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“A crime committed in the name of religion is the greatest crime against religion”
Rabbi Arthur Schneier
"Live and Let Live"
"I don't want to be tolerated, I want to be accepted"
Rabbi Arthur Schneier

Who We Are

As People of Faith we must be in the forefront of countering the hate mongers in our midst who breed bias, hatred and division.

We stand together with those who respect human dignity of all of God’s children. Bound by our shared destiny to heal our wounded world, we must emerge as a united human family, seeking improvement by building peaceful co-existence and respect the other.

The Appeal of Conscience Foundation, founded by Rabbi Arthur Schneier in 1965, has worked on behalf of religious freedom and human rights throughout the world. 

To uphold the principle of “live and let live” is the Appeal of Conscience Foundation’s continuing goal. An interfaith coalition of business, religious and foreign policy leaders, this international organization promotes mutual understanding, peace and interreligious cooperation and provides a voice of conscience to protect minorities.  

The Foundation believes that freedom, democracy and human rights are the fundamental values that give nations of the world their best hope for peace, security and shared prosperity.

Recent Press

Appeal of Conscience Foundation mourns the death of His Beatitude Patriarch Irinej of Serbia
December 7, 2020

Dr. Noubar Afeyan, 2020 Appeal of Conscience Award Recipient

September 29, 2020

Appeal of Conscience Foundation Launches Respect the Other Initiative at the Respect the Other Virtual Event and 55th Anniversary Celebration – September 24.

September 24, 2020

ACF Founder and President kicks off Respect the Other Initiative

September 24, 2020
Broadway Stars Nikki Renee Daniels and Hugh Panaro join ACF in Respect The Other Campaign
September 24, 2020
Kids From Around the Country join Respect the Other Initiative and Sing We Are the World
September 24, 2020

History of the

Appeal of Conscience Foundation

In 1965 Rabbi Arthur Schneier created an innovative idea to establish a vibrant international coalition of interfaith business, religious and foreign policy leaders to uphold the principle “live and let live” and address issues pertaining to human rights, religious freedom, and mutual understanding in former Communist countries. Within the year, he engaged the early leadership of those who had a passion for world peace, civil and human rights: Honorable Francis E. Dorn, member of the 83rd United States Congress, Thurston Davis, SJ, Editor of America House; Dr. David H.C. Read, Minister of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and Dr. Harold Bosley, Senior Minister of Christ Methodist Church.