Former federal prosecutor and political commentator Alan E. Sears joins WorldNetDaily as a regular contributor beginning today.

Sears is president, chief executive officer and general counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, America’s largest public-interest, religious-liberty legal alliance. Since the Alliance Defense Fund’s inception in 1994, Sears has led the strategy, training and funding initiatives in the legal battle for religious liberty, sanctity of life and traditional family values.

Previously, Sears held numerous positions with the U.S. government, including the Department of Justice, under Attorneys General William French Smith and Ed Meese, as an assistant U.S. attorney and chief of criminal section; as director of the Attorney General’s Commission on Pornography; the Department of Interior Undersecretary Donald Hodel as an associate solicitor; with other not-for-profit, public-interest legal organizations; and in the private practice of law.

As a federal prosecutor, Sears was responsible for running regional and national task forces, prosecuted hundreds of complex federal crimes, and argued 22 cases before the federal court of appeals (with only one loss).

Sears also wrote state and federal laws, testified before the committees of the U.S. House and Senate, and before 22 state legislatures. Twenty states have adopted his recommendations. He has spoken before committees of the British Parliament and at the Vatican, as well as training hundreds of law enforcement officials from Australia to Scotland Yard.

As a result of his impressive record, the liberal American Bar Association’s magazine, Barrister, once recognized Sears as one of the outstanding young lawyers in America.

“I’m excited about the addition of Alan Sears to our commentary lineup for two reasons – he is a force to be reckoned with in the courtroom and is unequaled in his ability to articulate his defense of religious liberties in the written and spoken word,” said Joseph Farah, editor and founder of WND. “For years, I’ve been waiting for the ACLU to meet its match. I think that day has finally come in the form of Alan Sears and his Alliance Defense Fund.”

Sears has also appeared on more than 1,000 radio and TV programs, including ABC’s “20/20” and “Nightline,” Fox’s “O’Reilly Factor,” NBC’s “Today,” and media outlets such as CNN, PBS and CBS News. He has also been featured on Dr. James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family” program more than 25 times. He is the co-author of “The Homosexual Agenda: Exposing the Principal Threat to Religious Freedom Today” with Craig Osten, published by Broadman and Holman in June 2003, and has written numerous other publications. Sears is also co-author with Craig Osten of the new book “The ACLU vs. America: Exposing the Agenda to Redefine Moral Values.”

Alan Sears has a rare blend of experience in administration, intense legal practice in both private and public sectors, and expertise in First Amendment issues. Under his leadership, the Alliance Defense Fund has a 3-to-1 success rate in cases litigated to conclusion.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky, with a juris doctor from Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Sears is a member in good standing with the American, Arizona, California, District of Columbia and Kentucky Bar Associations.

Get your copy of Alan Sears’ new book “The ACLU vs. America: Exposing the Agenda to Redefine Moral Values.”

Go to Alan Sears’ column: “The ACLU’s shocking legacy.”

Note: Read our discussion guidelines before commenting.