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Oct 18, 2017, 12:04 ET Federal Court Decision Orders Removal of 90-Year-Old Veterans Memorial

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit today declared unconstitutional the historic cross-shaped Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial, ...


Oct 12, 2017, 15:15 ET First Liberty Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Review Decision on Legislative Prayers

First Liberty Institute on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Rowan County, North Carolina to review the decision of the U.S. Court...


Oct 06, 2017, 13:11 ET First Liberty Institute Praises New Exemptions to Contraceptive Mandate, DOJ Guidance on Religious Liberty

Today, the Trump administration announced two significant policy positions that will protect the religious liberty of all Americans—critical...


Sep 29, 2017, 10:24 ET Texas Court Rules in Favor of Cheerleaders in Bible Banner Case

Late Thursday, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth District of Texas decided in favor of the Kountze Cheerleaders in the case of Matthews v. Kountze...


Sep 28, 2017, 13:41 ET Animal Rights Activists Continue Oppression of Los Angeles Orthodox Jewish Community During the Jewish High Holy Days

On early Thursday morning, First Liberty Institute attorneys filed for an emergency protective order in APRL v. City of Los Angeles on behalf of...


Sep 21, 2017, 14:52 ET Football Coach Seeks En Banc Rehearing Following Extreme, Far-Reaching Opinion by Three-Judge Appeals Panel

Attorneys for First Liberty Institute today filed a petition on behalf of their client, football coach Joe Kennedy, requesting an en banc rehearing...


Sep 21, 2017, 09:55 ET Orthodox Jewish Community Safe Against Threat of Arrest for Practicing Their Faith for Now

On the eve of the Jewish High Holy Days, attorneys with First Liberty Institute obtained assurances from attorneys representing animal rights...


Sep 20, 2017, 12:41 ET First Liberty Asks President Trump to End FEMA Relief Discrimination Against Houses of Worship

Today, First Liberty Institute sent a letter to the White House asking the Trump Administration to end a discriminatory FEMA directive that makes...


Sep 06, 2017, 13:55 ET U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Rules in Favor of Invocations before Jackson County Board of Commissioners Meetings

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit sitting en banc affirmed the decision of a federal district court judge and ruled today that the ...


Aug 23, 2017, 17:31 ET Ninth Circuit Issues Decision Allowing School to Fire a Football Coach for Praying Silently for 15 Seconds After a Game

Today, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a school may ban Coach Kennedy from praying silently for 15 seconds following a football...


Aug 23, 2017, 16:35 ET First Liberty Institute Presents Senator Ted Cruz with Annual Religious Liberty Award

Today, First Liberty Institute presented its former volunteer attorney and now United States Senator, Ted Cruz with the 2017 Philip B. Onderdonk, Jr. ...


Jul 27, 2017, 14:16 ET U.S. Air Force Stalling, Withholding Information About Assault Of Veteran, First Liberty Lawsuit Alleges

Today, First Liberty Institute filed a lawsuit against Department of the Air Force alleging violations of the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) for...


Jul 27, 2017, 12:13 ET First Liberty Statement on the Nomination of Sam Brownback as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

The following statement may be attributed to Hiram Sasser, Deputy Chief Counsel of First Liberty Institute: As a national legal organization that...


Jul 24, 2017, 12:32 ET First Liberty Institute Attorneys Meet with Executive Agency on Draft HHS Contraceptive Mandate Rule

Today, attorneys with First Liberty Institute held an on-the-record meeting with officials from the executive agencies tasked with reviewing rules...


Jul 14, 2017, 13:47 ET Appellate Court Prohibits Legislative Meetings from Opening with Invocation by Government Officials

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit decided 10-5 to prohibit First Liberty Institute clients, Rowan County, NC,...


Jun 23, 2017, 23:32 ET California State Court Rejects Attack on Millennia-Old Orthodox Jewish Ceremony

On Friday, June 23, a California state court rejected an activist organization's challenge to an ancient religious ceremony practiced by a small...


Jun 22, 2017, 16:36 ET Court Expresses Concerns About First Amendment Violations Before Dismissing Appeal

On Tuesday, June 20, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued its opinion in Sause v. Bauer, in which...


Jun 14, 2017, 11:09 ET Future Of County's Practice Of Invocations Before Public Meetings Hangs In The Balance

Today, attorneys from First Liberty Institute defend the longstanding practice of opening government meetings with invocations before the full U.S....


Jun 13, 2017, 10:42 ET School District Tells High School Graduate Her Closing Remarks At Commencement Break The Law

This morning, attorneys with First Liberty Institute sent a letter to Beaver Areas School District (BASD) officials explaining that forcing a student ...


Jun 12, 2017, 07:47 ET Ninth Circuit To Hear Arguments Over Coach Kennedy's Post-Game, Silent Prayers

On Monday, June 12, at 9:00 a.m. (PST) attorneys with First Liberty Institute will present arguments to the United States Court of Appeals for the...


Jun 05, 2017, 17:22 ET First Liberty Statement on SCOTUS "Church Plan" Decision

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States, in the case of Advocate Health Care Network, et. al, v. Stapleton, unanimously protected religious...


Jun 05, 2017, 11:01 ET Supreme Court Declines to Review First Liberty Case of Marine Court-Martialed Over Bible Verse

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to review First Liberty Institute's appeal in the case of Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling, a...


Jun 02, 2017, 14:00 ET Three-Judge Panel Says No "Substantial Burden" to Ban Christian School from Michigan Township

A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit concluded Friday that a Michigan Township can forbid religious...


May 17, 2017, 15:56 ET Judge Seeks To Dismiss Lawsuit Attacking Multi-Faith Chaplain Invocations

Today, First Liberty Institute and the law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, on behalf of their client Judge Wayne Mack, are asking a Texas federal ...


May 16, 2017, 12:30 ET Augusta School Department Punishes Employee for Telling Coworker, "I will pray for you"

Toni Richardson, an educational technician employed by the Augusta School Department, filed charges of religious discrimination and retaliation today ...