Across Georgia, clergy of every creed are speaking out against so-called “Religious Freedom” bills because the U.S. Constitution already safeguards our religious freedom.

29 Baptists
32 Episcopalians
31 Jewish Rabbis
42 Methodists
53 Presbyterians


As clergy and civil rights leaders, we are concerned to hear that some elected Georgia officials continue to push a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA), a vague and broad religious exemptions bill that could result in discrimination and have many unintended consequences.

As faith leaders from diverse traditions, we believe freedom of religion is one of our most fundamental rights as Americans, but religious freedom does not give any of us the right to harm or exclude others.

We oppose this proposed legislation. First, it would put an individual’s religious beliefs ahead of the common good. Second, it could unleash a wave of costly lawsuits that will add burdens to both the courts and taxpayers alike. Third, our freedom of religion is already guaranteed and protected by the U.S. Constitution and Georgia’s State Constitution.

Fourth, a state RFRA could legalize discrimination by allowing businesses to refuse to serve customers based on religious objections. We believe that businesses that are open to the public should be open to everyone on the same terms. We strongly oppose giving for-profit corporations religious rights that could allow them to pick and choose which laws to follow and discriminate against employees based on any characteristic—from their religious practices to their sexual orientation. This principle harkens back to the civil rights movement and our nation’s core values of equality and justice.

In faith,

Rabbi Peter Berg
Rev. Gary Charles
Rev. Frank Cornelius Brown
Rev. Timothy McDonald
Rabbi Neil Sandler
Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale
Rev. Dr. Francys Johnson
Rev. Dr. James Lamkin
Rev. Pamela Driesell
Rabbi Joshua Lesser
Rev. David Lewicki
Rabbi Bradley Levenberg
Rev. Frank Broome
Rev. Jane Fahey
Rev. William Flippin, Jr.
Rev. Lloyd Kinnett
Rev. Ken Kinnett (ret)
Rabbi Ron Segal
Rev. Terry Davis
Rev. Billy Honor
Rev. Heather Chase
Rev. Dr. David Bartlett
Rabbi Judith Beiner
Rev. Joan Davis
Rev. Dr. David Gushee
Rev. Dana Hughes
Rabbi Stephen Rau
Rabbi Dr. Karen Reiss Medwed
Rabbi Analia Bortz
Rev. Dr. Reggie Dunbar II
Rev. Lee Fullerton
Rev. William Givens
Rabbi Mario Karpuj
Rev. Cameron Pennybacker
Rabbi Elana Perry
Rabbi Alexandria Shuval-Weiner
Rev. Anna Traynham
Rev. Caroline Branch
Rev. Dr. Thomas Hart
Rev. Creede Hinshaw
Rev. Roy Reynolds
Rev. Blake Traynham
Rev. Joshua Noblitt
Rev. Patricia Templeton
Pastor Mimi Walker
Rev. Kenneth Walsh
Rev. Robert V Thompson
Rev. Andy Acton
Rev. Matthew Alexander
Rev. Billy Alford
Rev. Karen Allamon
Rev. Courtney Allen
Rev. Dave Allen Grady
Rev. Jody Andrade
Rev. Lindsay Armstrong
Rev. Aqueelah As-Salaam
Rev. Dr. Margaret Aymer
Rev. Dr. Timothy Bagwell
Rabbi David Baylinson
Rev. Emily Bel
Rev. Timothy Black
Rev. Rebecca Blackwell
Rabbi Erin Boxt
Rabbi Rachael Bregman
Rev. Dr. James Brewer-Calvert
Rev. Lacey Brown
Rev. Joy Brown
Rev. Dr. Kimberleigh Buchanan
Rev. J. Thomas Buchanan
Rev. Sam Buice
Rev. Dr. Anne Burkholder
Rev. Dr. Grace Burton-Edwards
Rev. Lisa Caine
Rev. Clarke Campbell-Evans
Rev. Tina Cansler Clark
Rev. Jeff Carey
Rev. Clare Chance
Rev. Alexis Chase

