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Can’t make it to D.C. for the Summit for Religious Freedom? Join us online!

  Can’t make it to D.C. for the Summit for Religious Freedom? Join us online!

The Summit for Religious Freedom (SRF) is fast approaching. Hundreds of activists will gather in Washington, D.C., April 13-16, but if you can’t make it to the nation’s capital, you can still participate in an impressive virtual program of live, curated sessions from the comfort of your home, local coffee shop or anywhere with an internet connection. The live virtual program occurs April 14-15.

Furthermore, in the weeks following SRF, anyone who registers for both the virtual and in-person SRF will also receive links to recordings of almost all the keynotes and seminars listed in the program regardless of whether they were live-streamed.

SRF programming that’s available virtually includes:

  • U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, will join AU President and CEO Rachel Laser and Wajahat Ali of the Western States Center for a powerful keynote panel on how Christian Nationalism intersected with the Jan. 6 insurrection. They will also discuss the role that church-state separation plays in protecting religious freedom and our democracy.
  • Journalist and LGBTQ+ rights activist Erin Reed will be joined by AU Director of Digital Communications Amy Couch and Clarke Wheeler from the National Women’s Law Center to shed light on how the growing number of coordinated attacks against the LGBTQ+ community, especially on those who are transgender, connects to other church-state issues like abortion access and birth control.
  • Author, historian and professor Dr. Anthea Butler, AU’s VP of Strategic Communications Andrew L. Seidel and Alison Gill from American Atheists will shine a spotlight on how Christian Nationalism connects to numerous other issues, why racism underpins this harmful ideology, and what we can do to fight back against opponents of true religious freedom.
  • A panel titled “Will it be Preaching or Teaching Religion in the Post-Kennedy Era?” will feature Tim Hall from Religion Matters, Sinthia Shabnam from the Islamic Association of Raleigh and author Linda K. Wertheimer. Together, they will explore how the 2022 Supreme Court ruling on a praying football coach upended the landscape of school prayer and religion in public schools.
  • “The State of U.S. Democracy and Emerging Threats: Project 2025” seminar by Meg Uzzell, strategic initiatives and external affairs director at Democracy Forward, will explore the election-year machinations of a Shadow Network of Christian Nationalist organizations and their political allies who are attempting to cement power and subvert our democracy.
  • The panel “How the Courts Have Undermined Public Education and Religious Freedom” will feature litigation and policy experts, including Samantha Sokol and Alex Luchenitser from Americans United and Linh Dang from the National Education Association. They will cover how recent education-related court decisions have impacted public schools and students across the nation and harmed the religious freedom of students and families.
  • The panel “Past, Present and Upcoming Battles Over Health Mandates and Religious Accommodations” will include Zach Pekelis and Erica Coray of the Pacifica Law Group. They will examine the law governing religious exemptions from public health requirements and the impact these cases have on the future of religious exceptionalism in law and society.

There’s never been a more important time for us to come together and learn, share, and advocate with one voice for religious freedom, church-state separation, and the issues that depend on them. Register now to join us virtually at SRF!

P.S. If you decide you’re up for a last-minute trip to Washington, D.C., there are a handful of in-person slots left at the Summit for Religious Freedom – register here.


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The Do No Harm Act will help ensure that our laws are a shield to protect religious freedom and not used as a sword to harm others by undermining civil rights laws and denying access to health care.

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