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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.

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Korea’s Supreme Court gives historic legal victory to young Adventist student

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Proposed bill amendment raises religious freedom concerns for Adventist schools, churches

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Adventists help following government shutdown

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NAD hosts first Religious Freedom Prayer Breakfast

NAD hosts first Religious Freedom Prayer Breakfast

According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 78 percent of the world’s population is unable to worship their God in whatever way they see fit.   Today, on Religious Freedom Day (Jan. 16, 2019), local...

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Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approves student’s right to be absent from exams for religious beliefs

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In a landmark decision, members of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies’ Constitution, Justice and Citizenship Committee (CCJ) approved the Clean Bill made by the Senate to Chamber Bill 130 from 2009...

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Unprecedented numbers of migrants and refugees means new religious freedom challenges, say scholars

Unprecedented numbers of migrants and refugees means new religious freedom challenges, say scholars

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