American Civil Liberties Union —
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) protects the liberties
of all Americans, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities
to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed
to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the
United States. In the area of religion, the ACLU works to uphold
the religious liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The free
exercise clause of the First Amendment guarantees the right to practice
one's religion free of government interference. The establishment
clause requires the separation of church and state. Combined, they
ensure religious liberty.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a bipartisan and
ecumenical, public-interest law firm that protects the free expression
of all religious traditions. We believe freedom of religion is a
basic human right that no government may lawfully deny. Religious
expression — from all traditions — is a natural part of life in
civilized society, and religious arguments, on all sides of a question,
are a normal and healthy element in public debate. Religious people
and institutions are entitled to participate in government affairs
on an equal basis with everyone else, and should not be excluded
for professing their faith.
Consultants on Religious Tolerance —
You, and I, and everyone else have two options: to accept the right
of other people to freely follow religions that are strange to us,
without hindrance, or: To continue living in a world saturated with
religious intolerance. We will then experienced more religiously-based
wars, terrorism, and civil disturbances, as we have seen recently
in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Cyprus, India, Kosovo, Israel, Macedonia,
Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Sri
Lanka, Sudan, etc. The ultimate cause of the 9-11 terrorist attacks
was religious hatred and intolerance. It's your decision to make.
What kind of a world do you want you and your children to live in?
— A Web project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Tolerance.org
encourages people from all walks of life to "fight hate and promote
tolerance." Through our public service announcements and this Web
site, we hope to awaken you to the problem of hate and intolerance,
equip you with the best tolerance ideas and prompt you to act in
your homes, schools, businesses and communities.
World Congress of Ethnic Religions —
The purpose of the WCER is to serve as an international body that
will assist Ethnic Religious groups in various countries and will
oppose discrimination against such groups. By
Ethnic Religion, we mean religion, spirituality, and cosmology that
is firmly grounded in a particular people's traditions. The World
Congress of Ethnic Religions was established in June 1998 at the
initiative of delegates from 16 different countries (Europe, Asia,
— The Pluralism Project was developed by Diana L. Eck at Harvard
University to study and document the growing religious diversity
of the United States, with a special view to its new immigrant religious
communities. In the past thirty years, the religious landscape of
the U.S. has changed radically. There are Islamic centers and mosques,
Hindu and Buddhist temples and meditation centers in virtually every
major American city. The encounter between people of very different
religious traditions takes place in the proximity of our own cities
and neighborhoods. How Americans of all faiths begin to engage with
one another in shaping a positive pluralism is one of the most important
questions American society faces in the years ahead.
International Association for Religious Freedom
— Our vision is Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights: "Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience
and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion
or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others
and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in
teaching, practice, worship and observance."
United Religions Initiative
— Since 1996, thousands of people have shared their visions and
worked together to create the URI. It is an organization for global
good rooted in shared spiritual values. People from many different
cultures and perspectives are working to create an organization
that is inclusive, non-hierarchical and decentralized; one that
enhances cooperation, autonomy and individual opportunity. This
co-creative work offered by people of many cultures is producing
a unique organization composed of self-organizing groups which operate
locally and are connected globally. We have established the United
Religions Initiative to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation,
to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of
peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings.
States Commission on International Religious Freedom
— The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)
was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (Public
Law 105-292) to monitor religious freedom in other countries and
advise the President, the Secretary of State, and Congress on how
best to promote it. Congress passed the IRFA to promote religious
freedom as a U.S. foreign policy goal and to combat religious persecution
in other countries. The law created an Office of International Religious
Freedom in the State Department, headed by an Ambassador-at-Large.
That office is responsible for issuing a report on religious freedom
and persecution in all foreign countries by September 1 of each
year. On the basis of that report, the State Department designates
"countries of particular concern" on the basis of their "systematic,
ongoing, and egregious" violations of religious liberty. The law
identifies the wide range of diplomatic and economic tools that
the President can apply to those countries. To assist the President,
the law recommended creation of a special advisor on international
religious freedom as part of the National Security Council staff.
The law also created the Commission on International Religious Freedom
and required it to issue an annual report each May 1. The Commission
expires in May 2003.
Foundation for Religious Freedom
Educating the public on religious rights, freedoms, and responsibilities.
about Religious Discrimination
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from
discriminating against individuals because of their religion in
hiring, firing, and other terms and conditions of employment. The
Act also requires employers to reasonably accommodate the religious
practices of an employee or prospective employee, unless to do so
would create an undue hardship upon the employer.
International Coalition for Religious Freedom
International Coalition for Religious Freedom is a non-profit, non-sectarian,
educational organization dedicated to defending the religious freedom
of all, regardless of creed, gender or ethnic origin. In 1948, the
United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
which operates as an authoritative guide in the field of human rights.
The ICRF seeks to promote the vision of religious freedom found
in Article 18 of the Declaration: "Everyone has the right to
freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes
freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, alone or
in community with others, and, in public or private, to manifest
his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance."
Network of Religious Futurists
at the story of your own religion, your own denomination, and ask
how you can improve its story -- by God's grace. It's a story, a
history, which includes you who is studying it. You are not here
to make it worse; and you cannot leave it alone. You can make it
better. You can make a better future religion. Who do you admire;
whom would you imitate in your faith's story? A Pope, a Saint, a
peace activist, a healer, a reformer? "Go thou and do likewise!"
Religious futures scholarship focuses on predictable occurrences
in the future of religion, based on present observable trends, and
past trends in religion, compounded by expectations of wild cards
or quantum leaps, in the context of society's future as a whole,
ranging from science to technology. What kind of science and technology
excites you, what kind worries you? Get involved in bringing religious
values to the future of these sciences and technologies!
for Global Ethics
The Center for Global Ethics coordinates the work of thinkers, scholars
and activists from around the world, who are working to define,
implement and promote policies of responsible global citizenship.
As profoundly interconnected members of a global community, we recognize
the need to develop and advance the acceptance of a viable and sustainable
Toward a Global Ethic
Dr. Hans Kung: "We are women and men who have embraced the
precepts and practices of the world's religions: We affirm that
a common set of core values is found in the teachings of the religions,
and that these form the basis of a global ethic. We affirm that
this truth is already known, but yet to be lived in heart and action.
We affirm that there is an irrevocable, unconditional norm for all
areas of life, for families and communities, for races, nations,
and religions. There already exist ancient guidelines for human
behavior which are found in the teachings of the religions of the
world and which are the condition for a sustainable world order."
International Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance
Foundation was established to increase awareness of the vital importance
of religious freedom and to promote religious tolerance internationally.
It carries out projects to restore religious rights and freedoms
by uniting people and groups of faith and goodwill to defend the
rights of all religions.
International Support Tibet Network
The International Tibet Support Network (ITSN) is a network of Tibet-related
non-governmental organizations from Africa, the Americas, Asia,
Australasia and Europe. The ITSN works to maximize the effectiveness
of the international Tibet support movement. This movement is dedicated
to ending human rights violations in Tibet, and to actively supporting
the Tibetan people's right under international law to determine
their future political, economic, social, religious and cultural
Adherents.com is a growing collection of over 41,000 adherent statistics
and religious geography citations —
references to published membership/adherent statistics and congregation
statistics for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious
bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures, movements, ultimate concerns,
etc. Basically, researchers can use this site to answer such questions
as "How many Quakers live in Indiana?", "What are the major religions
of Nigeria?", or "What percentage of the world is Buddhist?" We
present data from both primary research sources such as government
census reports, statistical sampling surveys and organizational
reporting, as well as citations from secondary literature which
mention adherent statistics.
the Anti-Cult Movement
on the anti-cult movement.