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Aug 22, 2018

For the first time in our nation’s history, Attorney General Jeff Sessions hosted a summit on religious liberty, demonstrating the Trump Administration’s ongoing commitment to religious freedom. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.


At the end of July 2018, the Attorney General of the United States hosted a religious liberty summit in the Grand Hall of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

As far as I know, this is the first time in our nation’s history that a sitting Attorney General has held a day-long summit on religious liberty.  For that, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and President Trump, are to be commended for the administration’s ongoing commitment to religious liberty.

Those, like me, who attended the summit heard from a cross-section of America’s religious community. One Jewish rabbi spoke of years of discrimination by a city in Florida intent on keeping their small synagogue from worshiping in their town.  A Sikh told us stories of the bullying and abuse his faith community faces throughout the country.  One Muslim attorney reminded us of the very real Islamophobia her community faces on a daily basis.  Catholics, Protestants, and others spoke of similar concerns ranging from religious land use to matters of conscience.

More than a task force will be required to protect the religious liberty of all Americans—in the military, our schools, within houses of worship, and throughout the public square. Yet, gone are the days of an administration prosecuting nuns over birth control and reducing the robust protections of the First Amendment to a watered down, “freedom to worship.”

To learn how First Liberty is protecting religious liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

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