Religious freedom is a core American value protected by the Constitution, and ensures that people of all faiths are allowed to practice their faith free from intimidation and discrimination. The promise of religious freedom is one of the primary reasons that immigrants move to the United States to build a new life for themselves and their families.
MPAC works in coalition with a wide variety of interfaith partners -- spanning nearly a dozen faiths -- to enhance interreligious understanding and support religious freedom for all Americans.
In the face of a spike in religious intolerance directed toward American Muslims, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg delivered a stirring speech against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty. In the speech, he argued passionately for religious freedom. Standing alongside a diverse group of New York interfaith leaders, Mayor Bloomberg stressed that "this nation was founded on the principle that the government must never choose between religions or favor one over another... Political controversies come and go, but our values and our traditions endure, and there is no neighborhood in this city that is off-limits to God's love and mercy, as the religious leaders here with us can attest."
During his remarks at the White House's annual iftar held in September 2010, President Barack Obama stressed the central value of religious freedom, saying America should "treat everyone equal regardless" of religion. He noted that Americans of various faiths seeking to build their houses of worship have faced discrimination in the past, they were able to overcome those challenges and enriched our nation's pluralism in the process.
IN THIS SECTION
'Trials of Muhammad Ali' Screening
February 22, 2014
Lekovic Keynotes Chicago Community Dinner
November 19, 2013
MPAC DC Director Co-Authors Brookings Paper on Religious Freedom
November 18, 2013
Pepperdine Interfaith Panel
October 30, 2013
Al-Marayati on 'Ground Zero Mosque'
August 26, 2010
Park 51 Interview on CNN
August 20, 2010
Edina Lekovic Talks About Ramadan on "Good Day LA"
August 11, 2010
Edina Lekovic on Fox- Ground Zero and Burka Ban
July 19, 2010
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