Undeniable 2017 Edition | First Liberty

UNDENIABLE 2017 Edition


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
(read his story on page 357)

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

– Alexia Palma, fired for her faith
(read her story on page 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.

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.


How Can I Learn More?

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1 Cumulative cases; includes prior years since survey began

Dear Coach Kennedy,

I would like to say thank you. Your dedication to your faith and your commitment to the positive education of our youth is truly admirable. I am deeply grateful for your military service and for taking a courageous stance in protecting religious liberty rights for teachers and administrators.

If our First Amendment protects a player’s right to kneel in protest, it certainly protects your right to kneel in prayer.

I was shocked to learn that Bremerton High School suspended you after denying your request to continue your wholesome practice of giving thanks after football games.

The Bremerton School District’s actions violate the law and send the wrong message to coaches, young people, our communities, and our nation — a message of hostility to religious freedom and intolerance toward personal religious expression.

Please know that you are not alone in this difficult time — I support you and First Liberty as you continue to fight for religious freedom! Our schools need more coaches like you, our country needs more citizens like you, and our world needs more people like you.