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By Bob Trent Posted on: | March 13, 2017

Last week on Freedom Matters, we brought you a panel discussion on the human cost of the attack on religious liberty in America. Carl Larsen of Telescope Media Group was one of the Alliance Defending Freedom clients who took part in the panel. He is one of a growing number of ADF clients who are challenging unjust laws that limit First Amendment freedoms.

In Wisconsin now, Amy Lawson, a blogger and owner of Amy Lynn Photography, has taken a similar stand against a Madison city ordinance and a state law that force creative professionals to promote messages that violate their beliefs – not just religious beliefs, but political beliefs as well.

Jon Scruggs, attorney for Amy Lawson and senior counsel for ADF, joins the show to talk about her case.


It seems like much longer, but it has only been a week since the U.S. Supreme Court sent Gloucester County School Board v GG back to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The case began when the ACLU sued the school board over its policy that protects students’ privacy and safety by reserving locker rooms and shower areas for members of the same biological sex.  The ACLU was relying on a Department of Education guidance letter that, as Senator James Lankford (R-OK) said on this show, illegally rewrote Title IX protections to include gender identity.  

Since then, that guidance has been rescinded which led the court to remand the case back to the Fourth Circuit for further consideration.


We are now only six weeks away from oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, MO v Pauley. While it is one of the most important free exercise cases before the court in years, Trinity Lutheran is also about kids, playgrounds, and whether the government can treat religious organizations worse than everyone else.

ADF Senior Counsel Jordan Lorence also gives some insight into how attorneys prepare to argue before the highest court in the land. 


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Bob Trent

Vice President of Public Relations

Bob Trent serves as vice president of public relations with Alliance Defending Freedom. In this role, Trent oversees all media and public relations efforts for the organization.

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