Fiction is a story that describes imaginary people and events. After reading through this captivating legal thriller penned by Alan Sears, President, CEO, and General Counsel of the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), you will walk away wondering if you have actually read a fictional work, or just pulled yourself away from current events. .
In Justice begins with the appointment of an ambitious young attorney, John Knox Smith, to head the newly created Diversity and Tolerance Enforcement Division (DTED). The DTED is an organization within the Department of Justice that carries the responsibility of enforcing what it believes to be equality and tolerance by ridding the U.S. of supposed hate speech. The DTED has a multipronged approach in accomplishing their end that will penalize individuals, non-profits, and businesses alike who adhere to any form of conservative Judeo-Christian values.
The protagonist standing in the eye of this new storm is a former collegiate friend of Mr. Smith, Pastor Pat Preston. Pastor Preston ministers at a mega church, Rogers Memorial Church, in TN, and his weekly messages are heard around the country on the radio and internet. As his peers, board, and even his wife, succumb to this tide of pressure, Pastor Preston finds himself nearly standing alone in his struggles with Mr. Smith, the DTED, and preserving religious freedom.
During these difficult times Pastor Preston reaches out to another former collegiate friend working within the Department of Justice, Matt Branson. After growing despondent of DTED’s policies and tactics, Matt decides to resign from his position in order to provide personal legal counsel for Pastor Preston.
With the support of Larry Jordan and the Alliance Defense Fund, a Legal Organization that affirms religious liberty, protects life, and defends marriage, will Pastor Preston, Matt, and religious freedom survive an attack of secularization that is claiming more than their conscience, but perhaps their very lives?
This fictional fight and struggle over religious freedom is one that is very real today. People from all walks of life are presently facing such secularization and the erosion of religious freedom. We are readily observing this in various sectors, such as hospitals where Doctors and Nurses have to question their vocation; Catholic Adoption Agencies being inhibited from placing children, and students being inhibited from using the name of Jesus Christ during graduation commencement.
With keen insight and a mastery of his topic, Alan Sears navigates the tumultuous seas of secularization and provides us with a glimpse of what may be if we surrender to its torrent of ideas and practices.