Professor Thomas Farr of Georgetown University noted the increased threat since the Obergefell vs. Hodges Supreme Court decision in June 2015, and also observed that viewpoints motivated by religion are being silenced.
The video also summarized Dignitatis humanae, the Second Vatican Council's declaration on religious freedom, as well as noting Pope Francis' concern for persecuted Christians around the world.
"We have to bring not just optimism, but genuine Christian hope," says Archbishop Lori of Baltimore, head of the USCCB's Committee on Religious Liberty, which was made a permanent structure of the conference at their annual spring meeting last week.
The video closed with a montage of scenes and figures including the Selma to Montgomery March, St. John Paul II, and the collapse of the Berlin Wall.
The USCCB's Fortnight for Freedom website provides a host of prayer and practical resources on the topic of religious freedom.
The prayer resources are based in Scripture as well as the examples of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, and are available in both English and Spanish.
Among the practical resources is a brief guide to the issue, which seeks to defend and clarify the bishop's views, responding to concerns that defense of liberty is an affront to treating people "with equal dignity."
Also included are summaries of religious liberty concerns in the United States and internationally. Domestically, issues listed include the HHS mandate, the right to practice faith in business, and religious institutes' right to aid undocumented immigrants. Internationally, concerns are presented from the Central African Republic, Myanmar, and Mexico.
On May 4, the National Day of Prayer, President Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty while surrounded by faith leaders, including Cardinal Donald Wuerl of D.C. and the Little Sisters of the Poor. The order called for agencies to consider different enforcement of the mandate and looser enforcement of the Johnson Amendment. It was modified from an earlier, leaked version which critics claimed would have allowed for unjust discrimination of LGBT people.
On May 31, a draft rule providing blanket protection from the mandate was leaked.
The bishops' website does not include the Johnson Amendment among its concerns.