Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude for our many blessings. As Americans, we are so blessed to live in a country where our God-given freedoms are protected.
But no American should ever have to face what Jack Phillips and Heidi Matzke endured.
Jack, a cake artist in Colorado, and Heidi, the executive director of a pro-life pregnancy center in California had something in common. They were both forced by their state governments to express messages contrary to their deepest beliefs.
The First Amendment of the Constitution protects every individual’s God-given right to speak freely and to live according to their faith.
But the state of Colorado was punishing Jack for declining to design a custom wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage in violation of his religious beliefs. And the state of California was forcing pro-life pregnancy centers, like Heidi’s, to point the way to abortion—even though that went against the core mission of their organizations.
No one should have to face this kind of government coercion. But earlier this year, Jack and Heidi were still in the middle of their legal battles.
Then, in June, thanks to your support of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), something amazing happened.
ADF has won nine Supreme Court cases in the past seven years. A study by SCOTUSblog showed that ADF has the highest success rate of any First Amendment law firm at the Supreme Court from 2013-2017.
None of these victories would have been possible without your prayers and financial support. We are so grateful for you.
Thanks to your help, we are gaining ground on attacks against the First Amendment and ensuring that our country can continue to be a place where everyone can freely live out their faith without fear of government punishment.
But there is still so much work to be done:
- As you have heard, the state of Colorado is going after Jack a second time. The same state actors that violated Jack’s rights the first time decided to pursue another claim against him. This time, they are targeting Jack because he declined to design a custom pink and blue cake celebrating a “gender transition.”
- In Alaska, a women’s shelter that serves victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking is being threatened by its local government. All because it will not allow biological men to sleep next to these women who have suffered severe trauma.
- A professor in Ohio is being punished after he declined to refer to a male student who identifies as a woman with female pronouns. Even though the professor offered to use whatever name the student preferred, neither the student nor the university were satisfied.
This year, you helped win two major victories at the Supreme Court. Just imagine what you can do in these other cases.
We know that this #GivingTuesday, many organizations are asking for your help. We would be so grateful if you would consider a gift to help continue fighting for religious liberty in the United States.
We are thankful to God and to you for how far we have come. And we are inspired by how much more we can do together.
New York State refuses to respect or even tolerate sincere faith beliefs and has launched a new attack against New Hope.
Earlier this week, Senator Lindsay Graham introduced Senate Resolution 407, legislation that celebrates religious schools and their contributions to our country by designating the first week of October as “Religious Education Week.”