Challenges to Faith Increase in Courts

Challenges to Faith Increase in Courts
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The First Liberty Institute, a legal group that handles nothing but religious liberty, has taken on a heavier workload in recent years.

The 50 cases a year it once handled has increased to 450, said Kelly Shackelford, the nonprofit institute’s president, and the type of work also has changed.

Initial cases generally tested the “separation of church and state” doctrine — school prayer, for example, or public monuments with religious symbolism.

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