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Religious Liberty

Freedom to believe

The Seventh-day Adventist church strongly believes in religious freedom for all people. A person’s conscience, not government, should dictate his or her choice to worship—or not.

We have advocated for these goals for more than 100 years, through our department of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty (PARL), to governments and religious and international organizations.

This advocacy takes many forms—fighting against laws that would inhibit an individual’s religious freedoms, working to obtain the release of individuals imprisoned for religious reasons and supporting the rights of individuals fired from their jobs for following their conscience, to name a few.

As the official voice of the Adventist Church on matters of religious freedom and human rights, PARL maintains offices in Washington, D.C. to allow for convenient access to the U.S. Congress; New York City, to liaise with the United Nations; and at the church’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, MD. PARL also sponsors the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA) on behalf of the Adventist Church. IRLA is a non-sectarian organization supporting religious freedom around the world.

The first organization of its kind, IRLA brings together representatives of many faiths—including Catholics, Baptists, Muslims, Jews, Mormons, Buddhists and others—to support religious liberty. PARL and IRLA promote this vital cooperation through conferences, religious liberty festivals and other events, collectively raising awareness and educating government officials around the world.

This priority is vital to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. While we are a rapidly growing denomination around the world, the church often finds itself in the religious minority, and consequently, understands the importance of ensuring that all voices be allowed to speak.

The Adventist Church believes that fighting religious oppression and defending an individual’s right to worship according to his or her conscience—regardless of that person’s religious affiliation—is in everyone’s best interest.

Human rights champion Amor was 'great defender of religious freedom'

Human rights champion Amor was 'great defender of religious freedom'

Jan 10, 2012

Religious liberty advocates are calling the death of Tunisian human rights lawyer Abdelfattah Amor a great loss for the international religious...

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Reintroduced law again jeopardizing status of some churches in Hungary

Reintroduced law again jeopardizing status of some churches in Hungary

Jan 09, 2012

The saga of securing official church status in Hungary continues, despite what religious liberty advocates called encouraging news late last year...

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Hungarian court strikes down controversial religious law

Dec 19, 2011

A controversial Law of Churches, which was set to deregister all but 14 “historic” religions in Hungary, was struck down today by the country’s...

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Church leaders meet with Hungarian ambassador on looming deregistration of churches

Church leaders meet with Hungarian ambassador on looming deregistration of churches

Dec 14, 2011

Religious liberty leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church this week met the Hungarian ambassador to the United States in an effort to help...

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Moscow conference focuses on upswing in persecution of Christians worldwide

Moscow conference focuses on upswing in persecution of Christians worldwide

Dec 08, 2011

Participants of a high-level religious freedom meeting in Moscow last week vowed to keep the plight of persecuted religious minorities in the Middle...

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Religious freedom festival in Peru receives national endorsement

Religious freedom festival in Peru receives national endorsement

Jun 15, 2009

Several of Peru's national leaders praised the country's commitment to religious freedom during a world religious liberty festival that drew some...

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