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The Founding Fathers recognized that all people have inalienable rights that flow from the Creator. These rights are grounded in the unique, Judeo-Christian concept of man’s inherent dignity as a creature made in God’s image, endowed with reason, free will, and an eternal soul. The Founders understood that one of Government’s primary tasks is to preserve the freedom for each person to follow his own conscience, so they enshrined certain fundamental rights in our nation’s constitution to guarantee this freedom.

As secular forces chip away at our nation’s Judeo-Christian roots, religious freedom is increasingly threatened. Yet the First Amendment continues to reflect the Founders’ belief that “[t]he Religion...of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise [religion] as [conviction and conscience] dictate.”

Alliance Defending Freedom defends religious freedom and opposes all attempts to compel people to compromise their beliefs or retreat from civil and political life as the price for following their faith.

Issue

Defending Your Right to Freely Live out Your Faith in Six Key Areas

Conscience

You’re free to believe, but are you free to act?

Public Square

You don’t need to keep your faith from public view.

Church

When the church is silent, the culture suffers.

K thru 12

Students face increasing pressure to hide their faith in school.

University

You have the right to express your faith on campus.

Military

Service members deserve the same freedoms they defend.

Action

What We're Doing About It

Alliance Defending Freedom and our allies are defending religious freedom in crucial cases throughout America.

Religious Freedom

Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski

ADF attorneys represent censored Christian student in lawsuit

Religious Freedom

March for Life Education and Defense Fund v. California

US Supreme Court wipes out 9th Circuit decision against HHS conscience protections

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Religious Freedom

A Look at The Unjust Treatment of Churches During COVID-19 Shutdowns

The government has a duty to uphold the First Amendment, and it should not be singling out churches with extra regulations.

Religious Freedom

Supreme Court Upholds Rights of Religious Schools to Choose Who Teaches

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court affirmed that religious schools can decide who teaches their faith. This is an important victory for all religious schools!

Religious Freedom

Supreme Court Vacates Ruling that Would Have Forced Orgs Like March for Life to Pay for Abortions

The March for Life Education and Defense Fund has kept busy in the courts the past several years, standing up for its right to operate according to its convictions.