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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.

At the United Nations, Adventists Help Drive Discussion of Religious Extremism

At the United Nations, Adventists Help Drive Discussion of Religious Extremism

Feb 16, 2016

It’s not religion itself, but a corrupted understanding of religion that fuels violent extremism, said Dr. Ganoune Diop, director of Public Affairs...

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At the African Union, an Adventist Leader Speaks for Human Dignity

At the African Union, an Adventist Leader Speaks for Human Dignity

Feb 09, 2016

As heads of state for 54 African countries gathered for the 26th African Union Summit, a Seventh-day Adventist leader urged delegates to recognize...

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Appeal hearing delayed for jailed Pakistani Adventist after lawyers threatened

Appeal hearing delayed for jailed Pakistani Adventist after lawyers threatened

Feb 05, 2016

Lawyers for a Seventh-day Adventist man, currently serving a life sentence under Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws, were reportedly threatened...

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Mexican State Governor pledges support for Adventist efforts in religious liberty and social programs

Mexican State Governor pledges support for Adventist efforts in religious liberty and social programs

Feb 02, 2016

Human rights and religious freedom were the focus of a meeting last week between Ganoune Diop, the Seventh-day Adventist world church’s religious...

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Protecting Religious Freedom is "good for business," says Adventist Leader

Protecting Religious Freedom is "good for business," says Adventist Leader

Jan 21, 2016

A Seventh-day Adventist religious liberty leader is urging corporate employers to respect their employees’ religious beliefs—not just because it’s...

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Brazilian Adventists launch unique networking group for political and civic leaders

Brazilian Adventists launch unique networking group for political and civic leaders

Dec 15, 2015

An international networking association for Seventh-day Adventists in public office is expanding, with the Brazilian launch of a regional chapter of...

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