Democracy & Religious Freedom
2005 Winter Quarter

Related Resources

The following  are links to a diversity of  research resources on religious freedom and politics.  They include both "liberal" and "conservative and " "separationist" and "accomodationist" organizations and perspectives.  If you have any organizations or sites to add, please send an e-mail message.

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Acton Institute. The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty. http://www.acton.org/

AlterNet. "A Project of the Institute for Alternative Journalism." Provides access to a number of alternative (left-leaning) web sites. http://www.alternet.org/

American Center for Law and Justice. Jay Sekulow and the ACLJ, a legal advocacy group generally alligned with conservative evangelicalism and the Christian Coalition. http://www.aclj.org/

American Civil Liberties Union. The leading advocacy group for civil rights and first amendment issues. http://www.aclu.org/

American Communication Association. The ACA maintains an extensive site relating to the issue of religious freedom. http://cavern.uark.edu/comminfo/ www/religion.html

American Family Association. A conservative watchdog organization that monitors morality in the media and culture. http://www.afa.net

American Jewish Committee. A leading Jewish civil rights and advocacy group. http://www.ajc.org/

American Vision. A conservative, Reformed (Protestant) ministry affiliated with Gary DeMar that "provides materials to help Christians develop a Biblical worldview." DeMar supports the "Christian America" thesis and he is the author of many books, including America's Christian History: The Untold Story.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State. A leading organization advocating strict separation of church and state. Publishes Church and State magazine. http://www.au.org/

Amnesty International. A leading human rights organization. http://www.amnesty.org/

Articles on Religious Liberty. A resource on church-state issues. http://members.aol.com/larrypahl/poli-sci.htm

Baptist Joint Committee. A coalition of Baptist organizations united to defend religious liberty and the separation of church and state. http://www.erols.com/bjcpa/index.html

Becket Fund. http://www.Becketfund.org/

B'nai B'rith. Chief defender of the rights of Jewish people around the world. http://www.bnaibrith.org/

Bruderhof. A Mennonite/Hutterite Community interested in social justice and communal living. http://www.bruderhof.org/

Call to Action. "Lay people, religious and clergy working together to foster peace, justice and love in our world, our church and ourselves in the spirit of Vatican II and the US Catholic Bishops' Call to Action." http://call-to-action.org

Canadian Institute for Law, Theology, and Public Policy. "The CILTPP publishes books and tapes, and sponsors seminars which seek to integrate in depth the Christian faith with public policy issues." Incluedes references to a number of work by evangelical scholar, John W. Montgomery. http://www.readersndex.com/caninst/

Catholic Online. Access to a number of Catholic organizations and ministries. http://www.catholic.org/index2.html

CBN/The 700 Club. Pat Robertson's ministry. http://www.the700club.org/

Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics. A conservative Reformed/Calvinist web site with links to a number of similar sites. http://www.reformed.org

Center for the Advancement of Paleo-Orthodoxy. Another site dedicated to conservative Reformed Christianity. See especially the link to the "Kuyper Institute for Politics. http://capo.org/

Chalcedon Foundation. Rousas J. Rushdoony's Chalcedon Foundation is a leading source of theonomist/Christian Reconstruction thought. http://www.chalcedon.edu

Charisma Magazine. A popular magazine reflecting the opinions of the pentecostal/charismatic community. http://www.charismamag.com

Christian Activist. An organization headed up by Frank Schaeffer, the son of evangelical scholarl Francis Schaeffer. Interested in issues of Eastern Orthodoxy. http://www.tca1.org/

Christian Alert Network. http://www.vvm.com/~ctomlin/

Christian Coalition. The official web page of the Christian Coalition. http://www.cc.org/

Christian Coalition Watch. A watchdog group affiliated with the Religious Right. http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/r/rfaggart/www/ccwatch/

Christian Family Network. A conservative group whose mission is "to advance Christ-centered values, restore morality and protect life for the individual, family, and community." http://www.cfnweb.com

Christian Legal Society. A legal advocacy group affiliated with the Religious Right. http://www.iclnet.org/clsnet/

Christian Reconstruction. A site critical of theonomy/Christian Reconstruction. http://www.serve.com/thibodep/cr/cr.htm

Christian Solidarity International. "An interdenominational human rights organisation for religious liberty helping persecuted Christians and others suffering repression, victimised children and victims of disaster." http://www.csiuk.org

