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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Now displaying: November, 2016
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