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As we close out December, we begin to look ahead to the upcoming year. The challenges that lay ahead are daunting, and the stakes have never been higher.

In 2024, we’ll be facing off against multibillion dollar corporations, an out-of-control government, and anti-faith groups that will stop at nothing to silence your faith.

But we know to fear not. God has been preparing us for such a time as this.

This week on First Liberty Live! Kelly Shackelford, President, CEO and Chief Counsel, discusses the upcoming year. He’ll unpack all the opportunities and challenges it will provide and why we should have more hope for the future of religious freedom than ever before.

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2023 has been an incredible year for religious freedom. Together, we’ve completely changed the landscape in the fight for faith.

This year alone, we’ve won for houses of worship, synagogues, health care workers and all employees of faith.

Today, our Chief Legal Officer Jeff Mateer joins First Liberty Live! to recap this historic year by discussing the cases that have impacted religious freedom the most.

From our Supreme Court win that redefined religious accommodations in the workplace to our recent victory at the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals that impacted all New York houses of worship, Jeff will provide his unique insight into the meaning behind these wins.

Check out today’s episode to learn why 2023 was a pivotal year for religious freedom.

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It’s getting close to Christmas and that means that First Liberty is celebrating the best way we know how – by recapping our greatest holiday victories!

Kelly Shackelford, President, CEO and Chief Counsel, joins today’s show to discuss some of our biggest cases from years past that directly involve Christmas and the holidays. You’ll hear about a student banned from handing out candy canes, kids prevented from singing Christmas carols and more.

Plus, you’ll hear about how you can live out your faith this holiday season. Don’t miss this special episode.

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Today on First Liberty Live!, our dear friend Coach Joe Kennedy joins us to fill us in on how life after coaching is treating him. You’ll hear him share stories from his new book Average Joe.

From his time in the Marines through his journey to find the path that God created for him, Joe shares candidly about what he learned about faith along the way.

You won’t want to miss this timely update from the coach that took a stand for faith by taking a knee in prayer.


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December is here, and it’s the start of the Advent season.

Advent is a time of hope. It’s a time to look back to see God’s provision and a time to look ahead to what He has promised.

Throughout this year, we’ve seen God’s hand at work. Because of your support and His favor, we’ve won for faith all year long–including a huge precedent-setting victory at the Supreme Court. And as we look forward to 2024, we’re well positioned on the frontlines in the fight for faith. We have incredible clients standing for faith, a new office in Washington D.C. and the most talented group of attorneys we’ve ever had.

Learn more about how we’re finishing 2023 strong and gearing up for an even stronger 2024 with this update from our President and CEO Kelly Shackelford.

November is here, and it’s time to double down on discrimination.

We’re defending Major Jace Yarbrough who is committed to living his faith boldly both as a private citizen and as a reservist in the Space Force.

When Jace spoke at a private retirement ceremony for a fellow service member, his speech was well received among the small gathering of like-minded friends and family. But a Navy member in the quartet performing at the ceremony complained.

Jace’s speech, which warned against growing cancel culture in the military, got him a “Letter of Admonishment” that will tarnish his record and adversely impact his career.

Learn more about how we’re defending Jace Yarbrough and the exciting events ahead in November with this update from our President and CEO Kelly Shackelford.

First Liberty has several new critical cases that have big implications this October.

Anti-faith activists have started attacking Auburn Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze after he attended an after-hours worship event on Auburn’s campus. They’re particularly up-in-arms because when asked by one of his players to baptize him, he did.

We’re also fighting for Arizona school board member Heather Rooks.

Heather has routinely quoted encouraging Bible verses at board meetings since being elected to the school board. But after a complaint by an anti-faith group, she has been “advised” to stop quoting Scripture by her school district.

Learn more about these cases and the other exciting events in October with this update from our President and CEO Kelly Shackelford.

September is kicking off with Coach Kennedy’s triumphant return to the football field. Even more incredible, thousands of Americans all over the country took the First Freedom Challenge and joined him by praying after games in their communities.

But that’s not all that’s happening at First Liberty this month. Our legal experts are continuing to fight against “woke” corporations to defend our first freedom, including in our SweetCakes by Melissa case and Alaska Airlines case.

Learn more about our cases and other exciting events with this update from our Vice President of External Affairs, Mike Berry.

This week, we are live from Bremerton, Washington with former First Liberty client Coach Joe Kennedy as he gears up for his first game back on the football field.

In the lead up to tonight’s game, Joe will talk about what it’s like to coach again, what he’s anticipating in this game and why he’s so excited to be able to freely express his faith by taking a knee in prayer at the 50-yard line after the game.

Don’t miss this pre-game interview with Coach Kennedy!

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In this week’s episode, we’re talking to the President of the Heritage Foundation, Kevin Roberts. His role as a leader and insider in D.C. gives him a unique perspective on how to make better public policy and how we can restore religious freedom in our nation.

He’ll unpack the challenges of working in D.C. and why it is so critical for the mission of the Heritage Foundation to continue. You won’t want to miss this episode of Leading the Way!

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In today’s episode, we’re talking with the former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie. Because of his role, he has special insight into the current status of our military and the problems it currently faces.

He’ll break down why religious freedom is slowly on the decline in our military and how we can work to create better policies that preserve the heritage and traditions of faith for all service members.

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A year ago, Americans were given more freedom than they’ve had in their lifetimes thanks to victory in our Coach Kennedy case.

And this month we’ve got an exciting new opportunity for people of faith across the nation. We’re calling it the First Freedom Challenge and it’s designed to encourage people to use their newfound freedom.

On September 1st, Coach Kennedy will be taking a knee at his first game back as a coach in Bremerton WA. We want to make this a national night of prayer where people across the country bend a knee to offer a prayer of thanks.

How can you get involved? Go to to learn more and commit to praying with Coach Kennedy on September 1st.

To learn more about the First Freedom Challenge, watch this short message from Executive General Counsel Hiram Sasser and special guest Joe Kennedy.

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