Defining religious freedom in America: Current challenges, future directions

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

On March 18, 2013, the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum, Moment Magazine and the Committee on Religious Liberty held a day-long symposium on religious freedom in the Knight Conference Center at the Newseum.

The morning panel, “Is religious liberty under attack?,” was moderated by Welton Gaddy, president of the Interfaith Alliance and featured Hoda Elshishtawy, legislative and policy analyst, Muslim Public Affairs Council; Wendy Kaminer, author and social critic; Richard Foltin, director of legislative and national affairs, American Jewish Committee; Mark Chopko, partner and chair of the Nonprofit & Religious Institutions practice group of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP; and Holly Hollman, general counsel, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

The lunch speaker was Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law, The George Washington University; legal affairs editor, The New Republic.

The afternoon panel, “Religious freedom in the future,” was moderated by Charles Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Education Project and featured Kim Colby, senior counsel, Center for Law and Religious Freedom, Christian Legal Society; Suhag A. Shukla, executive director and legal counsel for the Hindu American Foundation; Mark Rienzi, special counsel, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; Dan Mach, director, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief; Michael Leiberman, director, Civil Rights Policy Planning Center, Anti-Defamation League; and Jay Michaelson, Religious Liberty Fellow at Political Research Associates.

Additional coverage can be found on the U.S. Catholic site.

Videos of the conference can be found below:

Part one:

Part two:

Part three: