Press Releases

June 5, 2017—Today, the Supreme Court of the United States, in the case of Advocate Health Care Network, et. al, v. Stapleton, unanimously protected religious organizations by relieving them of the government-imposed burdens of the Employment Retirement Income Securities Act (ERISA) of 1974, in keeping with the principle that the […]

A Court-Martial for a Bible Verse

The Wall Street Journal
May 1, 2017 • In the News

Should Americans be prohibited from practicing their faith while serving in the military? The Supreme Court ought to take up Sterling v. U.S., which presents exactly that question.

Members of Congress, Retired Military Generals and Others Ask Supreme Court to Take Sterling Case

February 14, 2017 • Press Releases

Washington – In an unusual occurrence in Supreme Court practice, seven parties have filed amicus briefs with the Supreme Court at the cert stage, asking the Court to take the case of Sterling v. United States. “It’s rare for a Supreme Court case to receive a single amicus brief at […]

National Religious Freedom Expert: Judge Gorsuch Has Solid Record on Religious Freedom

January 31, 2017 • Press Releases

Dallas, Texas – Today, President Donald Trump announced his nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of First Liberty Institute, praises Judge Gorsuch’s consistent record on religious liberty. “As a candidate, President Trump promised to appoint pro-religious freedom judges to the Supreme […]

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