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1,600 Christians Will Gather in Des Moines, Iowa for National Religious Liberties Conference, Nov. 6-7

Contact: Blair Watkinson, 720-778-1517, media@freedom2015.org; www.Freedom2015.org

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 29, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- Over 1,600 Christians around the country are gathering for a National Religious Liberties Conference, Freedom 2015, November 6th-7th at the Iowa Events Center. The conference speakers and attendees will celebrate the freedoms God has bestowed on our country, encourage those who have been persecuted or those who may experience persecution in the future and develop strategies for defending religious liberties for Christian business owners, teachers, evangelists, chaplains, employees and churches. The conference is sponsored by over a dozen evangelical organizations including American Family Association, Liberty Institute, Samaritan Ministries and Generations.

This past year has seen increasing persecution for Christians standing on the principles of faith around the world in Iran, Pakistan, Syria, China, Ireland, Canada, and at home in states such as Kentucky, Colorado, Oregon, Iowa and Arkansas. Kevin Swanson, Director of Generations and Freedom 2015 organizer, said "Over the past few years, we've seen a marked erosion of the religious liberties that were the bedrock of the founding of our country. We're inviting Christians to be equipped for the uncertain future while celebrating the liberties God has provided our nation over the centuries."

Speakers will include:

  • Presidential Candidates Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Mike Huckabee and Governor Bobby Jindal
  • Persecuted Christians David and Jason Benham, Naghmeh Abedini, Richard & Betty Odgaard, SMSgt Phillip Monk, Aaron & Melissa Klein and Randy Pfaff
  • Religious freedom advocates Kelly Schackelford, Rafael Cruz, James Lansberry, Brigadier General Douglas Lee, USA (ret), Bob Vander Plaats, Bradley Pierce and Chuck Hurley

The conference will address religious liberty in the military, medical care, parenting, education and the workplace. Conference speakers will also highlight the history of religious liberties and religious persecution.

The clear ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, Obergefell v. Hodges and other cases is that religious organizations and individuals have the right to hold to their own convictions in both private life and the public square. Despite these rulings, Christian business owners, employees and churches remain under attack while living according to their convictions and rights guaranteed by the Constitution. "We want to encourage Christians in their homes, churches and workplaces by helping them understand the freedoms that are theirs by the grace of God and by the law of the land," explained Swanson.

Conference registration and live streaming of Freedom 2015 is available at www.Freedom2015.org. Contact Blair Watkinson for more information: 720-778-1517 or media@freedom2015.org.