Cultural Shifts with Michael Farris – ETB #172

I had the opportunity to meet up with my long-time friend Michael Farris at the National Religious Broadcasters convention a few weeks ago. He graciously agreed to have a conversation with me to share with you here at Equipped To Be. Michael has such a breadth of experience and knowledge in the areas of homeschooling, the Constitution, free speech, and legal defense of these topics. We spent some time talking about the cultural shifts that are being seen in our country and what we as Christians can do about it.

Cultural Shifts with Michael Farris - ETB #172

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Michael and I talk about:

  • Michael’s background, including his involvement in the homeschool movement, the founding of HSLDA, and his leadership roles in various organizations focused on protecting families and promoting the gospel of Christ.
  • The importance of delegating and empowering others to shine for long-term success.
  • The cultural shifts in America: those who hate God vs those who love God
  • The importance of the 1st Amendment: Totalitarianism and control of what you think
  • The dangers of suppressing dissenting opinions
  • Being open about your faith, your homeschooling, your lifestyle, etc.
  • The fight for our families, our children, our grandchildren, and our future.
  • Michael’s new project coming this fall
  • Stand up, Show up, Speak up.

I hope that my conversation with Michael has inspired and equipped you. These cultural shifts are happening all around us. What will you do next to stand up, show up, and speak up?

About Michael Farris

Former President & CEO Alliance Defending Freedom (2017-2022)

Farris was also founding president of both the Home School Legal Defense Association (1983), Patrick Henry College (2000), (2009), Convention of the States.

In 2022, Farris accepted a post at the in the Office of General Counsel.

Farris has specialized in constitutional appellate litigation. In that capacity, he has argued before the appellate courts of 13 states, eight federal circuit courts of appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court, where in 2018 he successfully argued NIFLA v. Becerra, resulting in a free speech victory for California’s pro-life pregnancy centers.

Farris has testified many times before both the House and Senate. He was an executive committee member of the Coalition for the Free Exercise of Religion that successfully lobbied Congress for the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. He also has substantial experience in international religious freedom advocacy.

Farris is the author of over 15 books, as well as law review and other scholarly and popular articles. He and his wife, Vickie, have 10 children and many grandchildren.

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Cultural Shifts with Michael Farris - ETB #172