Millions of Dollars Boost Efforts to Deny Religious Liberty

Cake artist Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, was the target of more than $500,000 in opposition funding to thwart his religious liberty claims. (Alliance Defending Freedom photo)

– Some opponents of broad religious freedom protections have spent over $500,000 on advocacy and public relations campaigns related to the Masterpiece Cakeshop Supreme Court decision, a CNA analysis of recent foundation grant making has found.

The spending is among at least $2.4 million in new anti-religious freedom grants since October 2017, according to CNA’s analysis. Since 2014 at least $9.9 million in grants from multiple sources have been earmarked to oppose religious freedom protections. The grants generally come from backers of LGBT political causes, legal abortion and mandatory contraception coverage.

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