Religious Freedom Center

Religious Freedom Center

The Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute is a nonpartisan national initiative focused on educating the American public about the religious-liberty principles of the First Amendment.

In 2010, the First Amendment Center launched a new approach in its longtime work on religious freedom. In its first two years, the project, based in Washington, D.C., has sponsored public programs at the Newseum, developed partnerships with national and international organizations, and convened religious and civil liberties groups to address religious-liberty issues of shared concern.

The initiatives of the project, directed by Charles C. Haynes, senior scholar at the First Amendment Center, include:

    • Working with religious, political and academic leaders to educate the public on the meaning and significance of religious liberty at home and abroad
    • Sponsoring public programs at the Newseum focused on the critical religious-freedom issues in the United States and the world
    • Advising Face to Faith, an innovative schools program sponsored by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation that enables students across the globe to learn from, with and about one another
    • Developing consensus guidelines on religious-liberty issues to help Americans and people of other nations address differences and avoid conflict by working toward a common vision of the common good
    • Assisting local communities and public schools in addressing controversies and divisions involving religious and ideological differences, with the aim of developing a shared understanding of the role of religion in public life

Charles C. Haynes

Charles C. Haynes

Charles C. Haynes is director of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute, and a senior scholar at the First Amendment Center.

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Media

Media

Video and audio of Religious Freedom Center events and media appearances.

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Publications

Publications

Download or order publications on matters of religious freedom.

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Freedom of Religion FAQ

Freedom of Religion FAQ

Get answers to common questions about Freedom of Religion and the First Amendment.

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