International Association for Religious Freedom
US Chapter

We are the US chapter of this organization of religious bodies from around the world, striving for understanding and mutual respect, and thus toward world peace.

US Chapter Deplores Harassment of Asian-Americans

The US Chapter of the IARF is greatly distressed by the harassment of and, worse, attacks on Asian-Americans and other Asians in the US that have arisen in reaction to the Covid-19 pandemic. New diseases arise from time to time, and “blame” is not appropriate. The fact that COVID-19 was first detected in Wuhan, China, has led to Asian-Americans being stereotyped as infected with the virus, and this racist assumption hurts Asian-American communities all over the country. To blame or try to avoid Asian-Americans in the US makes no sense at all. To harm them is appalling. We especially condemn those campaigning for high office by blaming the Chinese for the pandemic.

The US chapter of the IARF is compelled to denounce anti-Asian bias and racial intolerance. We must stop it from becoming normalized. Current attacks against Asian Americans simply stoke inter-community animus and recall the past racially-motivated prejudice that has left a stain in our country's past history and present story. Clearly, the values of the IARF lead us not to speak ill of others, nor act in ways to harm, but rather to offer help to those who are at risk, while maintaining our own safety, and to speak up for respect for all.

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Our US Board

Board members live across the US and meet by video conference.

Betsy Darr


Retired religious educator with long interest in multi-faith encounters.

Dr. Janice Marie Johnson

New York

Committed to making multiculturalism real, her maxim is "Let us build together."

Stephen Schwichow

San Francisco

For Stephen, it is all about accepting each other because of, not in spite of, our differences.

John L. Young

San Francisco

Retired minister with deep interest in non-violence, and former chair of this chapter.

Julia Zubiago

Somerville, MA

Recently received an MPH from Tufts, interested in the junction of religion and health. 


Doris Hunter

Celine Ibrahim
Ahbi Janamanchi
Roy Kaplan
Bruce Knotts
Kathy Matsui
Nyla McCulloch
Peter Richardson

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