ON-Lion Letter

In October, Bradley Prize recipient Robert P. George delivered the Foreign Policy Research Institute's (FPRI's) annual Templeton Lecture on Religion and World Affairs in Philadelphia on "The State of International Religious Freedom and Why It Matters."

George holds Princeton University's McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence and is the founding director of its James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.  He is vice chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.  His many books include Making Men Moral:  Civil Liberties and Public Morality and The Clash of Orthodoxies:  Law, Religion and Morality in Crisis.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation supports both FPRI and the James Madison Program.  George also serves on the Bradley Foundation's Board of Directors.

"[F]or those of us who care about religious freedom, we have a job to do," he said during the lecture.  "We need to make the case to our fellow Americans on behalf of supporting religious freedom abroad.  We need to explain why this matters for our country and for our world.   And then, as we increase our support, we can move Washington to do the right thing by supporting religious freedom.

"We must make it clear to those in public office that we expect them to honor religious freedom," George continued.  "We must insist that religious freedom be given the priority it is due in the conduct of our international diplomacy and our foreign policy.  Trade considerations matter; geopolitical and strategic considerations are important; but religious freedom is important, too.  It is not a second-class concern ...."

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