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.
Defending Your Right to Freely Live out Your Faith in Six Key Areas
What We're Doing About It
Alliance Defending Freedom and our allies are defending religious freedom in crucial cases throughout America.
Religious FreedomA.M. v. French
Public, nonreligious private, and home-schooled high-school students can attend college classes, but not students from private religious schools
Religious FreedomUpdegrove v. Herring
ADF attorneys filed suit on behalf of a Virginia wedding and special-event photographer challenging a Virginia Law
Connect with our community and join the conversation.
Stay informed about religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family.Sign Up
Find out More About Religious Freedom
Religious FreedomWill President Biden Push for More Unconstitutional Restrictions on Churches?
If churches are treated unfairly by more COVID-19 regulations, ADF will be there to challenge them—all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.
Religious FreedomCourt Stops Vermont From Treating Religious High School Students Worse Than Everyone Else
We are simply asking that the state of Vermont treat students at religious high schools equally and give them the same opportunities as public school students.
Religious FreedomWhat Are Nominal Damages Anyway? These 5 Quotes from Chike’s Oral Arguments Help Explain
To understand why the outcome of this case should matter to you, here are a few key quotes from oral arguments that help explain the importance of nominal damages.