“The Future of Religious Liberty” – Mount Saint Mary Panel Event

January 9, 2017

RFI President Thomas Farr joined a diverse group of speakers at a panel event hosted by Mount Saint Mary University discussing the present and future challenges of religious liberty. 

The evening was opened by Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori. Archbishop Lori, who cited not just the historical commitment to religious freedom of the institution, the country, but also the positive impact that the exercise of religious freedom has had and continues to have on the world. Yet he warned of the seeming “tightening of the noose” around the freedom for individuals to act on the basis of their convictions. While this has happened at the level of court decisions and government policies, these  governmental decisions, in his view, follow on from changes in culture. 

The panelists then looked to provide both insight into the future challenges and a call to action to strengthen and promote religious freedom, both domestically and internationally.

Speakers included:

Archbishop William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore

Daniel Hartman, Associate, WilmerHale LLP

Cheryl Mitchell Gaines, Founder and Senior Pastor, ReGeneration House of Praise

Nathan Diament, Executive Director, Orthodox Union Advocacy Center

Thomas Farr, President, Religious Freedom Institute, Director, Religious Freedom Project, Georgetown University

You have a right and a responsibility to exercise as well as talk about religious freedom.
— Thomas Farr

Read More about the Panel: “Faithful called to join intellectuals in religious freedom fight” by Erik Zygmont (Catholic Review)

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