When foreign governments threaten the freedoms and liberties of their citizens, it’s easy to assume that won’t happen in America. We are the “land of liberty” after all.
But in reality, the outcome of foreign legal issues can have far-reaching consequences.
The good news is that ADF International, the global partner of Alliance Defending Freedom, is hard at work at the major world courts and international institutions to protect religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family across the globe.
Sometimes, this means advocating for a Swedish midwife who was told she must choose between performing abortions – which violates her religious beliefs – or her career. Sometimes, it means standing up for a Bulgarian woman who was arrested for holding private religious meetings in her home. And sometimes, it means defending a Canadian pastor who was brought before a human rights tribunal, ordered to pay damages, and told to publicly apologize for writing a letter to the editor criticizing school textbooks that promote same-sex marriage.
As each of these instances illustrates, there is a trend of increasing hostility toward Christians across the globe.
But why should this matter to those of us in the U.S.?
While legal matters like the ones above may seem removed from the U.S., what happens abroad does not stay abroad. Foreign law can and does influence American law. Judges – and even some of our Supreme Court justices – often look to rulings made in foreign courts to help guide their decisions.
The ADF International team advocates for religious freedom at the most prominent international legal bodies in the world: the European Court of Human Rights, the Organization of American States, the United Nations General Assembly, and the United Nations Human Rights Council, among others. ADF International works to ensure that policies and rulings coming from these bodies respect religious freedom, life, and marriage and the family.
If we continue to win at the global level (and we do win, with 274 international legal victories, including 16 at the highly influential European Court of Human Rights), we will not only impact religious freedom worldwide, we can protect it right here in the U.S. as well.
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