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Background Celebrating the Iran Deal 

Diplomacy works! And so does people-powered, pro-peace advocacy.

Act for Religious Freedom 

Hate speech and Islamophobia are fanning the flames of anti-Muslim violence across the United States. Hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S. are at an all-time high, and people of Middle Eastern descent or perceived as Muslim -- regardless of their actual religion -- are also facing persecution.

FCNL in the News Anti-Muslim Rhetoric Is a Threat to Our Democracy 

The United States has a rich history of defending and protecting its founding principle of religious freedom. Those who seek to undermine it do so with the aim of scoring cheap political points. But their demagoguery has real consequences: both for the livelihoods of millions of Americans and for democracy itself.

Update Briefing on the Israeli-Palestinian Crisis 

Hosted by FCNL and AFSC

FCNL co-hosted a briefing with AFSC on December 9, 2015 on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis and what steps Congress can do to de-escalate tensions.

Press Release FCNL Applauds Strong Opposition to Anti-Refugee Riders 

On December 7, 2015, more than eighty members of Congress joined a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan opposing anti-refugee riders in the omnibus spending bill. The letter was led by Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO), Janice Hahn (D-CA), and Scott Peters (D-CA).

Update Refugees, Faith, and Action 

How do we respond to fear with the power of Love? How do we get beyond the rhetoric and hate speech to act in a way that starts to transform us and our neighbors? How do we live our faith through action?

Update Paris, Beirut, and Syria 

The temptation to react to violence with fear and more violence is strong. The recent terror attacks in Paris and Beirut are tragic and demand a response. But a response based on fear will not lead to security or peace. A response based on fear can lead to the sacrifice of the very freedoms we cherish.

Press Release 55 Representatives Support Negotiations to End Syrian Civil War 

Fifty-five members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama supporting international negotiations to end the civil war in Syria. The letter, led by Rep. Jim Himes (CT), calls on the President to use the full authority of his office to “convene international negotiations designed to stop the civil war in Syria.”

Background Where to Go in Israel and Palestine 

Delegations, Tour Groups, and Peacebuilding Organizations

Most visits to Israel/Palestine stay on the beaten path. These suggestions can help policymakers and members of the public gain a greater understanding of the conflict, and to witness first-hand the work of Israeli and Palestinian peacebuilders to bring about a just and lasting resolution to the conflict.

Background Israel/Palestine: Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions 

FCNL’s mandate is to lobby Congress and the administration. We work specifically on federal policy to advance the world we seek. We do not take a position on BDS and its associated consumer and shareholder advocacy campaigns.

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