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 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
Oct 31, 2016
This practicing Sikh was excited to answer his summons for jury duty — but authorities wouldn’t let him into the courthouse. Find out why at
Oct 28, 2016
This manager didn’t mind giving Nowran Busgith a Saturdays off — UNTIL he learned it was for religious purposes. Find out what happened at
Oct 26, 2016
Is it a violation of religious freedom to force someone to remove a scarf they wear for religious purposes? Find out in this episode and learn more at
Oct 24, 2016
A Satanist was imprisoned and fined after defacing a Jewish academy’s religious objects. But he didn’t understand one important truth about religious freedom.
Oct 21, 2016
Senior Brooks Hamby was told that if he talked about religion during his graduation speech, his mic would be shut off. He did it anyway. Find out what happened:
Oct 19, 2016
School officials censored a club sponsor’s company logo because its slogan incorporated included the words, “It’s not about us, it’s all about Jesus”. Learn more on:
Oct 17, 2016
Even in outer space, Americans have religious liberty. Listen:
Oct 14, 2016
One airman complained because Air Force Major Steve Lewis had an open Bible on his private desk. Listen to how the Air Force responded:
Oct 12, 2016
This Georgia county tried to prevent the building of a Mosque by banning any new houses of worship. Here’s why that violated the First Amendment:
Oct 10, 2016
The Bladensburg WWI Veterans Memorial was erected to honor 49 veterans who gave their lives for their nation—but one group is suing to tear it down. Find out why:
Oct 7, 2016
One activist group complained that a new holocaust memorial in Ohio violated the Establishment Clause because it featured a Star of David. Find out what happened:
Oct 5, 2016
Do employers have to accommodate their employees’ religious exercise? The answer at
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