A Historic Commitment to Defending Liberty on Campus


In any campaign, logistics represents an essential, though often overlooked, component of victory. While Napoleon once quipped that “an army marches on its stomach,” a corollary of this principle holds true for the ADF Center for Academic Freedom: defending liberty requires funding. Thus, we are thrilled and grateful to announce a recent $9.2 million grant to support our efforts to defend the free speech and religious freedom rights of university students and faculty.  With ADF matching this grant, just under $20 million—the largest effort of its kind ever—will be directed to defending the rights of university students and faculty and to eradicating unconstitutional university policies.  This historic gift positions us to challenge university speech codes, to ensure that Christian and conservative student organizations can operate on campus freely, and to eliminate ideological litmus tests for students and faculty.  While this grant should serve as a warning for universities, it should also reassure students that the Alliance Defense Fund and the ADF Center for Academic Freedom are committed to defending their freedoms over the long term.  In a nutshell, thanks to the generosity both of those behind the grant and of those who will help us meet the match, the Lord has graciously allowed us to expand our efforts to restore the marketplace of ideas and to keep the door open for the spread of the Gospel on campus.

Update:  David French, the Director of the ADF Center for Academic Freedom, recently appeared on The Michael Medved Show and on Moody Radio’s Prime Time America to discuss this unprecedented grant and what it means for Christian students and faculty members.


2 Responses to “A Historic Commitment to Defending Liberty on Campus”

  1. Ruth W. Herbert Says:

    Two quotes come to mind: “Truth crushed to earth will rise again/ The eternal years of God are hers.” (Davis ?)
    Also let’s not forget Patrick Henry: “Give me liberty or give me death”. The grants are fantastic, but it’s noteworthy that each academic (student and professor) is faced with the challenge of unashamedly speaking the truth in love and declaring his/her convictions, ethics, and unconditional moral precepts whether politically correct or no. Dare I suggest that too few have stood up and been counted–hence the nearly overpowering and generally adopted agenda of all things amoral.

    • Travis C. Barham Says:

      Thank you, Ms. Herbert, for highlighting an important issue. Changing the academic culture will involve at least two things: (1) eliminating the formal policy barriers to free speech, and (2) inspiring students and faculty to exercise their dearly purchased freedoms. This matching grant greatly assists us with the former, but we cannot act unless Christians and conservatives are willing to do the latter. In fact, David French addresses this very issue in a recent article in the ADF Truth & Triumph magazine: http://www.adftruthandtriumph.org/200908/editorial.html.

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