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First Liberty Briefing

First Liberty Briefing is an exclusive podcast hosted by First Liberty Institute’s Deputy General Counsel Jeremy Dys. In about 90-seconds, once 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 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 FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

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 FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

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 FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

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 FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

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 FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

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 FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

Feb 27, 2017

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

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 FirstLiberty.org.

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 FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

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 FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

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 FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

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 FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

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 FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

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 FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

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 FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

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 FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

Feb 3, 2017

The wait for the Supreme Court nomination is now over. His qualifications for the office are unquestionable. But what does his record reflect on the issue of religious liberty? Learn more about Judge Gorsuch at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.

Feb 1, 2017
The Islamic Society of Basking Ridge New Jersey has fought city hall for the last four years. The city rejected 9 applications, held 39 public hearings and buried the Islamic Society in endless paperwork to deny them access to build the mosque. Learn more about how the Department of Justice helped defend religious freedom at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.
Jan 30, 2017
Protecting the rights of minority American religions like Sikhism, Native American religions and Islam help protect mainstream or majority religions. Learn more about the cases that help further all religions at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.
Jan 27, 2017
Ricky Knight and Billy Two Feathers filed a lawsuit on behalf of several of their fellow inmates in the Alabama Department of Corrections. The lawsuit challenged the department’s “short-hair policy”. Learn how the court decided on the case at FirstLiberty.org.
Jan 25, 2017
Many of the stories you hear on the First Liberty Briefing come from the cases we are working on at First Liberty Institute. Others are drawn from the body of cases that we use to ply our religious liberty trade. But, many of the stories that we tell are drawn from Undeniable, our annual survey on religious hostility in America. Learn more about our annual survey at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.
Jan 23, 2017
A veterans memorial known as the “Big Mountain Jesus” honors World War II soldiers from the Army’s 10th Mountain Division and stands tall atop Big Mountain in the Flathead National Forest. But one group wanted to get rid of the memorial because of its religious nature. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing
Jan 20, 2017
Today, Donald Trump will recite the oath of office, likely ending with the traditional declaration, “So help me God.” Some question whether George Washington actually said “So help me God,” starting a tradition maintained by most of our presidents. But, we do know Washington’s other words. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.
Jan 18, 2017
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act requires a state to provide a compelling justification before it may substantially burden the free exercise of religion. But, just what is a substantial burden? Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.
Jan 16, 2017
City elders in City of Port Jervis, New York passed an ordinance that banned houses of worship to use land within a designated business district. Learn more about how the Department of Justice intervened at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.
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