The Lantos Foundation proudly celebrates Religious Freedom as one of our core principles. We believe that all people must be allowed to practice and express his or her own religious view, or lack thereof, with impunity. As a Holocaust survivor, Tom Lantos knew that one's religion is integral to their being and the ability to practice that religion freely is a basic human right that must be vigilantly protected. While our work aims to protect people of all faiths, a good deal of our Religious Freedom efforts are focused on stemming the tide of anti-Semitism, particularly across the Middle East and Europe.
In 2015, the Lantos Foundation launched our signature Religious Freedom event, the Solidarity Sabbath. In its inaugural year, the Solidarity Sabbath brought together world leaders from 24 countries on a single day to express their support for the fight against anti-Semitism in Europe and North America. We envision the Solidarity Sabbath evolving each year to highlight the plights of other persecuted religions around the world.