Sam Brownback, a Catholic and former U.S. Goodwill Ambassador for Religious Freedom, said the group’s founders are “increasingly concerned about the decline of religious freedom here at home” and the “exponential effect “that this has abroad.
WASHINGTON — The Religious Liberty Institute on Tuesday launched a support committee for political candidates who champion the free exercise of religion for all.
the National Committee for Religious Freedom describes itself as a non-partisan organization that will support “any candidate from any political party that supports religious freedom and oppose any candidate from any political party that does not”.
As part of January 19 launch, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chairman of the American Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Religious Liberty, hailed the creation of the committee, while lamenting that the “first liberty” of religious liberty is “surely one of the last liberties to obtain a committee to safeguard it. »
Cardinal Dolan recently spoke out against attacks on places of worship and religious art, saying such attacks amount to attacks on the community that prays there.
Sam Brownback, a Catholic and former U.S. Goodwill Ambassador for Religious Freedom, said the group’s founders are “increasingly concerned about the decline of religious freedom here at home” and the “exponential effect “that this has abroad. He said the committee plans to conduct educational campaigns and assess candidates’ positions on religious freedom; create voter guides; and ask candidates to sign a pledge to support religious freedom.
Although the committee’s founders — who represent a wide range of religions — don’t agree on every point of theology, Brownback praised the fact that the group was able to come together to support the right of all Americans to “Peacefully practicing their faith”. , as guaranteed by the First Amendment.
Professor Robert George of Princeton University, a Catholic scholar and former chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, spoke at the launch and noted that the committee stands ready to defend religious freedom for all, not only Christians.
“What we don’t want is religious freedom for me, but not for you,” he noted.
A legal group known for representing believers in court said late last year that support for religious freedom in America had reached a three-year high.