Incorporated in 2005, Founders First Freedom is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to preserve the principles of religious liberty set forth in the First Amendment: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Those sixteen words – often called our “First Freedoms” or the “Religion Clauses” – have been part of our Constitution since the Bill of Rights was added in 1791.
The first clause, which prohibits laws “respecting an establishment of religion,” is called the Establishment Clause. It prevents government control of religion and, just as importantly, religious control of government. The second clause, the Free Exercise Clause, protects people and religious institutions from government prohibitions of religious practice. Founders’ First Freedom believes that both clauses are of great importance, and that each complements, supports and helps define the other.
Founders’ First Freedom believes that the truth and importance of the principles found in these clauses can be discovered by a careful study of history, society and human nature. Founders’ First Freedom also believes that these principles are consistent with, and indeed flow from, the teachings of the Bible.
In an era when religious liberty is under serious assault, Founders’ First Freedom is committed to re-affirming both the historical and Biblical foundations of the noble ideal of religious freedom.
What We Do
Here is what Founders’ First Freedom is doing to preserve liberty of conscience.
- We provide materials and resources for concerned citizens, including attorneys and other professionals, to advocate for religious liberty in the communities and states where they live.
- We maintain Internet websites with material resources and news updates regarding religious freedom issues. They include FoundersFirstFreedom.org and ReligiousLiberty.TV.
- We monitor proposed federal and state legislation and alert people regarding religious liberty concerns.
- We send lawyers to court and file friend-of-the-court briefs on key issues regarding religious freedom.
Board of Directors
Michael Peabody, Esq. – President
Walter E. Carson, Esq. – Vice President
Alice Farley – Secretary / Treasurer
Kent Hansen, Esq.