Will you stand for religious freedom?


Dear Friends of Religious Freedom,

We need your help to secure religious freedom in our beloved nation. 

Yes. In America.

Unfortunately, our internal divisions are degrading this fundamental freedom. In recent years the words “religious freedom” have begun to appear with scare quotes in major newspapers, as if the phrase represented a ruse rather than a right guaranteed by our Constitution. Alarmingly, growing numbers of our fellow citizens are beginning to agree.

This is dangerous, for each of us, for our communities, and for our country.

At the Religious Freedom Institute our response has been to re-affirm the importance of religious freedom to the lives of Americans, and to the well-being of our nation, through the American Charter of Freedom of Religion and Conscience.

The charter is a magnificent document that restates in contemporary terms what religious freedom means and why it is important for all of us in America, religious or not. 

On November 29 we rolled out the American Charter at the National Archives. Many of the signatories joined us there for a signing ceremony in the shadow of the Bill of Rights.

Those who signed the Charter disagree over many important things – politics, culture, religion, and more. But they refused to allow their differences to pit them against one another.

Instead they came together to reaffirm our nation’s motto: out of many, one. In America, all of us are equal. Each of us has a voice.

Of all the challenges that face our great nation, few are more important than this: we must respect those with whom we disagree, especially on sacred matters. As our founders understood, religious freedom for all is necessary if we are to achieve that goal, and if our grand experiment in democracy is to succeed.


Now the hard work begins, and we need your help.

In 2019 RFI will begin to put the principles of the Charter into action, for example into high school and college curricula, into education for media, and into training for secular and religious leaders.

We invite you to join us in this work.

We ask that you seriously consider sharing in our mission to re-establish religious freedom as a fundamental right to be defended and protected for everyone, everywhere.

Including – especially – in America.

If you want to know more, visit us at www.religiousfreedominstitute.org, or call us at (202) 838-7734.


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Thomas Farr

“The reason why this Charter is important to me, as a black woman, as a woman of faith, is because religious freedom has been so important for African Americans in this country.”

Dr. Jacqueline C. Rivers, Co-founder, Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies