Center for American Progress

RELEASE: How the Biden Administration Is Advancing Religious Liberty at Home and Abroad
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RELEASE: How the Biden Administration Is Advancing Religious Liberty at Home and Abroad

Washington, D.C. — The Biden administration has charted a new course on religious liberty, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress that highlights how the White House is preserving the separation of church and state, assuring the rights and safety of religious minorities and the nonreligious, and rejecting attempts by the previous administration to reinterpret religious liberty as a license to discriminate.

The report details seven steps the Biden administration has taken in the past year:

  1. Halting discrimination on the basis of religion in the U.S. immigration system
  2. Expanding civil rights protections on the basis of religion
  3. Resetting federal regulations to respect religious liberty
  4. Structuring the administration’s religious affairs functions appropriately with religiously diverse leaders
  5. Protecting sacred lands for Indigenous communities
  6. Fighting white supremacist violence and enacting hate crimes legislation
  7. Advancing international religious freedom as part of the interdependent human rights framework

“From rescinding the Muslim ban to fighting white supremacist violence, the Biden administration has gone a long way in recommitting the government to upholding the essential tenets of democracy and promoting policies that advance religious liberty for all,” said Maggie Siddiqi, co-author of the report and senior director of the Religion and Faith team at CAP.

Read the report: “7 Ways the Biden Administration Advanced Religious Liberty During Its First Year” by Maggie Siddiqi, Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, and Lucía Falcón Palomar

For more information or to speak with an expert, please contact Sam Hananel at shananel@americanprogress.org.