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We provide legal services to those suffering religious discrimination, regardless of your religious belief or affiliation. We especially seek those willing to advance the law by making a long term commitment to engaging in trials and appeals. This is known as “impact litigation” because it helps to change, and hopefully strengthen the law.

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Current News and Features

June 28, 2017

Family Appeals Father’s Deportation, Says It Violates Their Religion

For the first time in U.S. history, attorneys for an illegal immigrant in Houston are appealing to federal religious freedom laws to annul his impending deportation. READ MORE

April 20, 2017

2017 Religious Liberty Summit

Each year, the North American Religious Liberty Association (NARLA) hosts a Religious Liberty Summit in Washington, D.C. It’s a unique opportunity for local members to play an active role in the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s religious liberty advocacy work. This year’s event will be an exceptional experience for attendees: the three-day Summit will coincide with the annual Religious Liberty Dinner, as well as a half day symposium celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Three individually impactful events combined into one incredible experience! READ MORE

March 30, 2017

North American Division Responds to Proposed Repeal of Johnson Amendmen

Recent events by both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. Government have brought the Johnson Amendment and participation in elections by nonprofits (including churches) to the forefront. The Johnson Amendment is the 1954 amendment to Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code prohibiting tax exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing candidates for office. This amendment is so named because of its sponsorship by then Senator Lyndon Johnson who had been targeted by a nonprofit during an election. READ MORE

March 30, 2017

Adventists Appeal Court Ruling on Kellogg Sabbath Case

On March 22, 2017, two former Kellogg employees made their appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit after a lower court found insufficient evidence that the two Adventist plaintiffs were treated unfairly when they were fired for failing to work on Sabbath. A decision from the court of appeals, located in Denver, Colorado, is expected in approximately three months. READ MORE

March 29, 2017

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM EFFORTS: NEXT FRONT OPENS IN BATTLE ON GAY MARRIAGE

South Dakota has become the first state to approve a religious freedom law in 2017, protecting faith-based adoption and foster care providers from discrimination laws if they choose not to allow same-sex couples to adopt. Other states are already following with similar efforts. READ MORE

FREEDOM CLASSROOM

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AFFILIATES

International Religious Liberty Association North American Religious Liberty Association Liberty Magazine Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists