Links to Religious Liberty Resources



Organizations Signing the Consensus Statement on
Religious Liberty, Public Education, and the Future of American Democracy

General Resources

Center for Studies on New ReligionsFeatures an archive of extraordinary depth, cataloged by topic, nation and over a hundred NRMs. This is an international forum with most of the items in English.

FindLaw — Searchable Database of US Supreme Court Decisions since 1893

First Amendment Center of the Freedom Forum

International Study Consultation on Religious Freedom and the Rights of Religious Minorities – The Consultation drew participants from churches, church related organizations, academia, civil society and human rights organizations and legal professionals from 23 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas and Europe. It met from November 27 to December 2, 2011, in Istanbul, Turkey, as part of an international study consultation organized by the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs of the World Council of Churches. His All Holiness, Ecumencial Patriarch Bartholomew I, welcomed and addressed the participants. The Consultation analysed the situations of rights of religious minorities and freedom of religion in various contexts. Many of the report are available here in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf):

The Law of Church and State in America by Dean M. Kelley – An online publication of this 5-volume work completed in 1997 by the Rev. Dean M. Kelley, long-time Director for Religious and Civil Liberties of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA. This work is structured around important functions or aspects of the religious enterprise. Volume I deals with the autonomy of religious bodies, that is, their rights to manage their own internal affairs. Volume II deals with the outreach activities of religious bodies as they relate to the external world. Volume III treats of the inculcation of the faith by or on behalf of religious bodies (and a wide array of educational practices pertaining to religion in public schools). Volume IV studies the patterns of protecting the practice of the faith by the faithful in the secular world. And Volume V focuses on state shelters for religion— institutionalized provisions for “protecting” religion, such as legal exemptions (as from taxation), governmental “proprietaries” (such as chaplaincies), folk-practices of civil religion or the public cultus that become enmeshed with state action, and the perplexities of governmental efforts to define (or to avoid defining) “religion” and “church.”

Legal Information Institute – Cornell Law School sponsors this user friendly website to assist those conducting legal research in many areas of the law.

Library of Congress – A superb exhibition on American religious liberty which focuses on the colonial and constitutional periods of American history.

Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life

Religious Expression in American Public Life – A Joint Statement of Current Law – The drafters' purpose in crafting this statement is to help foster an accurate understanding of current law and improve our national dialogue on these issues. While there is disagreement among the drafters about the merits of some of the court decisions and laws mentioned in the document, the drafters agree that current law protects the rights of people to express their religious convictions and practice their faiths on government property and in public life as described in the statement. In other words, while this diverse group often disagrees about how the law should address issues regarding the intersection of religion and government, it agrees in many cases on what the law is today. More broadly, the drafters also agree that religious liberty, or freedom of conscience, is a fundamental, inalienable right for all people, religious and nonreligious, and that there is a need to correct misunderstandings about this right. The joint statement, which is formatted in a Q and A style, seeks to provide accessible and useful information for Americans about this area of law.

RJ&L Religious Liberty Archive – View Supreme Court cases and commentaries, state statutes, and important historical documents and speeches relevant to religious freedom in the United States.

RLUIPA – Prepared by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Roundtable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Office of the General Counsel

U.S. Department of Justice - Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination

U.S. Department of State - International Religious Freedom

Academic Resources

J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies (Baylor University)

ReligionLaw: Law & Religion Issues for Law Academics A listserv moderated by Eugene Volokh at UCLA - Use this link to register for the list.

Rutgers Journal of Law and Religion

Advocacy Organizations

Alliance Defending Freedom for Faith & Justice

American Center for Law and Justice

American Civil Liberties Union

ACLU Religious Liberty Section

American Jewish Congress

American Jewish Committee

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Anti-Defamation League

Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

Becket Fund for Religious Liberty

Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

Christian Legal Society

Ethics and Public Policy Institute

Family Resource Council

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network

Home School Legal Defense Association

International Association for Religious Freedom

International Coalition for Religious Freedom

Liberty Magazine

People for the American Way Foundation

Religious Action Center

Rutherford Institute

Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression

Organizations Signing the Consensus Statement on
Religious Liberty, Public Education, and the Future of American Democracy

American Academy of Religion

American Association of School Administrators

American Center for Law and Justice

American Federation of Teachers

American Jewish Committee

American Jewish Congress

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Anti-Defamation League

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

Central Conference of American Rabbis

Coalition for the Community of Reason

Council on Islamic Education

Christian Coalition

Christian Educators Association International

Christian Legal Society

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Department of Education of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

First Amendment Center

General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Islamic Society of North America

National Association of Elementary School Principals

National Association of Evangelicals

National Association of Secondary School Principals

National Conference for Community and Justice

National Council for the Social Studies

National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA

National Education Association

National PTA

National School Boards Association

People for the American Way

Phi Delta Kappa

Union of American Hebrew Congregations

Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America



Organizations Signing the Consensus Statement on
Religious Liberty, Public Education, and the Future of American Democracy


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