Freedom faces an uncertain future. And there’s no doubt that opponents of religious freedom are willing to invest their time and money to undermine your values at every stage. You probably see it any time you turn on the TV or scroll through social media. But these attacks aren’t isolated to the media. They have made their way into courtrooms across the country, where state and local governments have tried to cast aside your freedoms in favor of a political agenda.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is not taking these attacks lying down. After all, the government should be protecting your freedom, not attacking it.
That’s why we defend people like Jack Phillips.
The State of Colorado went after Jack after he politely declined to design a custom cake for a same-sex wedding. Jack serves all people, but he cannot express every message or celebrate every event. And he shouldn’t be forced to do that. Still, the State of Colorado punished him simply for running his business consistently with his faith.
After six years of court battles, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June that the state showed impermissible hostility toward Jack’s religious beliefs. This was a big win for religious freedom.
Yet with each victory, the opponents of freedom have fought back harder.
Even after the Supreme Court ruled in Jack’s favor, the State of Colorado targeted Jack again.
This time, the harassment centers around Jack’s decision not to create a cake with a pink and blue design to celebrate a gender transition. The request came from a lawyer on the very same day the media announced that the Supreme Court would hear Jack’s original case.
Jack says it best: “Colorado just seems to be looking for opportunities to punish me for my faith.”
Attacks like this often come under the label of achieving “tolerance.”
But it’s not about tolerance. It’s never been about tolerance.
It’s about forcing people of faith like you to celebrate a worldview that conflicts with your faith.
And that’s why we want to hear from you.
We want to know what you think. Is religious freedom in better shape than it was five years ago? Does the media treat Christians fairly? Should ADF expect to see more everyday Americans like you threatened with punishment for living out their faith?
We value your opinion. Would you please complete the 2018 Freedom in America Survey so we know what fights you think are the most important in the year ahead?Take the Survey