Recognizing the unique and intimate nature of religion, the Founding Fathers wisely put religion on a different footing from other forms of speech and observance – mandating strict separation of church and state to ensure religious freedom for all individuals and faiths.
An ardent advocate for religious freedom, ADL believes that keeping government out of religion is the best way to safeguard religious freedom.
ADL believes that true religious freedom is best achieved when individuals are able to practice their faith or choose not to observe any faith; government neutrally accommodates religion, but does not favor any particular religion; and religious belief is not used to harm or infringe on the rights of others by government action or others in the public marketplace. ...
During the last half century, ADL has filed friend-of-the-court (amicus) briefs in virtually every major religious freedom case - Separation of Church and State and Free Exercise Clause Briefs - before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as numerous briefs with lower federal and state courts.