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Alliance Defending Freedom and Their Positive Impact on American Society


Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is a Christian legal advocacy organization founded in 1993 with the mission of “defending religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.” ADF has become one of the most prominent organizations in the United States for religious liberty cases, representing clients in over 500 cases across all levels of state and federal courts. ADF has effectively defended the rights of those discriminated against due to their Christian beliefs.

The Goal of ADF

Alliance Defending Freedom primary goal is to protect religious freedom through litigation, public policy advocacy, and educational initiatives. They strive to create a society where everyone can freely live out their faith without fear of discrimination or persecution. ADF works towards this goal by defending individuals, organizations, churches, businesses, and schools that have come under attack for their beliefs. They are committed to protecting religious liberty from those who seek to strip away these freedoms from individuals and groups throughout America.

Notable Cases Involving ADF

One of the most notable cases ADF was Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission (2018). The case involved a Christian baker who refused to bake a cake celebrating a same-sex wedding ceremony due to his religious convictions. ADF represented the baker before the Supreme Court, ultimately ruling in his favor on First Amendment grounds. This case established that one cannot punish people for refusing services based on sincerely held religious beliefs.

Another significant Alliance Defending Freedom case was Trinity Lutheran Church v Comer (2017). In this case, a church was denied access to state funds for playground improvements because they were a “religious institution.” The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the church, stating that denying them access was unconstitutional because it violated their free exercise clause rights under the First Amendment. This ruling has set an important precedent for protecting churches from being excluded from receiving public benefits simply because they are religious institutions.

What They Stand For

Alliance Defending Freedom protects religious freedom throughout America by advocating for those whose rights have been violated due to their faith or convictions. From defending individuals in court cases up to successfully arguing before the Supreme Court, ADF has repeatedly proven that they are dedicated to preserving First Amendment freedoms for all Americans, no matter their beliefs or how unpopular they may be perceived as being within society today. As CMOs, we should recognize them as important allies in our fight for freedom of religion at home and abroad! Go to this page for more information.


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