Last week, Alliance Defending Freedom stood before the Supreme Court on behalf of our ally the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) and its affiliated pregnancy centers in California. A California state law forces these pregnancy centers to advertise for the abortion industry.
But how does this apply to the Church?
Churches across the country have programs and ministries that reach out to the community and serve their community members. That is part of what we are called to do as Christians.
Churches do this is many different ways. Some churches run homeless shelters or food pantries. Some operate shelters for victims of domestic violence or adoption agencies.
And some run pregnancy centers.
In fact, we are representing a church that runs a pregnancy center in Hawaii, where a law similar to California’s forces pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise for abortion. If the Supreme Court upholds California’s law, that means the Hawaii pregnancy center and the church that runs it could also be forced to advertise for abortion – or shut down the pregnancy center altogether.
There are countless ways that the government can attack the church and attempt to silence or censor its message, or even force churches to promote a message that violates their beliefs.
This all begs an important question: If the government makes it harder for churches to run community outreach programs and ministries, what will we do? Will we retreat behind the doors of our church buildings?
These are questions the Church needs to address now. And ADF can help.
That’s why ADF created the Church Alliance, an affordable membership program that prepares, advises, and even litigates on behalf of churches as the legal culture tests the limits of religious freedom.
Members of the ADF Church Alliance receive:
- Legal review of church bylaws and policies that relate to protecting the church’s religious liberty;
- Direct access to attorneys to answer your questions about protecting the church’s religious liberty;
- Consultation for legal issues involving the church’s religious liberty (prior to litigation);
- Legal representation in cases involving the churches’ religious liberty (e.g., employment, land use, tax exemption, church member discipline/ removal, requests to use church facilities, government mandates or unconstitutional regulation, volunteer requirements, equal access to government property or benefits, and clergy confidentiality); and
- Specialized resources such as webinars and newsletters tailored to protecting the religious liberty of the Church.
Visit the Church Alliance website to learn more about how your church can become a member.