ADF has had record year in protecting religious freedom nationwide
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a legal organization that fights for religious freedom and justice, has had a record year in defending the liberties of students at public and private universities across the nation.
In the past year, ADF has won multiple cases including protecting a Christian professor against employee discrimination and successfully challenging the speech policy at a Virginia Community College system that includes 23 college campuses.
ADF Senior Legal Counsel David Hacker told Campus Reform that as a result of their help, these campuses “changed their unconstitutional policies to one that accurately reflects the First Amendment.”
ADF also filed 10 lawsuits to protect the freedom of students against restrictive administrative practices, as well as defend the religious freedom of private universities from the Obamacare contraception mandate.
“Public universities should encourage, not shut down, the free exchange of ideas. For them to do otherwise is to act contrary to their very reason for existence and is frequently unconstitutional as well,” Hacker said in a press release.
ADF is continuing their nationwide effort this year in their commitment to addressing unconstitutional policies found in universities and colleges. The organization has already written to nearly 400 schools and has directly led to protecting more than 4.5 million students in 25 states from bad policies.
“While we are thrilled to see this progress made, we remain vigilant in working to protect the freedoms of students from schools that are hostile to student speech,” Hacker told Campus Reform. “We encourage students to contact us about speech restrictions on their campuses so that we can continue to remain effective in ensuring that students’ constitutionally guaranteed freedoms remain preserved and protected.”
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