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Religion and Civil Society

Religious Liberty

Why Does Religious Freedom Matter?

From the earliest settlements of the 17th century to the great social reform causes led by religious congregations in the 19th and 20th centuries, religion has been a dominant theme of American life. Read More.

Shifting Culture War: Rising Threats to Conscience

Today, religious liberty issues are more complicated than simply freedom from government interference in religious worship or teaching. Read More.

Protecting Religious Staffing: A Wise and Just Policy

Religious staffing by religious organizations is an established position in federal law that deserves continued support. Allowing for religious staffing advance several important public interests and deserve legal protections. Read More.

The American model of religious liberty takes a positive view of religious practice, both private and public. Attempts to relegate religion to private life threaten religious freedom. Religious individuals and institutions should be free to exercise their religious belief in private as well as engage publicly on the basis of their faith.


Experts on Religious Liberty

  • Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D. img Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D.

    William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy

  • Jennifer A. Marshall img Jennifer A. Marshall

    Vice President for the Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity, and the Joseph C. and Elizabeth A. Anderlik Fellow