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Our Mission

The mission of the Foundation of International Freedom (FoIF) is to preserve and expand the core values of Western civilization. These values include the respect for the individual rights of all people, freedoms of speech, press (and Internet), religion, separation of church and state, education, an independent judiciary, representative government, the right own property and racial and gender equality.
      
Historic Foundation 

The basic freedoms which are described in the mission statement of the Foundation of International Freedom were listed in the first ten Amendments to the United States Constitution, commonly called the Bill of Rights which was enacted on December 15, 1791. The Bill of Rights is a series of limitations on the power of the U.S. federal government, protecting the natural rights of liberty and property including freedom of religion, freedom of speech, a free press, free assembly, and free association, as well as the right to keep and bear arms.

In addition, the 10th Amendment to the Bill of Rights reserves for the people any rights not specifically mentioned in the Constitution and reserves all powers not specifically granted to the federal government to the people or the States. Most of these restrictions on the federal government were later applied to the states by a series of legal decisions applying the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which was ratified in 1868.

The Foundation considers these rights, and the others enumerated above, as the core values of Western civilization. The authors of the United States Constitution were influenced by the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights, the English Bill of Rights 1689, works of the Age of Enlightenment pertaining to natural rights, and earlier English political documents such as Magna Carta (1215).

The social values of racial and gender equality and separation of church and state can be construed to be implicit in the individual rights set forth in the First Amendment, but are of particular importance in the clash of civilizations which is the source of the major conflicts in the world today.