It’s no secret that I’m:
- A former Evangelical
- A former Calvinist
- An Orthodox Christian
Less known, I was a very strong student of constitutional law, including religious freedom (with which I was fascinated well before I went to law school) and I was privileged (I mean that sincerely) to get serious training in defense of religious liberty from Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), now known as Alliance Defending Freedom.
That said, I’m directing my religious freedom defense dollars these days to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
Why? Although I am generally in alignment with ADF’s positions on marriage, family, and the sanctity of human life, I am more comfortable with the tone and the single focus of Becket Fund, which genuinely defends the religious liberty of all (even of the wrong ADF, should the need arise) while the very Right ADF likely would demur from defending the wrong one lest it offend its donor base (or so it seems to me).
I also give to the Center for Law and Religious Freedom, an affiliate of the Christian Legal Society for similar reasons.
believe understand as I do that religious freedom already has been greatly compromised in the U.S. and faces the threat of even worse, I wanted my readers to know that they don’t have to sign onto a relatively strident Religious Right group to defend religious freedom.
If you’re comfortable with ADF after poking around its site, God bless you and have at it.
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“In learning as in traveling and, of course, in lovemaking, all the charm lies in not coming too quickly to the point, but in meandering around for a while.” (Eva Brann)