2 min read: He needs your support, John.
Ways to Get Involved
For the last several months, Alliance Defending Freedom has been preparing to provide the best possible legal defense for Chike Uzuegbunam at the U.S. Supreme Court. Arguments in the case are happening today, and Lord willing, that preparation will pay off with a victory.
(You can read more about what happened to Chike and what’s at stake in this case in the email I’ve forwarded you below.)
As I consider Chike’s case and the state of our nation, I’m reminded how valuable our constitutional rights are. They’re priceless, in fact. And when government officials trample on someone’s freedoms—like college officials did when they forced Chike to stop sharing his faith on campus—victims should have a way to secure justice.
That’s what our court system is for.
I have been an attorney for 44 years now, John. I’ve spent nearly all of that time on the frontlines in the fight for religious freedom, free speech, the sanctity of life, and parental rights.
The current threats to your freedom are substantial—there’s no denying it.
But I’ve seen what can happen when our brave brothers and sisters—like Chike—take a stand to preserve faith and freedom here in America. I have seen God deliver great victories for freedom. And I have seen our Constitution work to protect Americans from unjust government actions time and time again.
That’s how I know that the judiciary is our best opportunity to protect our liberties today—and in the coming months and years. And that is exactly what Alliance Defending Freedom is committed to do.
Thanks to God’s blessing (John 15:5), ADF has won 11 victories at the U.S. Supreme Court since 2011. And we’re winning nearly 80 percent of all cases.
The courts are where we can get things done, John. The courts are where we can defend your most cherished freedoms—and WIN!
But this work is only possible with your support.
A generous family has given a $70,000 challenge grant to help protect freedom and defend people of faith like Chike. Will you rise to the challenge today?
Please prayerfully consider what you can give today to help ensure your God-given liberties always have a strong legal defense.
And please keep this important case in your prayers today.
President & CEO
Alliance Defending Freedom
From: Kristen Waggoner
Subject: Oral arguments on January 12th
Help ensure government officials are held accountable when they violate your freedoms!
Chike Uzuegbunam did everything the officials at Georgia Gwinnett College told him to do.
He moved where he was told to move. He applied for the permissions he was told to get.
And still—he was silenced.
All Chike wanted to do was share his faith with his fellow students. But college officials wouldn’t allow it. They stopped him from sharing the Gospel—twice.
This is unacceptable.
Government officials—such as college administrators and campus police—have no business silencing a student’s speech. College campuses are free speech zones.
With the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, Chike decided to take a stand for freedom. But so far, college officials have avoided accountability for violating Chike’s constitutional right to free speech.
That’s why next week—on January 12—I’m arguing on Chike’s behalf before the U.S. Supreme Court and asking the justices to make things right.
Chike deserves justice, John.
And we must ensure government officials don’t get a free pass any time they trample someone’s constitutional rights. Whether it’s Chike’s rights, your rights, or anyone else’s. Freedom must be protected.
With just five days to go until oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, will you help support us in our final days of preparation?
($70,000 Challenge Grant!)
The government is supposed to protect freedom, not take it away
Our constitutional rights are valuable—priceless, in fact. And when government officials violate those freedoms—like college officials did to Chike—they should be held responsible.
That’s what our court system is for.
But so far, the courts have held that the college doesn’t have to make any effort to redress its violation of Chike’s constitutional rights. It doesn’t matter that he was censored and threatened.
Chike was simply standing there on a public walkway on campus, handing out religious literature, and peacefully and respectfully engaging in conversation with those who stopped and wanted to talk with him. But college officials told Chike that to speak, he needed to get advance permission and reserve a time in one of two tiny speech zones on campus—zones that made up far less than 1% of the campus and were open less than 10% of the week.
Chike did what they asked.
But when Chike went to the designated zone during his reserved time, two campus police officers ordered him to stop sharing his faith again. They even threatened Chike with disciplinary action if he did not stop speaking!
The courts have declined to hold these college officials accountable for what they did to Chike. And if this continues, there’s nothing to stop officials from violating another student’s rights in the future.
And this legal principle doesn’t just apply to a student’s right to free speech—it applies to the constitutional rights of all Americans.
That’s why Chike’s case is so important, John.
Please take your stand for freedom today and help ensure that government officials are held accountable when they violate your rights!
Together we can fight—and WIN—for freedom!
Chike’s stand for freedom and justice could affect all of us.
Consider that last year, ADF received more than 5,000 legal requests.
Many of these calls come from people of faith like Chike who are being punished for living out and expressing their deeply held beliefs. They are small business owners, church members, and students—everyday people like you who simply want to honor God with their life and work.
These people desperately need help to defend their First Amendment freedoms. And because ADF doesn’t charge clients for the legal defense we provide, their fight for freedom isn’t possible without you, John.
We cannot back down when our most cherished liberties are threatened. We must stand for freedom—all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. And ADF is committed to defending courageous individuals like Chike, churches, and other organizations that are willing to take that stand.
That’s why your tax-deductible gift today is so critical.
God continues to bless ADF with opportunities to stand and win for freedom at the U.S. Supreme Court, and you are a key part of that, John.
Because of the prayers and faithful support of people like you, ADF has become one of the most successful First Amendment advocates at the U.S. Supreme Court, having won 11 cases at the high court since 2011.
Each of these victories plays a part in ensuring your constitutional freedoms are protected today—and for your children and grandchildren. But it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring a case like Chike’s all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
There’s a lot on the line—for Chike and for us all. And we can’t do it without you. We are trusting God to provide the funding Chike’s case needs and to deliver a victory.
A generous family has already given a $70,000 challenge grant to help defend religious freedom for Chike—and people like him. Will you rise to the challenge today?
Your tax-deductible gift of $20, $50, $100, or more will be added to the challenge grant to further the impact for freedom during this critical time.
Thank you for rallying around Chike and rising to the challenge today to defend people of faith.
Kristen K. Waggoner
Alliance Defending Freedom
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