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J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies, Baylor University
- Site focused on church-state relations in the United States and around the world. Back issues of the Institute's "Journal of Church and State" are available for browsing. Also contains a comprehensive list of links to online resources, including primary source material.



Advocates International - Justice with Compassion
World-wide non-profit organization based in Fairfax, Virginia that deals with issues of religious freedom around the world.

Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights
Fights anti-Catholicism and is the U.S.'s largest Catholic civil rights organization. Web site contains articles on conflicts between government and the Catholic Church and/or individual Catholics.

Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty
CHILD is a nonprofit US organization fighting religion-based medical neglect. Includes case histories of children who died after receiving faith-based healing instead of medical care, examples of religious exemptions to public-health regulations, and legal news.

Church, State, Rock and Roll
A monthly update on state and federal litigation concerning the First Amendment's religion clauses.

Church vs State and Faith Based Initiatives
Debate how you feel about your First Amendment rights, about school prayer and your taxes going towards religious groups. Do you believe First Amendment had the effect of forbidding anyone from using the government to pass sectarian legislation? Will this open the door for condonation of a particular religion's exclusionary beliefs at the expense of those that are inclusive? Speak up! (no registration - no codes - just opinions)

Church-State Academic Papers
Political science papers dealing with the relationship of church and state, and religious liberty.

Doctrinal Errors of Dignitatis Humanae, The
A group of self-described traditional Catholics take issue with the Second Vatican Council's teachings on religious freedom.

Earth Religions Assistance Pages
Index of resources for practitioners of Earth Religions who are experiencing religious discrimination.

First Amendment Religion: The Intent of Our Founding Fathers
A paper that discusses and analyzes the thoughts of the founding fathers upon drafting the First Amendment's freedom of religion.

Godless Americans March On Washington
A march and rally in Washington DC for non-believers worried about the US becoming more of a theocratic state.

International Coalition for Religious Freedom
A non-profit, non-sectarian, educational organization dedicated to defending the religious freedom of all, regardless of creed, gender or ethnic origin.

Lady Liberty League
A national and global referral and information exchange network of Pagan religious freedom activists.

National Committee For Amish Religious Freedom
Founded in 1967 at the University of Chicago for the purpose of preserving the religious liberty of the Old Order Amish (and related Anabaptist groups, including Mennonites) -- and hence religious liberty for all.

Nonbeliever Antidiscrimination Project
Discusses theistic oaths for public office holders, mandated participation in religious substance abuse programs, Boy Scouts of America policy mandating theistic oath and statement of religious principle, and veterans' organizations religious membership restrictions.

Religion and Politics
Interesting essay which clarifies the difference between "the question of religion and politics" and "the question of church and state".

Religion, Politics, and the State
Subtitled "Cross-Cultural Observations", an article by N.J. Demerath and Karen S. Straight in Cross Currents that discusses various religion-state models in "Eastern" and "Western" countries.

Religious Freedom in Islamic Countries. 1998 Report
Surveys freedom of religious minorities, as well as widespread harassment, torture, murder, and interference from government and police.

The Religious Liberty Archive
An extensive repository of laws, cases, news, and historical materials pertaining to religious freedom in the United States.

Witches' Voice White Pages, The
A list of legal reference documents and form letters that witches can use in their local fights for religious freedom. Includes references for Australia, Canada, the United States, and a few individual states.



csmonitor.com - 'One nation' - but under what?
Article about a United States Supreme Court case in which the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance is challenged. (March 24, 2004)

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