First Liberty Briefing

First Liberty Briefing is an exclusive podcast hosted by First Liberty Institute’s Senior Counsel Jeremy Dys. In about 90-seconds, three times a week, Jeremy recalls the stories that have shaped America’s religious liberty, from the founding era to current legal battles and more. It’s an insider’s look at the stories, cases, people, and laws that have made America the world’s leader in protecting religious liberty.
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Dec 30, 2016
Charles Mack, a federal inmate and practicing Muslim faced religious discrimination by corrections officers during his employment at the commissary. A Court of Appeals found that, “inmates do not relinquish their First Amendment right to petition”, allowing him to sue the officers under RFRA. Learn more at
Dec 28, 2016
In 1993, RFRA or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed by a bi-partisan vote in Congress. Learn why RFRA is important to both Liberals and Conservatives alike at
Dec 22, 2016
The First Church of Cannabis in Indiana claims the Religious Freedom Restoration Act should protect their practice of marijuana use although it’s considered an illegal substance in the state. Learn more at
Dec 22, 2016
For 39 years, Lubavitch Youth Organization has lit a 36-foot tall menorah at a corner of midtown Manhattan as a symbol of freedom, strength, inspiration, the Jewish faith and religious liberty. Learn more about how different faiths exercise their religious liberty at
Dec 21, 2016
Former NFL players, Steve Largent and Chad Hennings along with two Seattle high school coaches filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of Coach Kennedy’s right to take a knee after games. Learn more at
Dec 19, 2016
Livingston Christian School was denied access to use a local church building. Learn more about how First Liberty is defending the school at
Dec 16, 2016
A woman in Indiana attempted to use that state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act to justify her abusive behavior, but the state ruled against her defense. Learn more about how RFRA works at
Dec 14, 2016
Iknoor Sigh, a Sikh college student enlisted in ROTC, was denied admission to the Army unless he cut his hair, shaved his beard and removed his turban denying him of his individual religious expression. Learn how a Federal court decided his case at
Dec 12, 2016
Peter Manseau was hired as the first curator of religion in over 100 years for the Smithsonian Institution. The curator hopes to tell the story of religion in and its significance to America’s founding. To learn more about religion’s role in American history, listen at
Dec 9, 2016
The Supreme Court decided in Wisconsin v. Yoder that families can homeschool their children in accordance with their religious beliefs setting a precedent for an individual’s right to free exercise of religion. Learn more at
Dec 7, 2016
The city of Austin, Texas targeted a Christian Pregnancy Resource Center by forcing the ministry to post signs disclaiming the services they did not perform, while pro-abortion groups were not required to post any sign or disclaimer. Learn more about how we fought and won the case at
Dec 5, 2016
The city of Sinton, Texas passed an ordinance that prevented a halfway house, ministry conducted by a pastor and ex-con, to run within 1,000 feet of any church.
Dec 2, 2016
Ethicists are recommending that Canadian doctors should not be allowed to opt out of providing services to patients, even if it goes against their conscience.
Nov 30, 2016
First-grader Caleb Zavala enjoyed talking about Bible verses and Bible stories with his friends. But the school wanted none of it — and sent a sheriff’s deputy to his home to tell him to stop. Listen now at
Nov 28, 2016
A vice-principle argued that any religious speech-event student-initiated religious speech is state speech. But, the United States Court of Appeals had something to say about it. Learn more about student rights at
Nov 25, 2016
A New York town was at the center of an atheist’s demands to remove religious references from an annual Christmas event. Listen at
Nov 23, 2016
Lieutenant Junior Grade Aloysius H. Schmitt, a catholic priest better known as “Father Schmitt”, selflessly helps sailors escape during an attack. Learn more about this hero at
Nov 21, 2016
Gregory Holt was granted permission by the Supreme Court to grow his beard while in prison in accordance with his Islamic faith.
Nov 18, 2016
An animal-rights group targeted Orthodox Jews on the eve of Yom Kippur for conducting a traditional religious practice.
Nov 16, 2016
A Freshman at Georgia State University was requested by her professor to remove her niqab, a religious head covering worn by some Muslim women, but the university stepped in. Listen at
Nov 11, 2016
Navy Chaplain Father Joseph O’Callahan, helped save his fellow sailors during an attack from Japanese bombs. Learn how President Truman honored the brave Chaplain at
Nov 9, 2016
In 2003, the head of Summum church wrote to the mayor of Pleasant Grove proposing to give to the city a permanent monument to be erected in the city park, but declined. Learn what the Supreme Court said regarding the matter at
Nov 7, 2016
UPS refused to modify an employee’s schedule so he could attend an annual religious observance of his faith. Learn more about this story at
Nov 4, 2016
Private Desmond Doss, a devout Seventh Day Adventist, was drafted to serve in WWII but chose to follow his conscience by refusing to pick up a weapon to kill. Learn more about this Conscientious Objector case at
Nov 2, 2016
The United States honors religious liberty even in times of war. Listen to a story about one Jehovah’s Witness on
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