HAF Submits Testimony on State of Religious Liberty in U.S. to House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. (November 4, 2011) - The Hindu American Foundation (HAF), along with other faith-based and civil liberty groups, submitted on the record written testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, following a hearing on October 26, 2011 on the State of Religious Liberty in the United States. The testimony laid out a Hindu American perspective on religious liberty in the U.S. and provided a summary of cases where HAF has directly participated as a litigant or an amici (friend of the court).
HAF's written testimony specifically argued that “religious liberty in the United States is, on the whole, strong, however, there still remain serious concerns, especially for adherents of minority faiths and non-believers.” In particular, it described three key areas of concern for the Hindu American community: 1.) the state’s endorsement of a particular religion over others, 2.) obstacles to the free exercise of religion and difficulty obtaining government accommodations for religious practice, and 3.) religious discrimination, institutional bias, and coercion.
To download the submitted written testimony (pdf), please click here.