1.   Fundamental Questions

Answering common questions helps provide a framework for understanding and protecting religious freedom.

What Is Religious Freedom?

What Is Religious Freedom?

Religious freedom is more than the right to believe. It includes four cornerstones protected by the First Amendment, the ability to 1) believe, 2) assemble, 3) speak and 4) exercise faith.

How Is Religious Freedom Being Threatened?

How Is Religious Freedom Being Threatened?

Freedom to live according to one’s personal and religious beliefs has long been identified as the fundamental freedom of a democracy. But religious freedom is weakening. Learn about why.

What Can I Do to Protect Religious Freedom?

What Can I Do to Protect Religious Freedom?

Our fundamental freedoms will only be preserved if we protect them. “As citizens, we are all responsible to safeguard religious freedom for ourselves and children.”

2.   Two Religious Protections

The First Amendment contains two key clauses that help protect religious freedom.

Balancing Separation of Church & State

Balancing Separation of Church & State

The first amendment prohibits Congress from making a law “respecting an establishment of religion.” Learn about the proper role of government & why balancing the interplay of church & state is important.

Free Exercise & Religious Exemptions

Free Exercise & Religious Exemptions

Congress cannot prohibit “the free exercise” of religious freedom. Religious exemptions are one common method utilized to help protect religious minorities.

3.   Underlying Principles

Understanding basic principles assists us in solving complex problems.

The Paradox of Religious Freedom

The Paradox of Religious Freedom

The irony of religious freedom is that it requires some willingness to compromise, express empathy and work with those that have differing views.

The Fundamentals of Human Rights

The Fundamentals of Human Rights

If we want to protect human rights, we must first understand what human rights are and where they come from.

4.   Key Documents

Learn about key documents designed to establish and protect religious freedom.

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