Rev. Nancy Christensen
Rev. Dr. Kimberly Clayton
Rabbi Lauren Cohn
Rev. P Douglas Coil
Rev. Kate Colussy-Estes
Rev. Andy Cooke
Rev. Kevin Corcoran
Rev. Martha Courie
Rev. Curtis Crocker
Rev. Anthony Damelio
Rev. Susannah Davis
Rev. Margaret Davis
Pastor Greg Deloach
Rev. Terence Dicks
Rev. Cassandra J. Dillard
Rev. Scott Dillard
Rev. Glenn Doak
Rev. Diane Dougherty
Rev. Dr. Renee DuBose
Rev. Dr. Sarah Erickson
Rev. Alison Eskildsen
Rev. Sarah Fisher
Rev Michael Fleming
Rev. April Freeman
Rev. David Fry
Rev. Larry Fryer
Rabbi Brian Glusman
Rev. E Arlen Goff
Rabbi Pamela Gottfried
Rev. Jody Greenwood
Rev. Daniel Gulden
Rev. Daniel Gulden
Rev. Bonita Gwynn
Rev. Dr. Jason Haddox
Rev. Tom Hagood
Rev. Anna Hall
Rev. Jennifer Hansen
Rev. Erika Hardnett
Rev. Candace Hardnett
Rev. Mark Harper
Rev. Dr. Joe Harrington
Rabbi Deborah Hartman
Rev. Andrew Harwood
Rev. Dr. Bruce Havens
Rev. Morgan Hay
Rev. Britt Hester
Rev. Dr. Katy Hinman
Rev. Sharon Hodnett
Rev. Anne Hogue-Boucher
Rev. Cassandra Howe
Rev. Brent Huckaby
Rev. Michelle Hwang
Rev. Kimberly Jackson
Rev. Jeff Jackson
Rev. Dr. E. Elizabeth Johnson
Rev. Tom Johnson, Jr.
Rev. Jeff Jones
Rev. Dr. David B. Jones
Rev. Marti Keller
Rev. Patricia Kerigan
Rev. Gerald Kersey
Rev. Scott Kidd
Rev. Dr. Bernice Kirkland
Rabbi Robert Kirzner
Rev. Dr. Walker Knight
Rev. Dr. Tony Lankford
Rabbi Loren Filson Lapidus
Rev. Dr. Beth LaRocca-Pitts
Rev. Shelli Latham
Rev. Caroline Leach
Rev. Margaret Leonard
Rabbi Thomas Liebschutz
Rabbi Eric Linder
Rev. Beth Long
Rev. Trey Lyon
Rev. Lisa Majoros
Rev. Anthony Makar
Rev. Kathi Martin
Rev. Daniel Matthews, Jr.
Rev. Joseph McBrayer
Rev. Kathryn McDowell
Rabbi Lydia B. Medwin
Rev. Kimberly Miner
Rev. Marsha Mitchiner
Rev. Jimmy Moor
Rev. Dr. John Morgan
Rev. Dr. Donna Mote
Rev. Gad Mpoyo
Rev. Dr. Baron Mullis
Rev. Richard M. Nelson
Rabbi Ellen Nemhauser
Rev. Dr. Jerry Newsome
Rabbi Hillel Norry
Rev. Jill Oglesby Evans
Rev. Dr. Gaye Ortiz
Rev. Larry Owens
Rev. Dr. Jane Page
Rev. Patricia Palmer
Rev. Benno Pattison
Rev. Dr. Tara Paul
Rev. Peter Paulsen
Pastor Maressa Pendermon
Rev. Lanny Peters
Rev. (Ret.) Darrell Peterson
Rev. Michael Piazza
Rev. Susan Pinson
Rev. Dr. Ellen Francis Poisson
Rev. Derek Porter
Rev. Cynthia Prescott
Rev. Thomas Purdy
Rev. Dr. Donald Randall
Rev. Dr. James Rissler
Rev. Marilyn Roberts
Rev. Jonathan Rogers
Rev. David Rose
Rev. Dalton Rushing
Rev. Stacey Rushing
Rev. Dr. Don Saliers
Rev. Burl Salmon
Rev. Cliff Sandell
Rev. Troy Sanders
Rev. Dr. Joe Sandifer
Rabbi Scott Saulson
Rev. Liz Schellingerhoudt
Rev. Heidi Schuler
Rev. Nick Setzer
Rabbi Scott Shafrin
Rev. Beverly Shaw
Rev. Debbie Shew
Rev. Dr. Richard Short
Rev. Dale Sillik
Rev. Jonathan Smith
Rev. Rick Sosbe
Rev. Drew Stockstill
Rev. Mary Stoops
Rev. Nibs Stroupe
Rabbi Alvin Sugarman
Rev. Jan Taddeo
Rev. George Tatro
Rev. Dr. Susan Taylor
Rev. Duncan E. Teague
Rev. Byron Thomas
Rev. Jordan Thrasher
Rev. Janet Tidwell
Rev. Charles Todd
Rev. John Turlington
Rev. Paul Turner
Rev. Michael Tutterow
Rev. Melanie Vaughn-West
Rev. Peter Wallace
Rev. Sharon Waters
Rev. Dr. Theodore R. Weber
Rev. Ben Wells
Rev. Rachael Whaley Pate
Rev. Sonya Williams
Rev. Warren Williams
Rev. Jeff Wright
Rabbi Mark Zimmerman