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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Apr 3, 2017

A Baptist Minister in Massachusetts hauled a 1,235 pound cheese wheel the same day Jefferson wrote an infamous letter that was meant to assure the Danbury Baptists. Learn what the letter said and how a pastor and president impacted religious liberty at

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

Feb 27, 2017

Many employers provide religious accommodation for their employees but are they required to? Learn about Linda Tisby's case at

Feb 24, 2017

The Supreme Court declared that the Bible was “worthy of study” and could be “presented objectively as part of a secular program of education” in the public schools. Learn how the Bible must be taught at

Feb 22, 2017

In 1963, the Supreme Court of the United States ended the public reading of the Bible in public schools. So, can the Bible be taught in public schools? Learn the answer by listening at

Feb 20, 2017

A court found that a Catholic Diocese in Indiana had the right to make staffing decisions according to their religious mission. Learn more about the case at

Feb 17, 2017

Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations proclaims the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion among many other rights. Learn more about proclamation at

Feb 15, 2017

Father Joseph Lafleur served the Army Air Corps as a chaplain during World War II and helped bring wounded soldiers to safety. For his bravery and service, the Army Air Corp awarded Lafleur the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Distinguished Service Cross. Learn how Chaplain Lafleur helped other soldiers even under attack at

Feb 13, 2017

Steed Lobotzke, a Football coach for the United States Air Force Academy and alumni used his personal Twitter account to post Bible verses. This angered an activist group, labeling the tweets as “unchecked Christian extremism” and demanded that the Academy put an end to it. Learn how the Academy decided to respond at

Feb 10, 2017

Recently, the Secretary of the Army announced new religious accommodation guidelines: brigade-level commanders may now grant religious accommodations to servicemen and women who wear beards, turbans, or hijabs for religious reasons. Learn how this will benefit America’s soldiers at

Feb 9, 2017

A lawsuit against an Indiana Sheriff that refused to supply its Muslim inmates with a Halal diet has been dismissed. After the ACLU filed suit in 2016, the Sheriff has agreed to provide the Halal diet to the inmates. Learn how RFRA help prevent a county official from substantially burdening the free exercise of religion at

Feb 9, 2017

The Liberty Christian Center in Watertown, New York, asked for permission to use the Watertown High School Cafeteria for its religious services. The local school board denied the application and use of school property. Learn what the Constitution says about the issue at

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