U.S. Signature on Arms Trade Treaty

August 19, 2013 ...

Dear Mr. President: We congratulate your Administration for helping to successfully conclude negotiations for an effective global Arms Trade Treaty earlier this year. The U.S. decision to join other leading supporters of the ATT helped overcome the consensus-blocking actions of three states and was critical to securing the overwhelming support for the treaty at the …

Unjust Prison Phone Rates

August 8, 2013 ...

The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) represents 40 denominations with more than 45,000 congregations, many of which are involved in serving prisoners and their families. A recent NAE survey found that 95 percent of our evangelical leaders have visited a prison, and many have overseen ongoing prison ministries. In the biblical creation account the family …

Support for Smarter Sentencing Act

August 1, 2013 ...

Dear Senators Durbin and Lee: As a diverse group of faith-based organizations, we are writing to voice our support for the Smarter Sentencing Act (SSA), a bill that advances more effective and just criminal sentencing. The current federal prison system’s population and cost has significantly expanded over the past several decades. In 1980, the federal …

Preserve the Charitable Tax Deduction

July 24, 2013 ...

Dear Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Hatch: In light of the committee’s “blank-slate” tax reform plan, we urge you to preserve the charitable tax deduction as it currently stands. We are encouraged that many elected leaders recognize the value of the faith community and other charities, even as tough decisions must be made to address …

Standing Together for Religious Freedom

July 2, 2013 ...

Standing Together for Religious Freedom An Open Letter to All Americans We write as an informal and diverse group of religious leaders, theologians, lay practitioners and community servants. We believe the doctrines of our respective faiths require something of us beyond the walls of our churches, synagogues, temples, and other places of worship. Those faith …

Upgrade Anti-trafficking Office to Bureau Level

June 25, 2013 ...

Dear Mr. Secretary: We are writing to express our strong support for current legislation that would enhance the United States anti-trafficking policy by upgrading the State Department Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons to a State Department Bureau headed by an Assistant Secretary of State. We represent members of both the current and …

Statement on Refugee and Asylum Provisions

May 20, 2013 ...

At a time when the Senate is considering the modernization of our immigration laws, we also have the opportunity to ensure that the United States strengthens protections for those fleeing persecution, including the many Christians facing religious persecution around the world. The bipartisan Senate immigration bill being marked up this week includes several important provisions …

A Pastoral Letter about Faith, Finances and the Federal Budget

February 25, 2013 ...

Dear President Obama, Majority Leader Reid, Minority Leader McConnell, Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi: Throughout two years of budget negotiations, we and other faith leaders have urged you to maintain a Circle of Protection around effective programs focused on hungry and poor people in our country and around the world. This pastoral letter offers …

Keep Chaplain Protections in National Defense Authorization Act

December 14, 2012 ...

The Honorable John Boehner U.S. House of Representatives Washington, DC 20515 Dear Speaker Boehner, As conferees reconcile the House and Senate versions of the National Defense Authorization Act, please ask them to retain sections 536 and 537, which are included in the House bill. These sections protect the religious freedom of military chaplains and service …