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Do Something Now – Liberty Institute and Religious Freedom

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 Remington Renner dared to “thank God” during his high school valedictorian speech, and risked losing an appointment to the U. S. Naval Academy.

Under persecution, Roy Costner recited the Lord’s Prayer during his commencement address, going against the school’s unconstitutional rule banning graduation prayers.

A judge threatened Angela Hildebrand with jail if she mentioned God or Jesus during her valedictiorian address.

Senior Master Sergeant Philip Monk, a 19-year veteran of the Air Force, was fired for his faith and moral convictions. As a Christian, he could not validate his commander’s position on homosexual marriage. Even though he’s afraid to speak up about this incident, he’s doing it to set an example for his boys.

“Every night after dinner we read the Bible together,” he said. “I tell the boys we’ve got a lot of stuff going on in this world and we need people to stand up. My boys know what I’m going through. They are looking at me – wanting to know how I’m going to handle this.” Philip Monk

How has the increasing persecution of Christians affected you? How about the attacks on our religious freedom in America? Have you ever watched the things taking place in our culture and wished someone would do something?

If so, let me inspire you today with the work of Liberty Institute.

Liberty Institute is a non-profit law firm dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America – in schools, for churches, and throughout the public arena. They are the largest legal firm focused solely on protecting and restoring these freedoms. They have the highest win rate of any other legal organization in America today winning cases before the U. S. Supreme Court, the Federal Court of Appeals, Federal District Courts, and various state courts. In addition to their team of full-time constitutional attorneys, they also work with many top litigators in local communities who volunteer their time.

Their services are offered at no charge.

For years, the ACLU has tramped across our nation bringing lawsuits against organizations and people of faith. Many of those people did not have the funds to defend themselves in a court of law (or could not justify spending the money to do so) . . . so they acquiesced. Now the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Obama administration officials, and other secular extremists are joining the attack.

About a year and a half ago, Kelly Shackleford, President and CEO of Liberty Institute, came to speak at a school I was attending. He appears regularly on national TV news and talk show programs. He is slated to appear on Fox News today. 

The stories of religious persecution he shared with us were stunning. These stories rarely get into the public media, so many of us are unaware of what’s really going on.

Our religious freedoms are under attack. When Kelly finished speaking to our class, I wanted to clap and cheer for the work Liberty Institute is doing. Seriously.

If you’ve ever looked around our society at the things taking place and wished somebody would do something, here’s the good news. Liberty Institute is that “somebody.” They’ve taken a stand on your behalf.

You are the “somebody” too. You have a voice and the ability to take action.

This is your opportunity. Here are some things you can do:

  • Click on this link to learn more about Liberty Institute, read about current-day heroes they represent, and volunteer with them.
  • Educate yourself. Click here for a free downloadable Know Your Religious Rights kit. Share it with your friends and family.
  • Make a donation. Liberty Institute is launching a “Free to Believe Campaign.” They’ll be sending a new series of publications to tens of thousands of educators, parents, and students to refute propaganda and clarify a students’ First Amendment rights.
  • Get the word out. Spread the news about the work of Liberty Institute. Someone you know may be needing their help.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

*Information in this post was taken from personal class notes, as well as the Liberty Institute website and publications.

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Thanks so much for stopping in today. I hope you’ve been encouraged by those who are working to make this world a better place. Remember – you can be a part of that.



  1. Nancy Benson says:

    I’ve worked with the Liberty Institute and Kelly Shackleford’s staff. They are amazing and helpful and help you to see that what you’re fighting for is worth it!

    • LMB says:

      You are very fortunate! I would love to be able to work with people of that caliber who are doing such great things! Kudos to you for being a “somebody” who’s doing something. Thanks for keeping up with my blog. I appreciate it! 🙂

  2. Connie says:

    I never imagined that the Air Force my husband loves and has served honorably for the past 19 years would make an issue of his beliefs. I, too, am thankful for the work Liberty Institute does. Little did I know that my husband, Phillip Monk, would ever need their services. They have been overwhelmingly helpful and supportive of his plight.

    • LMB says:

      Connie – Thank you for your comment. So glad you stopped here. I’m honored. I loved reading about your husband’s courage and the example he is setting for your boys. I will keep you in my prayers as you walk through this situation as a family. So grateful to know that Liberty Institute is helping you. Thankful also for the way your husband is living out his faith in our current culture.

      • Connie says:

        Thank you for your prayers. Our family is appreciative of the love and support we have been receiving from around the US and from those serving our military all over the world.

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