Christian Legal Society, Center for Law and Religious Freedom

Mission Statement

“America’s oldest Christian advocacy ministry for religious freedom, the Center for Law and Religious Freedom argues high impact cases and advises Congress on vital legislation to protect religious freedom. We are blessed to serve as America's RELIGIOUS LIBERTY ADVOCATES(R).

Since 1980, the Center has worked on hundreds of court cases, legislative initiatives, and influential publications concerning religious freedom. The Center has represented Christian students denied the right to meet for prayer and Bible study at their high schools, including the first case heard by the Supreme Court on the issue. The Center was also instrumental in Congress’s passing the Equal Access Act to protect the right of public school students to meet for prayer and Bible study at school.

Today the Center advocates on behalf of not only religious student groups, but also faith-based social services, religious educational institutions, and pro-life health care providers: ...”

Mission Source:
Expenditures Source:
2009 IRS Form 990, Center for Law & Religious Freedom Expenses

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Religious Tradition

Year/Decade Arrived in D.C.

  • 1980

Annual Advocacy Expenditures

  • $786,892

Type of Organization

Tax Status

Location of D.C.-Area Office

  • Springfield, Va.