Title

Religious Liberty: The State Church and Minority Faiths

Tuesday, November 28, 1995
2200 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
United States
Moderator(s): 
Name: 
Samuel G. Wise
Title Text: 
Director for International Policy
Witnesses: 
Name: 
Father Kishkovsky
Title: 
Ecumenical Officer
Body: 
Orthodox Church in America
Name: 
Father George Papaioannou
Title: 
Pastor
Body: 
St. George Greek Orthodox Church
Name: 
Gerard Powers
Title: 
Foreign Policy Advisor
Body: 
U.S. Catholic Conference
Name: 
Lauren Homer
Title: 
Founder
Body: 
Law and Liberty Trust
Name: 
Lee Boothby
Title: 
Vice President
Body: 
Council on Religious Freedom

Samuel G. Wise, Director for International Policy at the US Helsinki Commission, presented the second briefing in a series focusing on religious liberty in the participating states of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. This particular discussion was intended to evaluate the relationship between state churches or traditional religious and freedom of religion for minority faiths in the OSCE region through an analysis of the effects of certain historical legacies on individual states.

Witnesses testifying at the briefing – including Father Kishkovsky, Ecumenical Officer of the Orthodox Church in America; Father George Papaioannou, Pastor of St. George Greek Orthodox Church; Gerard Powers, Foreign Policy Advisor for the U.S. Catholic Conference; Lauren Homer, Founder of Law and Liberty Trust; and Lee Boothby, Vice President of the Council on Religious Freedom – focused on the issue of minority and majority in society as it relates to religion and the potential for this issue to result in conflict. The historical origins of these tensions, especially in Eastern Europe, were particularly emphasized. 

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