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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Mar 31, 2017

Employees at the Minnesota Department of Corrections were required to attend nondiscrimination training. While some employees nodded off, completed paperwork or read, others read their Bible in silent protest. The three employees that read their Bibles were reprimanded. Learn what the Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit said about the case at

Mar 29, 2017

In 1975, residents of Harrisonburg, Virginia sued their school board. The lawsuit questioned the school’s practice of releasing students from school to receive religious instruction. Learn what the outcome of the lawsuit was at

Mar 27, 2017

Dr. Walsh, a lay minister and public health expert applied for the District Health Director position for the State of Georgia. After he was hired, something strange happened. Learn how First Liberty won the lawsuit against the state and defended Dr. Walsh’s religious liberty rights at

Mar 24, 2017

Commissioner James O’Neill recently revealed that officers may now grow a ½ inch beard and a turban in place of their cap. Learn why this new policy makes sense for religious liberty at

Mar 22, 2017

Saint Vincent Health Center in Erie, Pennsylvania had a policy for all employees to receive mandatory flu shots unless an employee can provide a medical or religious reason. But, some employees didn’t get an exception, even though they requested one for religious reasons. Learn what happened to the health center and the employees at

Mar 20, 2017

Dennis Blackhawk, a Lakota Indian bought a few black bear cubs for religious purposes. The State of Pennsylvania insisted that Blackhawk obtain a permit for his cubs and pay the state the associated fee. Learn how the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit decided the case at

Mar 17, 2017

Mia Komarevic reported staff members for borrowing some of the designer items. The chastised managers retaliated against her by intentionally scheduling her to work on her Sabbath. Learn what the law says about this type of case at

Mar 15, 2017

Randall Krause filed a lawsuit against the Tulsa County Library Commission. Evidently, the Commission maintains a recycling program and, according to Krause, it constitutes an undue burden on the Free Exercise of his environmentalism. Learn what criteria the court uses to decide what constitutes a religion at

Mar 13, 2017

The Morris County freeholders board in New Jersey has been funding the restoration of churches through a trust fund. Learn how local organizations, including churches are supported through a neutral review committee at

Mar 10, 2017

Antioch Community Church near Kansas City decided to update its church sign by replacing it with a digital one. Soon after, the city served the church a citation for not granting the church permission to make the update. Learn how the court ruled in the case at

Mar 8, 2017

A 56-year-old pagan priest was allowed to wear his Moonsong horns as part as his religious liberty. Learn how others are allowed the same right at

Mar 6, 2017

A couple was pulled over by Long-Beach police and soon after, they were arrested. When it came time for booking photos, Kirsty Powell was physically forced to remove her hijab, thus violating her religious beliefs. Learn why it’s important to protect religious freedom at

Mar 3, 2017

Dr. Singh was discriminated against during an interview process with Premier Medical Group based on his appearance and religious beliefs. Learn more about the lawsuit at

Mar 1, 2017

Learn how an antiquated Nebraska law may grant Sister Madeline Miller permission to teach in her religious garb in a public school. Listen at