ChristianityNet. A service of Christianity Today, Inc. Provides access to publications of Christianity Today, Inc., chat-rooms, and news of interest to evangelicalism. http://www.christianity.net/

Church and State.  Award-winning magazine of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (above).  http://www.au.org/library.htm

Church of Scientology. Has an interest in defending and promoting religious liberty around the world. Provides access to all the sites sponsored or directed by the Church of Scientology, which was founded by L. Ron Hubbard. http://www.scientology.org/related.htm#top

Church-State Studies (Baylor University) publishes an academic journal devoted directly to church-state matters.  http://www.baylor.edu/~Church_State/

Citizens for Excellence in Education. A conservative organization interested in public education. http://www.nace-cee.org

Coalition of Politically Active Christians. A more extreme religious right group. http://www.copac.org

Concerned Women for America. "The Nation's largest pro-family women's organization." Founded and directed by conservative Christian activist, Beverly LaHaye. http://www.cwfa.org

Constitutional Principle: Separation of Church and State. Audio links to Supreme Court oral arguments and speech by civil rights/constitutional lawyers and others. http://members.tripod.com/~candst/index.html

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. The web site of the moderate Southern Baptists. http://www.cbfonline.org/

Council for Secular Humanism. Advocates of secular humanism. Strongly opposed to fundamentalism in particular and theism in general. http://www.secularhumanism.org/

Critical Thinker. "The official organ of the 'Center for Rational Thought," also called the 'Atheist Community Center' in Portland, Oregon." Provides access to "Recovery Watch" which opposes state-mandated AA meetings on the ground that they are "unequivocally religious." http://rogue.northwest.com/~crt/

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D. James Kennedy and the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. The site of a leading advocate of a Christian America. See especially the link to "Reclaiming America." http:www.crpc.org

Democracy Works. A site similar to that of AlterNet, providing access to a number of left-leaning/liberal pages. http://www.democracyworks.org

Eagle Forum. Conservative spokesperson Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum. http://www.eagleforum.org

Ecunet. Provides access to a number of mainline religious organizations, including the ELCA, PC-USA, UCC, UMC, ABC, RCA, Episcopal Church, NCC, and WCC. http://www.ecunet.org/

Evangelicals for Social Action. Access to Prism magazine, the Evangelical Environmental Network, Crossroads, and the Christian Society of the Green Cross.http://www.libertynet.org:80/~esa/

Faith and Justice Network. "An electronic network for people of faith working for justice in a community within Web Networks, Canada's non-profit social change computer network." http://community.web.net/faith_and_justice/index.html

Family Research Council. Conservative activist Gary Bauer and the Family Research Council, a leading think tank and advocacy group spun off from Focus on the Family. http://www.frc.org/

First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. An extensive site dedicated to First Amendment issues. Contains the text of the Williamsburg Charter and also Charles Haynes book Finding Common Ground which seeks to develop a national consensus regarding First Amendment issues concerning religion. http://www.fac.org/

First Amendment Cyber-Tribune.  A leading First Amendment site that has compiled information on current happenings, historical documents on religious liberty, and position statements of some major religious groups. http://w3.trib.com/FACT/1st.relig.liberty.html

Focus on the Family. The official site for those interested in the ministry of James Dobson and Focus on the Family. http://www.fotf.org

Freedom from Religion Foundation. A site dedicated to 'free-thought' and atheism/agnosticism--generally critical of religion. http://www.infidels.org/org/ffrf/
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General Conference Mennonite Church. A leading denomination in the 'peace-church' movement. http://www.mwc-cmm.org

Gospel Communication Network. Access to a number o f Evangelical Christian ministries and mission organizations. http://www.gospelcom.net/

Heartland Institute. A conservative midwest think tank, interested in state and local government issues. http://www.heartland.org/

Home School Legal Defense Association. Defending the rights of home schooling parents. http://www.hslda.org

Institute for Christian Economics. ICE was founded by Gary North, popular author of theonomist and Christian Reconstructionist texts. Nearly 100 Christian Reconstructionist books are available from this site. http://www.freebooks.com

Institute for Christian Leadership. An extensive network of Evangelical Christian organizations and interests. The site contains access to a number of pages concerned with Christian faith and higher education. http://www.iclnet.org/

