In Washington, D.C. U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales recently announced that the Department of Justice is launching an initiative to protect religious freedom called "The First Freedom Project." This new initiative focuses on increasing enforcement against religious discrimination and protecting religious freedom. Liberty Counsel, a national public interest litigation, education and policy organization, applauds the Attorney General for launching this initiative to help stop religious discrimination.
A key element of the First Freedom Project will include regional training seminars hosted by the Department of Justice (DOJ). These seminars will be for religious, community, and civil rights leaders, government officials, attorneys and others interested in religious freedom. No prior legal experience is necessary to attend these seminars.
The first three regional seminars are set for Kansas City, Missouri on March 29; Tampa, Florida on April 25; and Seattle, Washington on May 10. Each seminar will be held from 9:00 a.m. until noon. These seminars will cover religious discrimination in public schools and colleges, religious discrimination and public employees, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, public accommodation and equal access to public facilities. The First Freedom Project also has a new web site located at www.FirstFreedom.gov. For more information about the regional seminars, interested participants can call the DOJ at (202) 353-8622 or Liberty Counsel at (800) 671-1776.
I applaud Attorney General Alberto Gonzales for launching the First Freedom Project to protect religious freedom in this country. Liberty Counsel has been dedicated to protecting religious freedom since 1989. At Liberty University School of Law we are training a new generation of lawyers to protect religious freedom. Since religious freedom occupies first place in our Bill of Rights, it is obvious that the Founders realized its importance.