ON-Lion Letter
On behalf of a bipartisan group of more than 120 state lawmakers serving in statehouses across the country, prominent legislative leaders from nine states in October announced the formation of the nation's first state religious-freedom caucuses.  The caucuses and announcement were organized by the American Religious Freedom Program (ARFP) of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.  The announcement is the first installment in a national plan initiated by AFRP to help establish religious-freedom caucuses in all 50 state legislatures by the end of next year.

The new caucuses are composed of lawmakers in prominent leadership positions in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.  The caucuses will help legislators set state-specific agendas for strengthening religious liberties, learn from the experiences of sister states, and formulate religious-freedom policy based on input from each state's diverse faith communities.

"Faith communities across the nation have begun working together to secure and strengthen our cherished religious liberties on behalf of all Americans of all faiths," said ARFP executive director Brian W. Walsh.  "Today the movement to defend religious freedom is being joined by a bipartisan group of highly effective legislators in nine state capitals who will provide unifying leadership on these issues."

Leaders of each state caucus will guide that state's agenda for enacting specific protections for religious freedom.  EPPC's ARFP will work with a broad range of legislators, religious leaders, and other coalition members to help form additional caucuses and produce state-specific educational materials on religious freedom.

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