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.
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.
September 16, 2016: How to Make Religious Liberty Great Again
On September 16, the Coalition for Liberty & Justice held their second forum on religious liberty featuring an intersectional group of speakers on women’s rights, LGBT rights, journalism, medicine, and religion. Panel topics included the media’s responsibility in reporting about religious liberty, how religious doctrine affects the provision of medical services and how recent accommodations allow religious institutions to discriminate.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Medical Students for Choice
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 Health
National LGBTQ Task Force
National Organization for Women
National Women’s Health Network
New Ways Ministry
Nursing Students for Choice
Political Research Associates
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
Reproductive Health Access Project
Republicans for Choice
Secular Coalition for America
Secular Policy Institute
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS)
Society for Humanistic Judaism
Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation
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