ON-Lion Letter
More than 300 leaders of faith communities, academic and business leaders, congressional staffers, and other policy experts -- in addition to over two dozen state legislators representing 15 states -- participated in May's 2012 National Religious Freedom Conference, "Rising Threats to American Religious Freedom," in Washington, D.C.  The Ethics and Public Policy Center's (EPPC's) American Religious Freedom Program sponsored the conference.

At the beginning of the conference, the American Religious Freedom Program announced joint efforts with a broad range of allies to form and support Religious Freedom Caucuses in 25 states by the end of 2012 and in virtually all 50 states by December 2013. 

The conference featured a roundtable of prominent religious leaders from the Orthodox Jewish, Latter-day Saint, Orthodox Christian, Roman Catholic, and Evangelical faith communities.  They gave voice to the growing number of religious leaders who are committed to working together to defend religious liberty for all Americans of all faiths.

The event concluded with Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore receiving EPPC's inaugural American Religious Freedom Award and delivering the keynote address.  Archbishop Lori has helped lead a vigorous yet gracious defense of religious liberty in the face of recent threats aimed at the autonomy and teachings of the Catholic Church and of other faith communities. 

The day’s events were carried live on C-SPAN, the coverage of which is still viewable online.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports EPPC.
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