Relevant Web Links

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP-Religious Institutions Group – Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie specializes in advising religious institutions and advocating on their behalf. This link describes RJ&L’s religious institutions legal practice.

Alliance Defending Freedom – The Alliance Defending Freedom is a Christian legal organization that works to protect and defend traditional family values, religious freedom, and the sanctity of human life.

American Center for Law and Justice – The American Center for Law and Justice is a public interest law firm committed to ensuring the ongoing viability of constitutional freedoms in accordance with principles of justice as outlined in scripture.

Baptist Joint Committee – A coalition of Baptist organizations committed to defending religious liberty and the separation of church and state.

Becket Fund – The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is a bipartisan, ecumenical, public-interest law firm that protects the free expression of all religious traditions.

The Catholic University of America: Office of General Counsel – This website is intended to provide the Catholic University of America community and other interested parties information about legal issues and topics of interests to institutions of higher education.

The Center for Religious Freedom—A Division of the Hudson Institute – The Center for Religious Freedom joined Hudson Institute in January 2007, following a ten-year affiliation with Freedom House. The Center aims to defend against religious persecution of all groups throughout the world.

Christian Legal Society – The Christian Legal Society is a national non-denominational legal advocacy group attorneys, judges, law professors and law students, working in association with others, to do justice with the love of God.

J.M. Dawson Institute of Church State Studies at Baylor University – The J.M. Dawson Institute of Church State Studies seeks to stimulate academic interest and encourage research and publication in the broad area of church-state relations. This site contains texts of many historical documents relevant to religious liberty in Western history.

Early Virginia Religious Petitions collections by the Library of Congress – As a collaborative project between the Library of Congress and the Library of Virginia, the Early Virginia Religious Petitions presents images of 423 petitions submitted to the Virginia legislature between 1774 and 1802 from more than eighty counties and cities. The petitions concern such topics as the historic debate over the separation of church and state championed by James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, the rights of dissenters such as Quakers and Baptists, the sale and division of property in the established church, and the dissolution of unpopular vestries. The collection provides searchable access to the petitions’ places of origin and a brief summary of each petition’s contents, as well as summaries of an additional seventy-four petitions that are no longer extant.

Ethics and Public Policy Institute – The Ethics and Public Policy Institute seeks to clarify and reinforce the bond between the Judeo-Christian moral tradition and the public debate over domestic and foreign policy issues.

First Amendment Center – Operated by the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, this site features comprehensive research coverage of key First Amendment issues and topics, a unique First Amendment Library and guest analyses by respected legal specialists.

Home School Legal Defense Association – The HSLDA is a non-profit, membership organization of families who home school their children nationwide. It seeks to advance the fundamental, God-given, constitutional right of parents and guardians to direct the education of their children.

The Institute on Religion and Public Policy – The Institute on Religion and Public Policy is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank and advocacy organization dedicated to the research and encouragement of cooperation between religion, ethics and morality and government, politics, and policy in both the domestic and foreign arenas.

Internal Revenue Service (Tax Information for Churches and Religious Organizations) – The Internal Revenue Service website provides resources to help churches and religious organizations to comply with tax rules.

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

Liberty Magazine – A magazine of religious freedom.

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

Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life – The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. The Forum delivers timely, impartial information to national opinion leaders, including federal government officials, journalists, policy analysts and national advocacy organizations.

Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act – This site has much helpful information re RLUIPA, a federal statute passed in 2000 to protect religious freedom in the land-use and prison contexts.

Religious Organizations and the Law – a Westlaw publication offering comprehensive analysis of the laws, decisions, statutes, ordinances, and regulations affecting the operation of religious entities.

The Roundatable on Religion and Social Welfare Policy – Supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, the Roundtable was created “to engage and inform policy makers, religious and civic leaders about the role of faith-based organizations in our social welfare system by means of nonpartisan, evidence-based discussions on the potential and pitfalls of such involvement.”

The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom is an independent, bipartisan U.S. government agency that was created by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to monitor the status of freedom of thought, conscience, and religion or belief abroad, as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and related international instruments, and to give independent policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and the Congress.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Political Activity Guidelines – This document from the USCCB’s Office of General Counsel discusses the limitations on political activity for churches and other section 501(c)(3) entities.

United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division – The USDOJ Civil Rights Division website provides: “Religious Freedom in Focus,” a periodic email update about the Civil Rights Division’s religious liberty and religious discrimination cases.

United States Department of Justice, The First Freedom Project – This U.S. Department of Justice website supports the USDOJ’s initiative, launched in 2007, to preserve and promote religious liberty, entitled The First Freedom Project. The website offers information regarding Federal laws protecting religious freedom, recent cases and efforts by the USDOJ to enforce these laws, educational information and opportunities offered by the USDOJ regarding religious liberty issues, and directions for contacting the USDOJ to seek its involvement in a religious discrimination matter.

The United States Department of States Office of International Religious Freedom – The Office of International Religious Freedom in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State, has the mission of promoting religious freedom as a core objective of U.S. foreign policy.