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ADF is the world’s largest legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, and the sanctity of life.

Religious Freedom

ADF is firmly committed to the principle that religious freedom must extend to individuals of all faiths and no faith.

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Free Speech

A significant focus of our work is ensuring that public colleges and universities remain marketplaces of ideas, where all students are free to express their views and debate important issues.

Sanctity of Human Life

ADF also defends the sanctity of human life and works to ensure that laws and courts protect women and their children while safeguarding life from conception to natural death.

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Religious Discrimination

ADF also works to stop government discrimination against churches and religious institutions.

International Work

ADF International is a highly respected organization that engages in legal advocacy alongside numerous partners all over the world.

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Supreme Court Advocacy

ADF is also one of the nation’s most respected and successful United States Supreme Court advocates.

ADF advocates for every person’s fundamental freedoms of speech, religion, and conscience—even those whose views differ from ours. Having the freedom to disagree and to debate our differences is what makes us American.

As former President Barack Obama recently said:

[T]he practice of listening to opposing views is essential for effective citizenship. It is essential for our democracy.1

Furthermore, former President of the American Civil Liberties Union, Nadine Strossen, recently explained:

[ADF and I] agree that all of us should combat all ideas, even those we consider hateful or hated, not with censorship, but with more speech. Indeed, we regularly counter some of each others’ ideas in just this way.2

And that’s what we fight for each and every day at ADF – a society defined by the free exchange of ideas and respect and tolerance for those with differing views.

1 Sophie Tatum, Obama Says Fox News viewers, New York Times readers live in ‘entirely different’ realities, CNN Politics (Nov. 28, 2018) · Source

2 View full quote from Nadine Strassen here