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Mission

The Coalition for Liberty & Justice is a broad alliance of faith-based, secular and other organizations that works to ensure that public policy protects the religious liberty of individuals of all faiths and no faith and to oppose public policies that impose one religious viewpoint on all.

Co-Conveners
Catholics for Choice
National Council of Jewish Women


Liberty and Justice for All

A new short film from the Coalition for Liberty & Justice shows what happens when religious extremists in the US use religion as a license to discriminate against hospital staff, teachers and other workers who do not conform to the extremists’ views of what is acceptable. This discrimination takes place using your tax dollars. Read more.



May 28, 2014: Hobby Lobby Is Just the Tip of the Iceberg. What Should We Expect?

Members of the Coalition for Liberty & Justice convened a press conference to discuss the forthcoming Supreme Court decision on cases brought by Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties. These cases are not just about the Affordable Care Act or exemptions for birth control coverage—they represent a fundamental, national divide about the true definition of religious liberty. A recording of the press conference, featuring Meghan Smith  from Catholics for Choice; Rev. Barry Lynn from Americans United for Separation of Church and State; Stacey Long from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Julianna Gonen from the Center for Reproductive Rights; and Terry O’Neill from the National Organization for Women, is available here.

Listen to a recording of the press conference.

Read Forbes coverage of the teleconference.


On February 7, 2014 in Washington, DC, the Coalition for Liberty & Justice convened a forum featuring legal and political experts, religious and community leaders, grassroots organizers and advocates for religious freedom and against discrimination.

Learn more about the event.

Watch a recording of the forum.


Values

  • We support the separation of religion and state and believe that public policy should not impose or privilege any religious viewpoint.
  • We support religious liberty and the ability to exercise one’s rights based on conscience, moral codes and beliefs.
  • We support public policies that both respect religious liberty and protect against the use of religious beliefs or traditions to discriminate or undermine equality.
  • We advance religious liberty and justice that respects individuals, supports the common good and reflects the foundational principles of our nation.

Resources

Africa Calling

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops and its ultraconservative allies have been especially vocal in claiming that religious liberty is under threat. But a cursory examination of their arguments shows that they do not stand up to any scrutiny. In this issue of Conscience, we have a report on the recent CLJ forum and include articles by several CLJ members who take a long, hard look at what’s at stake in the ongoing debate over real religious freedom. Read the entire issue here.


CLJ member organizations submitted joint comments to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Labor in response to the August 2014 call for public comments on the notice of proposed rulemaking and interim final rule regarding contraceptive coverage regulations. In these official comments on regulatory action, coalition members requested that any regulation regarding coverage requirements for non-profit organizations or for-profit organizations ensure respect for the religious liberty rights of workers and their dependents as well.

On March 25, 2014, Coalition members urged the Supreme Court to affirm real religious liberty as it heard oral arguments in the cases brought against the Affordable Care Act by Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp.  

In “Towards a Truly ‘Civil’ Society,” Sara Hutchinson of Catholics for Choice and Sammie Moshenberg of the National Council of Jewish Women explain why their organizations set up the Coalition for Liberty & Justice.

During a forum on August 21, 2013, “Defending Real Religious Liberty for All,” experts from the Coalition for Liberty & Justice and allies from the international community met to discuss the current state of church/state separation in light of the US State Department’s announcement of the creation of the Office of Faith-Based Community Initiatives, as well as the ongoing litigation over federal contraceptive coverage requirements. Listen to podcasts from this event here.

 


Members

Abortion Care Network
Advocates for Youth
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
American Humanist Association
Americans for Religious Liberty
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
      (ARHP)

B’nai B’rith International
Call To Action
Compassion & Choices
Center for Inquiry
Center for Reproductive Rights
Coalition of Labor Union Women
Concerned Clergy for Choice
CORPUS
DignityUSA
Equally Blessed
Faith Aloud
Gay Men's Health Crisis
GetEQUAL
Hadassah, The Women's Zionist Organization of
      America

Human Rights Campaign
Ibis Reproductive Health
Institute for Science and Human Values
Integrity USA
Interfaith Alliance
Jewish Reconstructionist Federation
Jewish Women International
Keshet
Law Students for Reproductive Justice



Medical Students for Choice
MergerWatch
Methodist Federation for Social Action
Metropolitan Community Churches
Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers

Muslims for Progressive Values
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Council of Women's Organizations
National Latina Institute for Reproductive HealthNational LGBTQ Task Force
National Organization for Women
National Women's Health Network
Nehirim
New Ways Ministry
Nursing Students for Choice
Political Research Associates
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Religious Institute
Reproductive Health Technologies Project
Republicans for Choice
Secular Coalition for America
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the
     U.S. (SIECUS)

Society for Humanistic Judaism
United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness
     Ministries

Women of Reform Judaism
Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual
Women's League for Conservative Judaism
Women's Ordination Conference

For more information on the Coalition for Liberty and Justice, please contact CLJ@catholicsforchoice.org