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Alan Sears is president, CEO and general counsel of the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), the nation’s largest and best-funded Religious Right legal organization.
Sears leads the Religious Right’s effort to erode the church-state wall in court. Church-state separation, he argues, is not found in the U.S. Constitution. Some of his views are rather extreme. For example, Sears contends in a book he coauthored (The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom) that movies like “Some Like It Hot” and “Tootsie” promote cross-dressing.

Sears insists that churches should have the right to intervene in political campaigns without losing their tax exemptions. The ADF sponsors a so-called “Pulpit Freedom Sundays” during which pastors are urged to openly violate federal law by endorsing or opposing candidates.

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