Purpose, Goals and Leadership
The Religious Freedom Coalition is a non-profit organization which advocates in Washington, D.C. for the defense and preservation of America’s Christian heritage and advocates for persecuted Christians in Africa and the Middle East. By such means as direct interaction with lawmakers, letters, phone calls and petition campaigns, the Religious Freedom Coalition seeks to be the voice of social-conservative Americans who honor God and hold to our traditional values.
The Religious Freedom Coalition also advocates in Congress for assistance to and protection of persecuted Christian minorities in Africa and the Middle East. An important part of our mission is to inform the public about the persecution of Christians around the world. Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world. The 50 most dangerous nations for Christians are in the Middle East and Africa although the problem exists in Asia as well.
The Religious Freedom Coalition operates programs to assist persecuted Christians in the Middle East and Africa. See details below.
The RFC supports and advocates for laws which:
(1) As the First Amendment guarantees, allow freedom of religious expression in the form of voluntary public prayer and acknowledgment of our Creator, as well as the display of religious symbols and portions of Scripture such as the Ten Commandments. We believe that pastors, priests, and rabbis should be free to preach and teach about any portion of Scripture or moral issue without intimidation or retribution.
(2) Promote the defense of innocent human life from conception until natural death. We oppose all efforts to aid or encourage public school students to have abortions, to force taxpayers to fund abortions, to destroy embryos through medical research, or to promote assisted suicide or the intentional killing of those who are disabled or terminally ill.
(3) Acknowledge that marriage is between one man and one woman, that the family is the basic unit of society, and that parents have a God-given right to rear and educate their own children free of unwarranted government interference.
(4) Promote the dignity of the ancient church founded by the Saints which is under attack throughout the Middle East
The Religious Freedom Coalition advocates with Congress and the State Department for the rights and protection of Christians in the Middle East, in particular in areas where American foreign policy has directly led to difficulties for Christian populations.
Middle East: An unintended consequence of the Iraq War was lawlessness and destruction of civil order resulting in Christian communities being left defenseless and at the mercy of Islamic terrorists. As a result at least 80 percent of Iraq’s Christians, several hundred thousand people, fled as refugees to other nations, primarily Jordan and Syria. Those same Christian refugees who fled Iraq for Syria now find themselves under attack from the Islamist rebels supported by two Administrations.
Christians displaced in Iraq and those fleeing Iraq and Syria to Jordan and Lebanon are assisted by the Religious Freedom Coalition through associated native organizations. Currently, the Religious Freedom Coalition provides programs for displaced Christians in Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan. In 2018 programs expanded to Syria as government forces expelled the Islamic State and al-Nusra. Programs include Diapers for Refugees and Christmas for Refugees.
The Religious Freedom advocates for the recognition of the problems of Christian refugees with congressmen and Senators and promotes legislation that will aid and protect victims of genocide.
Nigeria: As persecution of Christians increases in Nigeria the Religious Freedom Coalition has begun to bring assistance to suffering Christians in that nation. The Religious Freedom Coalition has assisted an orphanage for Christian children and distributed humanitarian aid in camps for displaced persons (IDPs).
The Religious Freedom Coalition also works for the rights of Christians in the Palestinian Authority-controlled “West Bank” which includes Bethlehem. Christians are now a minority in Bethlehem and the Religious Freedom Coalition has had programs of assistance for the Christians remaining there.
Write to us at PO Box 77511, Washington, DC 20013 or use contact form
ABOUT THE RFC CHAIRMAN
William J. Murray is the chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition in Washington, DC. For more than three decades Murray has been at the forefront of social conservatism. During the early 1980’s he served as director of Freedom’s Friends, an organization which reached out to the victims of communism worldwide. In the 1990’s he founded the first commercial Bible publishing company in the Soviet Union. For many years his organizations operated evangelistic tours to the Soviet Union for Christians.
As the Soviet Union collapsed and the “stans” were released from Communist rule William Murray warned of a coming great Islamic Jihad against the secular West. On September 11th he was driving past the Pentagon on his way to a news conference supporting the Sudan Peace Act when American 77 crashed into that building. Before the end of September Murray ran ads in national newspapers pointing out that there was no distinguishable difference between the Saudi and Taliban governments.
From his office in Washington, DC, William J. Murray continues to work for the rights of Christians in America and persecuted Christians around the world. Under his guidance the Religious Freedom Coalition assists Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria as well as Palestinian Christian families and Christian schools in the West Bank. He has traveled to the Middle East and Africa numerous times. Murray has been a part of fact finding mission in such areas as Kosovo, Sudan, Morocco, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and China.
William J. Murray also directs the Christmas for Refugees and Diapers for Refugees programs. As of 2018 Christmas for Refugees operated in Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Nigeria. Diapers for Refugeesoperates in Iraq and Jordan.
William J. Murray has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC nightly news as well as various Fox News programs. He is a regular guest on numerous radio talk shows. He is the author of seven books including his best selling autobiography, My Life Without God, which details his childhood in the dysfunctional home of atheist/Marxist leader Madalyn Murray O’Hair. His latest book is Utopian Road to Hell, which examines the failures of attempts throughout history to have centrally planned economies and governments.
The Religious Freedom Coalition is a 501c3 non-profit organization. All contributions are 100% tax-deductible. Complete financial information including compensation of officers; details of program services and the current tax return of the Religious Freedom Coalition can be found at GuideStar.org
Write to William J. Murray at PO Box 77511, Washington, DC 20013 or use contact form