Rabbi Meir Soloveichik to Serve on Rubio’s Religious Liberty Advisory Board

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio on Wednesday the formation of Marco Rubio’s Religious Liberty Advisory Board to seek guidance from faith leaders across the country who are dedicated to defending it as he seeks the presidency.

Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, Rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel and Director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University, is among the names of prominent leaders appointed to the Republican presidential hopeful’s counsel.

Rabbi Soloveichik delivered the invocation at the opening session of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. At the convention the Rabbi was approached by the wife of Congressman Walker, who was given the impression that he’s Mayor of New York after he introduced himself as “Meir Soloveichik from New York.”

“Religious liberty is the cornerstone of the American experiment. From the beginning, our commitment to the principle that no one should ever be prevented from living according to their religious beliefs or coerced into doing something they don’t believe in has been tested,” Eric Teetsel, Rubio for President’s Director of Faith Outreach, said in a statement. “In the last few years we have seen a debate over the place of religion and faithful people in the public square arise yet again. The next president must stand up and defend the religious liberty of all citizens. Marco and our team are honored to have at our disposal the collective wisdom of America’s foremost defenders of religious liberty. This diverse group represents men and women of many faiths and perspectives, including academics, pastors, and advocates. We intend to take full advantage of their input and wisdom as Senator Rubio fights to protect American’s religious liberty in the 21st Century.”

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