The legal fight over religious expression in the public square scored victories in 2017 because regular citizen exercised their First Amendment rights.
Looking back on the year, First Liberty has produced a list of 10 settlements or rulings that favored its clients. They include preserving the tradition of invocations before public meetings and restoring an educational technician's right to tell her colleague at work, "I'm praying for you."
The City of Sweetwater, Tennessee agreed to comply with the First Amendment and relevant case law to allow street preacher Paul Johnson to read the Bible aloud on a public sidewalk.
"We represent so many clients who have had sometimes their jobs, their livelihoods, everything taken away from them because of their religious beliefs," says First Liberty attorney Chelsey Youman. "So when we have religious liberty victories, it's so rewarding to be able to continue to preserve the right of the American people and say, You know, you can adhere to your religious beliefs and you can do so publicly."
First Liberty's own account of its 2017 legal battles can be read here.
Despite the legal wins, First Liberty says this year's important victories should not give "friends of freedom" an ounce of complacency. There is more work ahead, the attorneys say.
"Evidence and research demonstrate that violations of religious freedom have increased in an unprecedented manner in the last five years," Youman says. "Despite this year's impressive legal victories for religious freedom, the trend of hostility is likely to continue into the near future."