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.
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.