David Abel


The religious freedom debate is big news in America. It’s part of a bigger culture war and currently includes discussion around the “Equality Act”, a bill (H.R. 5) in the United States Congress that, if passed, would prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in a wide variety of areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system.

David Able, a Pennsylvania business leader has found himself to be a reluctant, yet able player in this national conversation.

At age 18, David Z. Abel partnered with a friend to sell his wares at a local flea market. He had found his calling and sold everything he owned to create what would become the multi-million dollar DAS company.  David believes the success of DAS resides with God who has always been watching over them. DAS’s #1 core value is to honor God in all they do. David is also breathing life back into the “Star Barn”, one of the most photographed barns in America.

The Star Barn is a popular wedding venue owned by David. It became a lightning rod in the community when David concluded he could not allow same sex marriages on the property. This scenario is similar to other religious freedom cases in America today. What are his rights? What are the issues? What are your rights as an employer?

David will be joined by Bob Pruitt, Senior Counsel, Corporate Affairs at Alliance Defending Freedom and Brad Dacus, President, Pacific Justice Institute. We will explore guiding principles that you must be aware of related to workplace policies, statements of religious faith, principles for sharing of religious information, prayer meetings and how to legally accommodate an employee’s religious belief.

Brenn Borror