The King's College


The Founders’ Hope: Religious Freedom for All Americans

Feb 27th 201906:30 to 09:00The Princeton Club, 15 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

Please join The King’s College on Wednesday evening, February 27, for a panel discussion at the Princeton Club in Manhattan, co-sponsored by The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. REGISTER HERE.

What does the future of religious liberty in America look like? Are we entering a golden age of religious liberty or are we on the brink of severe restriction of our most fundamental rights? Who better to answer these questions than the rabbi of the oldest Jewish congregation in the U.S., a distinguished Harvard lecturer on the ecumenical Black Church, an Iranian-born Catholic convert, and the CEO of the nation’s most successful religious-liberty law firm? The speakers will share their views on the state of religious liberty in the United States and what we must do to advance our common cause.

Sohrab Ahmari, op-ed editor of the New York Post and a contributing editor of the Catholic Herald
William Mumma, CEO and Board Chairman of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
Dr. Jacqueline Rivers, lecturer at Harvard University and Executive Director of the Seymour Institute on Black Church and Policy Studies
Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik, Rabbi at Congregation Shearith Israel and Director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University

Dr. Joseph Loconte, Associate Professor of History at The King’s College and formerly the Heritage Foundation’s William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society

Becket is the preeminent law firm defending religious freedom in the United States, known for the landmark Supreme Court victories Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014); the Little Sisters of the Poor in Zubik v. Burwell (2016); and Hosanna-Tabor v. EECO (2012), named the most important religious liberty case in a half-century by the Wall Street Journal.

Event Information

6:30 PM – Reception Begins
7:30 PM – Event Begins
9:00 PM – Event Concludes

Visiting the Princeton Club
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Meet the Panel

Sohrab Ahmari, Panelist
Sohrab Ahmari is the op-ed editor of the New York Post and a contributing editor of the Catholic Herald. Previously, he served as a columnist and editor with the Wall Street Journal opinion pages in New York and London, and as senior writer at Commentary magazine. His memoir of Catholic conversion, From Fire, by Water, is out now from Ignatius Press. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Weekly Standard, First Things, Dissent and America, and many others. He has testified before the British Parliament and appears regularly on broadcast media on both sides of the Atlantic, including the BBC, Sky News, France 24, Deutsche Welle, EWTN and the Fox News Channel. Born in Tehran, Iran, he lives with his wife and son in Manhattan.

William P. Mumma, Panelist
William Mumma is CEO and Board Chairman of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He has served as a full-time volunteer in this role since 2011. He ended a 30 year career on Wall Street as CEO of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), with prior executive roles at Nomura Securities International and the Bankers Trust Company. Mr. Mumma is also currently serving as Trustee on the boards of the Witherspoon Institute, FOCUS (The Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and PRAF (Patients Rights Action Fund). He has degrees from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Columbia University Business School. Mr. Mumma lives in Summit, New Jersey with his wife Kathy, to whom he has been happily married since 1983, and has six children and ten grandchildren.

Dr. Jacqueline Rivers, Panelist
Jacqueline C. Rivers is a Doctoral Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy of the J. F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard Kennedy School, and is a Graduate Research Fellow of the National Science Foundation. She is also the Executive Director of the Seymour Institute on Black Church and Policy Studies, which seeks to create and promote a philosophical, political and theological framework for a pro-poor, pro-life, pro-family movement within the ecumenical Black Church both domestically and internationally. The key initiative of the Seymour Institute is the Program on Bioethics, Human Life and Marriage which will assert and defend the right of the church to pursue the practice of biblical faith and promote in society the sanctity of human life and the correct understanding of marriage as a conjugal partnership of husband and wife.

Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik, Panelist
Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik is Director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University and rabbi at Congregation Shearith Israel in Manhattan, the oldest Jewish congregation in America. He graduated summa cum laude from Yeshiva College, and was ordained by Yeshiva’s seminary. In 2010, he received his doctorate in religion from Princeton University. After being named the 2018 Canterbury Medalist by Becket, Rabbi Soloveichik reflected, “Religious freedom is the philosophical lynchpin of what lies at the heart of American ideals.” He has lectured throughout the United States, in Europe, and in Israel to both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences on topics relating to Jewish theology, bioethics, religious freedom, wartime ethics, and Jewish-Christian relations. His essays on these subjects have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, First Things, and The Weekly Standard.

Professor Joseph Loconte, Moderator
Dr. Joseph Loconte is an Associate Professor of History at The King’s College in New York City, where he teaches courses on Western Civilization, U.S. Foreign Policy, and International Human Rights. His previous roles include Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., chair in religion and civil society as the William E. Simon Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. Loconte has published in the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Weekly Standard,, National Review, Providence, Washington Post, and many others. He is the author of several books including the New York Times bestseller A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism in the Cataclysm of 1914-1918 (HarperCollins, 2015).

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This event is co-sponsored by The King’s College and The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.