International Religious Liberty Association

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International Religious Liberty Association
Abbreviation IRLA
Formation 1893
Type Non-Government Organization
Purpose Religious Liberty
Headquarters 12501 Old Columbia Pike,
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Region served
Secretary General
John Graz

The International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA) is a non-sectarian and non-political organization promoting religious freedom. It was originally organized by the Seventh-day Adventist Church leaders in 1893 to campaign for religious freedom for all when the danger of restrictions from blue laws became apparent. Its headquarters are in Silver Spring, Maryland in the United States.[1]

Mission statement[edit]

The IRLA's mission statement says: "The International Religious Liberty Association will disseminate the principles of religious liberty throughout the world; defend and safeguard the civil right of all people to worship or not to worship, to adopt a religion or belief of their choice, to manifest their religious convictions in observance, promulgation, and teaching, subject only to the respect for the equivalent rights of others; support the right of religious organizations to operate freely in every country by their establishing and owning charitable or educational institutions; and organize local, regional, and national chapters as well as seminars, and congresses."


See also[edit]


  1. ^ About Us. International Religious Liberty Association. Retrieved 2009-08-21

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°3′40″N 76°57′58″W / 39.06111°N 76.96611°W / 39.06111; -76.96611