The American people are pretty unhappy with the direction that our nation is currently heading.
Don’t believe me? Rasmussen Reports has been keeping track of this very thing for quite some time. At the beginning of December 2016, their national poll indicated that a mere 31% of Americans thought the country was heading in the right direction.
What does that mean for us? Where do we go from here? Put simply—we have an opportunity to turn things around in the New Year.
Instead of falling further down the rabbit hole, we have a chance to start repairing and building upon the foundation of religious freedom on which America was established and that Alliance Defending Freedom works to preserve. But we can only continue to engage the culture and legal system because of people like you.
Here are three ways we can transform law and culture together in the New Year.
1. Protect freedom of conscience for every American
When you fight for one person’s conscience, you are fighting for all Americans. The government shouldn’t punish people for peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights in accordance with their deepest religious convictions. The United States Supreme Court has an opportunity to weigh in on this constitutional right if they decide to take up Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips’ case in the coming year. (You can learn more about why the Supreme Court should hear Jack’s case here).
In the meantime, more and more Americans are standing up for their rights when the government crosses the line. People like Barronelle Stutzman and Carl and Angel Larsen are fighting for their right to not be forced to participate in events and speak messages that are inconsistent with their faith. Likewise, medical professionals who don’t want to participate in abortion or doctor-prescribed death are standing up for their right to do no harm.
For these individuals and everyone in between, you can help us protect freedom of conscience for every American by giving a gift to help support ADF as we stand with our brothers and sisters in 2017.
2. Prevent discrimination against churches
The government has no business trying to dictate church policy, how a church uses its facilities, or what a pastor preaches from the pulpit. The government also can’t treat churches poorly simply because they have a religious identity—that’s discrimination, plain and simple. But more often than not, we find ourselves fighting against these exact types of government overreach.
The United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case of Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Pauley early next year. The case is a clear example of religious discrimination, and the Court’s decision could set the tone for religious freedom cases in 2017. ADF attorneys are prepping to argue this case, and your gift today supports their efforts to present a strong legal defense for religious freedom.
3. Defend the right of students to freely live out their faith
Teaching leftist ideology to the next generation is not the job of the government or of special interest groups. And a liberal worldview is not a prerequisite for college. Too frequently, however, Christian students are finding that their views and beliefs are simply not tolerated on campus.
On university and college campuses we’ve seen schools reject student volunteer hours that were earned at church (while giving students credit for attending a lecture about Planned Parenthood), expel students over their beliefs, allow their faculty to publicly ridicule and academically punish students because of their faith, and discriminate against students for their conservative ideas. Meanwhile, public elementary and high school students are faced with gender ideology indoctrination as early as kindergarten, and many are being forced to share locker rooms and other private spaces with students of the opposite sex. This must stop.
Earlier this year, more than 8,900 of you joined with us in reminding the United States Supreme Court that students have a right to their bodily privacy. Together we filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case of Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., and the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case. The implications of its ruling in the coming year will likely be historic and impact personal privacy for tens of millions of students across the country.
As you can see, 2017 is shaping up to be a busy year for Alliance Defending Freedom. There is a lot of work to do, and with your support, we can respond with the resources and capacity to engage in the opportunities before us. Any gift you can give is appreciated and will go a long way in helping transform law and culture in the New Year so that true freedom can flourish.
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