Everyone has the right to freedom of thought,
conscience, and religion
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Young Muslim women stand hand-in-hand in front of Oslo Synagogue during “Ring of Peace” vigil, Feb 21, 2015. The vigil was organized by Muslim youth in solidarity with Norway’s Jewish community following anti-Jewish attacks in Denmark and other parts of Europe. Photo by Ryan Rodrick Beiler
Equiping leaders to advance freedom of religion or belief worldwide
To expand the freedom of religion or belief around the globe, we need a new generation of leaders.
These leaders must come from diverse backgrounds, because those who are closest to the various problems are best able to implement solutions.
But being a freedom fighter is lonely, difficult, and dangerous.
The First Freedom Foundation serves as a backbone of support by identifying, training, and connecting these emerging leaders as they work to secure freedom of religion or belief, the foundation of all freedoms.
The First Freedom Foundation is a new kind of organization; an organization to support other organizations. We identify leaders and potential leaders around the globe and help them by:
- Incubating new organizations in targeted countries where there is potential for progress, but gaps in current efforts,
- Accelerating already successful organizations to increase their impact, and
- Facilitating collaboration between leaders across the religious freedom space to support one another and share best practices, thus building a global community of religious freedom advocates.
The First Freedom Foundation provides the training, capital, and support change agents need to truly make a difference in their countries. By not seeking credit, nor trying to control, the First Freedom Foundation can truly empower a global movement.
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“It is imperative that those of us who believe in God and in the reality of right and wrong unite more effectively to protect our religious freedom”
“In the coming years, interreligious coalitions formed to defend the rights of conscience for individuals and for religious institutions should become a vital bulwark against the tide of forces at work in our government and society to reduce religion to a purely private reality. At stake is whether or not the religious voice will maintain its right to be heard in the public square.”
“Religion is the most fragile of all freedoms. And that’s because it is the most threatening to those in power.”