BLOGFreedom Matters: Because of Trump, Conscience Is Cool Again

By Bob Trent Posted on: | January 16, 2017

Inauguration day is fast approaching, and, as usual, this week will be full of events, including the famous Inaugural Balls.

Almost every hotel room in Washington D.C. will be booked, which is leading some to turn to short-term rental website AirBnB to find a place to stay. Unfortunately, they may be out of luck there too. Not because there are no rooms for rent, but because they are supporters of President-Elect Trump. And short term landlords aren’t the only people who have suddenly decided it’s okay to make business decisions based upon one’s conscience.

ADF senior counsel Jordan Lorence notes this new phenomenon in an opinion piece on The Federalist titled “Because of Trump, The Left Suddenly Cares About Conscience Rights Again.”


Interesting allies have formed in the effort to keep common sense student privacy policies in schools. The Family Policy Alliance came together with the Women’s Liberation Front, a liberal feminist organization, to file a joint friend-of-the-court brief in Gloucester County School Board v. GG.

The ACLU is challenging a policy that reserves restrooms for members of the same biological sex, while providing an alternate private facility for students uncomfortable using a facility that corresponds with their sex, in a case that is now before the US Supreme Court.

Alliance Defending Freedom also filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case in support of the school policy.


And in news closer to home, for the first time in its history, ADF has a new leader. Michael Farris was named President, CEO, and General Counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom last week after a long tenure at Patrick Henry College and the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), both of which he founded.

Not surprisingly, very early in his career Jordan Lorence worked for Mr. Farris at HSLDA. Jordan gives some insight into the man who now leads the nation’s largest religious liberty advocacy organization. 


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Bob Trent

Media Relations Director

Prior to joining ADF as Media Relations Director, Bob was an anchor and reporter for ABC affiliate radio station KTAR in Phoenix, AZ.

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