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Welcome to The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund’s mission is to defend religious freedom by providing protective legal services at the trial level to persons whose religious liberty and free-speech rights have been attacked. FCDF is a nonprofit public-interest law firm which defends the conscience rights and religious freedom of those of all faiths and no faith.

What makes FCDF unique—and so very much needed—is its focus on trial-level defense. Whereas other public-interest attorneys and nonprofits tend to focus their work at the appellate level, FCDF has seasoned expertise at the trial-court level where these rights most need to be defended. Too many cases never get to the appellate level—precisely because harassed, oppressed, intimidated men and women do not have the resources to defend their rights at trial. That is where the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund comes in. Moreover, FCDF is the only such firm based in California, where the push against religious liberty is particularly strong.

The Professor Lopez Case

 
Dr. Lopez is an English professor at Cal State Northridge. In October 2014, Dr. Lopez sponsored an academic conference, entitled “Bonds That Matter,” on the legal and moral rights of children to know and, if possible, be raised by their biological parents. Participation by his students was optional. At the conference, one student challenged one presenter, a feminist filmmaker whose documentaries feature regretful surrogate mothers. The complaining student insisted that gay couples should have a right to “get” a baby. After she graduated in May 2014, this student filed a complaint with the University’s Office of Equity and Diversity, accusing Dr. Lopez of sexual discrimination in connection with the conference. FCDF is representing Dr. Lopez in his defense against these spurious claims. FCDF also previously assisted Dr. Lopez when homosexual activists unsuccessfully sought to derail his chances for tenure. Recently, the University found that Dr. Lopez did not engage in discrimination. The University, however, did find on its own that Dr. Lopez had retaliated against the complaining student. FCDF and Dr. Lopez are now considering what further action to take.
 
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Welcome to The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund

The Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund’s mission is to defend religious freedom by providing protective legal services at the trial level to persons whose religious liberty and free-speech rights have been attacked. FCDF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public-interest law firm which defends the conscience rights and religious freedom of those of all faiths and no faith.