Pillars of Freedom

Religious Freedom Center

The Religious Freedom Center is a nonpartisan national initiative focused on educating the American public about the religious-liberty principles of the First Amendment. Reorganized in 2010 to expand on religious liberty initiatives begun by the First Amendment Center in 1994, the Religious Freedom Center has sponsored numerous public programs at the Newseum, developed partnerships with national and international organizations, and convened a broad range of religious and civil liberties groups. The Religious Freedom Center carries out the mission by educating thought leaders, promoting civil dialogue, engaging the public, transforming schools, and publishing religious liberty scholarship.



Educating Thought Leaders

Educating Thought Leaders

In partnership with leading postsecondary schools, we offer onsite and online classes that prepare religious leaders, educators, and journalists for effective and principled leadership in a religiously diverse society.

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Promoting Civil Dialogue

Promoting Civil Dialogue

We convene religiously and ideologically diverse voices from all sectors of society to engage in civil dialogue and, where possible, find common ground on public policies that serve the common good.

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Engaging the Public

Engaging the Public

Our programs feature key leaders in education, religion, government and media representing a broad range of perspectives on global and domestic issues involving religious freedom and the role of religion in public life.

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Transforming Schools

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In partnership with leading experts, we develop guidelines and strategies for creating school communities that promote the First Amendment and prepare students for ethical and engaged citizenship in a pluralistic democracy.

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Publications

Publications

We regularly work with a broad coalition to publish consensus documents endorsed by national and international organizations. We also work with leading presses to publish books on religion and public life.

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Inside the First Amendment

Column: Inside the First Amendment

Our experts publish articles about religion and public life, which are printed in over 200 US newspapers weekly. They are regularly called upon to make public commentary about religion, law, and education.

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