What you need to know about the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch in the Weekly Digest

The Weekly Digest: 3-22-17

"...human rights rightly belong to all members of the human family regardless of their physical or mental condition. Sadly, in 2017 the diagnosis of Down Syndrome is becoming a death sentence."

Rubén Navarro, Senior UN Counsel for ADF International at the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

Stop Discriminating Down - Event UN Geneva

You’re not free if your beliefs are confined to your mind. Everyone in world history under every sort of regime has been “free to believe.” What makes America unique is our freedom to peacefully live out those beliefs, and the Constitution protects that freedom.

Hear what ADF client Blaine Adamson has to say about work as a form of worship.
More than 70% of public colleges and universities have speech codes that are in direct violation of the First Amendment.

A March Madness Bracket No School Wants to Win

The male student brought a complaint to school officials, who informed him that they now allow students who subjectively identify themselves as the opposite sex to choose whichever locker room they wish to use.

He asked officials to protect his privacy, but they instead told him twice that he must “tolerate” it and make changing with students of the opposite sex as “natural” as he...
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Student sues Pennsylvania school district for sexual harassment, violation of personal privacy

ADF's Kellie Fiedorek and Jordan Lorence join Pennsylvania Family Institute & Council in protecting and preserving Pennsylvania students' constitutional rights to privacy. Find more here: [ Bit.ly Link ]
With Judge Gorsuch's confirmation hearings underway, let's look back to a piece Alliance Defending Freedom CEO Michael Farris wrote when President Trump first announced his nomination.

SHARE this week during the hearings!

Judge Gorsuch, President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee, Is No Stranger to Religious Freedom

A quick Did You Know video on why ADF is asking the US Supreme Court to strike down an unconstitutional California law that forces pro-life care centers to provide free advertising for the abortion industry.
Dear U.S. Supreme Court,

Don’t force Pro-Life centers to promote abortion. The state should not force pro-life healthcare professionals into abortion advocacy. Period. The Supreme Court now has the chance to make this clear.

Read more below:

National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra

Should pro-life care centers be forced to provide free advertising for the abortion industry?

A California law says so. SHARE if you say NO!

ADF filed a petition today on behalf of a pro-life pregnancy care center network and two pregnancy care centers asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling by the 9th Circuit which upheld the unjust law.

ADF asks US Supreme Court to halt California law forcing pro-life centers to promote abortion

“No person or group should live in fear of being killed, tortured, or oppressed because of their religious beliefs,” said ADF International UN Counsel Kelsey Zorzi,

One year after genocide declaration, little done to bring ISIS war criminals to justice. SHARE to continue circulating the need for action.

Members of Congress call on Tillerson, Haley to lead efforts at UN

“The answer is simple, and timeless: a free society is based on the principle that each and every individual has the right to decide what art or entertainment he or she wants—or does not want—to receive or create." -ACLU

Odd...seeing that the ACLU filed a friend-of-the-court brief against our clients Brush and Nib who are requesting their right to not be forced to create art they disagree...
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Artists to appeals court: Halt Phoenix ordinance that punishes artistic freedom with jail time

We don’t have to wait in fear that an unjust law will be used against us. Thankfully, we have an avenue to challenge those types of laws. And when our clients take a stand against these unconstitutional laws to defend the right to live and work according to their conscience, that benefits everyone.

To learn more about our clients who have filed pre-enforcement challenges, visit CreateFreely.org.

You Asked, We Answer: What Is a Pre-Enforcement Challenge?

Our John Harding dives in to how Scripture leads him to believe that ADF clients’ livelihoods are on the line not only for the sake of their own consciences, but as Paul indicates, for the integrity of their Gospel witness to their customers and even the broader public.

ADF Conscience Clients Care about Truth and Their Neighbors

"The original law was intended to prevent campaigners from physically blocking access to abortion clinics, but has been extended in scope over the years."

Just how far has this law gone? Learn more below:

France Risks Violating the Right to Freedom of Expression with New Abortion Law Proposals | OHRH

In order to protect against the growing challenges of "dogmatism and groupthink" within academics, Professor Robert P. George of Princeton University and Cornel West of Harvard University have crafted a petition to help encourage open conversation, and productive debates in regards to some of our society's more difficult topics.

ADF's Founder Alan Sears, CEO Michael Farris, and Director of...
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Sign the Statement: Truth Seeking, Democracy, and Freedom of Thought and Expression

"Let's play a game. I'll give you a quote, you try to determine who said it. Ready? "

See the quote, and who said it in this week's Weekly Digest.

The Weekly Digest: 3-15-17

On April 19, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in what one New York Times reporter called “the most interesting case of the upcoming SCOTUS term.”

Here are three things that you didn’t know about the Trinity Lutheran playground case at the U.S. Supreme Court.

3 Things You Didn’t Know about the Trinity Lutheran Playground Case at the Supreme Court

There are a number of different ways to fill out your March Madness brackets. In the past, I have filled them out based on the best team colors, best team mascots, and places I’d most like to visit.

But this year, the Director of ADF’s Center for Academic Freedom Casey Mattox filled out his bracket based on which schools have the worst speech policies on campus.

See why our "Champ" gets to...
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What If March Madness Was Decided by Which Schools Have the Worst Speech Policies?