EPPC’s American Religious Freedom program is devoted to protecting and strengthening the inherent religious freedoms of Americans of all faiths. We work to inculcate a sound understanding of America’s religious freedoms among state and national government officials, the media, the legal and academic communities, and the public. We have been instrumental in forming the nation’s first religious freedom caucuses in state legislatures, and we work closely with the bipartisan members of these caucuses to advance laws and policies that protect religious freedom.
Through its exemplary history of affording robust religious freedoms to all persons, America has preserved national unity and avoided the religious divisions and violent conflicts that have plagued nations throughout the ages and across the globe. The American Religious Freedom program works in coalition with individuals and organizations of all faiths, regardless of their political affiliation or ideology.
Brian Walsh is executive director of the American Religious Freedom program.
Tim Schultz, State Legislative Policy Director
Kelly Clark, Legislative Coordinator
Brooke Cook, Program Coordinator
TJ Whittle, Research and Digital Media Specialist
George Washington Thanked God for America
It used to be common knowledge that America’s first national Thanksgiving Day was established by President George Washington in 1789. While a few modern critics might be rankled by, as Washington’s proclamation puts it, an official “day of public thanksgiving and prayer,” for most Americans, the first national Thanksgiving Day stands as an enduring precedent reminding Read More.
2013 National Religious Freedom Conference
On May 30, leaders of diverse faiths will join forces with bipartisan legislators from across the country to defend religious freedom for all at the 2013 National Religious Freedom Conference, sponsored by EPPC’s American Religious Freedom Program. Read More.
2012 National Religious Freedom Conference
RISING THREATS TO AMERICAN RELIGIOUS FREEDOM To fight for the protection of religious freedoms in the face of threats by aggressively secularist elected officials, bureaucrats and judges, a diverse group of religious leaders joined together at the National Religious Freedom Conference, Rising Threats to American Religious Freedom, to establish a unified effort surrounding the recent Read More.
George Washington’s Vision for Religious Freedom and Church-State Relations
Attendance at this event is by invitation only. The Ethics and Public Policy Center takes pleasure in announcing the inaugural event of its American Religious Freedom Program. President Washington’s vision for religious freedom and church-state relations established enduring precedents to guide American political life and civil society. His Thanksgiving Day Proclamation, Letter to the Read More.