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UNDENIABLE 2017 Edition

The Religious Liberty Manual


An annual, cumulative compilation of recent documented instances of hostility toward free religious exercise. It is often cited by lawmakers, educators, opinion leaders, and the media.

Read 1,400 real-life stories like these:


“I never imagined that in America someone would try to shut down a small synagogue.” 

– Rabbi Yaakov Rich,

Congregation Toras Chaim, p.375


“In the meeting, they basically told me I must
violate my faith 
or lose my job.”

– Alexia Palma,

Fired for her faith, p.77

What Did the 2017 Edition Find?

1,4001 documented attacks on religious liberty, a 15% increase over the past year and a 133% increase in the past 5 years.

1 Cumulative cases; includes prior years since survey began

What Are Areas Where Hostility is Rising?

Who Conducts the Research?

First Liberty Institute, a non-profit law firm, and the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated exclusively to defending religious liberty for all Americans.


The executive editor is Kelly Shackelford,
President, CEO & Chief Counsel for First Liberty,
who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court
and received the William Bentley Ball Award
for his for his pioneering work protecting religious freedom.


The editor-in-chief is Justin Butterfield,
Senior Counsel & Director of Research and Education
at First Liberty and a graduate of Harvard Law School.

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