At ADF, we are privileged to represent courageous people whose stands for freedom will ultimately impact all Americans. But, many times, when these clients take a stand, they’re not thinking about how it will impact me and you. They’re not even thinking about how it will impact them personally.
They’re thinking of their children.
They want to protect their children’s rights…and to model what it means to take a stand for what you believe in.
That’s certainly true of these three dads, who chose to take a stand with and for their children.
When Luke Wong was told he couldn’t start a chapter of Young Americans for Freedom at his high school, he and his family weighed the risks of taking a stand. Would Luke face retaliation? Would it impact his younger siblings? Would he miss out on school awards or a chance to speak at graduation? Maybe. But some things are worth the risk. With his dad Tai’s support, Luke contacted ADF, which sent a letter to his school—reminding school officials that they must protect the constitutional rights of their students, including Luke. And ultimately, their stand for freedom paid off. Luke is now the proud founder of a YAF chapter at Harrison High School in New York.
When third grader Lydia Booth wore her favorite “Jesus Loves Me” mask to school, the school made her remove and replace it with a different one. When Lydia’s parents started asking questions, school officials cited a school policy that prohibited masks with political or religious messages and made clear that Lydia was subject to discipline if she wore the mask to school again. But Lydia’s parents, Matthew and Jennifer, knew that the school had no right to silence their daughter because of her religious beliefs. Even more importantly, they wanted to show Lydia that her faith is the most important thing to stand up for. So, they reached out to ADF, and we filed a lawsuit against the school district on Lydia’s behalf.
In March 2020, David Benham found himself in a jail cell…along with his dad and his oldest son. Their crime? They had been peacefully praying and sidewalk counseling outside of an abortion facility at the start of COVID-19 lockdowns. And even though they had complied with all the emergency orders and proclamations —and were allowed to continue operating as an essential nonprofit ministry—police officers still arrested them. ADF is representing David, president of Cities4Life, in a lawsuit against the city. Because, as David says, Christians “are called to be champions for the kingdom of the Lord and also for the weakest among us…the unborn.” And he wants to make sure he is living that out for his children to see.
Thank you, fathers, for everything you do.
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