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Gregory W. Hamilton is President of the Northwest Religious Liberty Association (NRLA). Established in 1906, the Northwest Religious Liberty Association is a non-partisan government relations and legal mediation services program that champions religious freedom and human rights for all people and institutions of faith in the legislative, civic, academic, interfaith and corporate arenas in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Mr. Hamilton wrote the seminal work, "Sandra Day O'Connor's Judicial Philosophy on the Role of Religion in Public Life," published in 1998 by Baylor University. From time to time, Greg publishes Liberty Express, a journal dedicated to special printed issues of interest on America's constitutional founding, church history and its developmental impact on today's church-state debates, and current constitutional and foreign policy trends. He is available to speak in North America and internationally about these subjects and related issues. To become familiar with the Northwest Religious Liberty Association, please visit


The Political Seeds of USCIRF’s Premature Demise

December, 2011

What few understand is the domestic and administrative (i.e., political "behind the scenes") reasons why USCIRF remains vitally necessary. It is necessary to provide a balancing perspective to the often competing approaches to U.S. international religious freedom policy put forward by the U.S. State Department and USCIRF.

Prevailing Wisdom of Common Sense

March, 2011

The High Court's free speech protection ruling in Snyder v. Phelps was indicative of the fact that the prevailing wisdom of collective common sense is alive and well. But by default it also serves as a warning to any individual or group who would test the limits of future common sense rulings.

Clash of Civilizations

February, 2011

Your ordinary citizens, including your secularists and liberals in Egypt, which represent the majority of the country, tend to be far more supportive of the Coptic Christians than they do the Muslim Brotherhood.


​The 25-Year Legacy of the Northwest Religious Liberty Association

July, 2016

This year the Northwest Religious Liberty Association (NRLA) will be celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary since it was rechartered in 1991.

Public Advocacy

July, 2016

The 25-year legacy of the Northwest Religious Liberty Association.

True Champion of Religious Freedom

March, 2016

A tribute to John V. Stevens.

First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty - The Film

April, 2013

The film represents a masterpiece of the blended, nuanced views on how our country’s constitutional Founders separated the supervisory and regulatory power of the state from the church, and the manipulating and coercive power of the church from the state.

Merely Tolerable

March, 2012

Thomas Jefferson, in an unsent letter from Monticello, dated September 27, 1809, to a James Fishback that addressed his own views on the proper roles of...

An Olive Branch Doctrine

July, 2011

In the midst of an astonishing Twitter and Facebook revolution1 that has unleashed a frantic generational demand for democracy and regime change in many...

The Black-Robed Regiment

January, 2011

Glenn Beck made quite an impact with his Washington rally this year. It led many to comment that he seemed to be positioning himself as a leader of the...

Religious Pluralism and America’s Christian Nation Debate

September, 2007

The constitutional system of the United States of America remains the envy of much of the outside world, despite the growing unrest of our European...

The Revolution of 1800

March, 2001

In his first inaugural address President Thomas Jefferson skillfully reflected on the need for Americans to be vigilant in preserving freedom of religious and political expression.

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