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Three Stories Hurting Americans

All too often now Americans are prone to buy into three stories, none of which are usually true: the other person is a villain, I am an innocent victim and there is nothing I can to do help mitigate the situation ...

Why Religious Liberty Cannot Prosper without Economic Liberty

The founders affirmed the public expression of religious faith and its importance to public morality while refusing to establish a national religion. Instead, they opted for widespread religious liberty, which meant that citizens could bring their religious convictions into the public square ...

Religious Harmony

We must distinguish between belief and respect. Belief refers to total faith, which you must have in your own religion. At the same time you should have respect for all other religions ...
The Long Journey to Religious Freedom

The Long Journey to Religious Freedom

Religious freedom is a precious and fragile gift. A gift we have to promote and protect. Tours like this remind us of the high price so many paid and continue to pay for freedom to practice their faith. We have an obligation to keep on in our work in their ...
Talking of Freedom

Talking of Freedom

It is vital for everyone not only to focus upon their own freedom and religious activity, but to give of themselves in service for other people. Others, too, need this precious religious freedom. With religious freedom you can share with them your personal connection with God and what He means ...
At Fortnight’s closing Mass, people encouraged to pray and act for religious freedom

At Fortnight’s closing Mass, people encouraged to pray and act for religious freedom

The theme for the 2016 Fortnight for Freedom, “Witnesses to Freedom,” unfolded as 1,500 people spent part of their July 4 holiday attending the closing Mass at the Basilica of the ...
A Joint Muslim Statement on the Carnage in Orlando

A Joint Muslim Statement on the Carnage in Orlando

We, as American Muslims, follow the openhearted and inclusive Islam of Muhammad Ali and completely reject the hatred, provincialism, and intolerance of those who trample upon the rights of others, besmirching and defiling the name of Islam ...
A Free Society Is A Moral Achievement

A Free Society Is A Moral Achievement

The United States is that rare phenomenon: a covenant society. Covenant societies represent conscious new beginnings. They are founded on an idea, dedicated to a proposition. They have a story, and they make sure no one forgets the story, which is why they inscribe it on monuments and teach it ...

The Difficult Questions of Pluralism

Americans seem forever pulled in opposite directions. We want to celebrate our differences, but we also want to erase them. We are a pluralistic society in fact, but often a uniform society in ideal. And the two are always in tension ...

The Pledge of Allegiance Cases

For over a decade, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has successfully defended the words “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance. Why? Because the phrase “under God” answers one of the most important questions any community can ask: Where do our rights come from? ...