Institute for First Amendment Studies. "Founded by former fundamentalist minister Skipp Porteous and attorney Barbara Simon, to expose and counter the political activities of the Religous Right." http://www..berkshire.net/~ifas/index.html

Interfaith Alliance. A "Christian Coalition of the Left." http://www.interfaithalliance.org/

ISRP--Institute for the Study of Religion and Politics. "A non-profit California corporation, dedicated to unmasking the alarming intrusion of religion in politics--both in the United States and throughout the world." http://www.isrp.org/

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Keston Institute. http://www.keston.org

Liberal Constitutionalist. Dedicated to exposing the historical revisionism of the Religious Right. http://members.aol.com/realconst/l_c_home.html

Liberty Counsel. This "non-profit religious civil liberties education and legal defense organization" was established by Mathew D. Stover and publishers The Liberator. http://www.lc.org

Liberty Express. A newsletter sponsored by the Northwest Religious Liberty Association, a subsidiary of the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.http://www.libertyexpress.org

Mainstream Loudoun. A moderate to liberal group whose purpose is "to preserve religious and personal freedom, to maintain the separation of church and state, and to counter the imposition through public policy of one religious tradition over others." http://www.loudoun.net/mainstream/

Media House International. An evangelical Christian site with a bent towards theonomy. Organized by Jay Rogers. http://www.forerunner.com/

MennoLink--Mennonite Information Center. Access to a number of Mennonite/peace church related sites. http://www.prairienet.org/mennonite/

Mennonite Connections on the WWW. Perhaps the most extensive collection of links to other Mennonite/peace church related sites. http://www-personal.umich.edu/~bpl/menno.html

National Abortion Rights Action League. The official page of the leading abortion rights advocacy group. http://www.naral.org/

National Association of Evangelicals. The leading fellowship of evangelical churches in America. http://www.nae.net/

National Committee for Public Education and Religious Liberty (PEARL). An organization involved in the separation of church and state, especially as it relates to public education. http://www.tiac.net/users/doyle/PEARL.html

National Reform Association. "The ministry of the National Reform Association is to maintain and promote in our national life the Christian principles of civil government." http://www.NatReformAssn.org/

National Right to Life Committee. The leading pro-life/anti-abortion organization in America. http://www.nrlc.org/nrlc

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Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. An ecumenical site fostering religious tolerance and understanding and also exposing religions hatred and misinformation. Contains over 500 individual menus and essays. http://www.religioustolerance.org

Operation Rescue. The militant anti-abortion group in the U.S. http://web2.airmail.net/orn

People for the American Way. Founded by television producer Norman Lear in the 1970s, the People for the American Way has become one of the leading advocacy groups for first amendment rights and an antagonist of the Religious Right. http://www.pfaw.org/

Prison Fellowship International. The ministry founded by Chuck Colson. http://www.prisonfellowshipintl.org

Probe Ministries. "Christian Scholars...Analyzing and Challenging Contemporary Culture. Presenting balanced, reasoned, biblical information--influencing the culture for Christ." http://www.probe.org/

Pro-SOCS. A Texas-based organization that defends the separation of church and state and monitors the activities of the Religious Right. http://www.violetstar.com/~prosocs

Promise Keepers. A leading evangelical men's movement. http://www.promisekeepers.org/

Public Eye. "Challenging the Right Wing Backlash." http://www.publiceye.org/

Regressive Right. A Religious Right/New Right watchdog site. http://www.ny-politics.com/rr/regress.shtml

Regent University. Formerly CBN University, this school was founded by TV evangelist Pat Robertson. http://www.regent.edu

Religion and American Culture. The site of the Religion and American Culture Institute at Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis, which publishes the journal, Religion and American Culture. http://www.iupui.edu/it/raac/home.html

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. An umbrella organization for a number of religiously motivated, pro-choice advocacy groups. http://www.rcrc.org/

Religious Freedom Home Page. http://www.religious-freedom.org

Religious Freedom International. "The Mandate and Objectives of Religious Freedom International are to contribute to the observance throughout the world of human rights as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights." http://www.article18.org

Rutherford Institute. A religious liberty advocacy group associated with the Religious Right. Founded by John Whitehead. http://www.rutherford.org/

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Scholars Press. Access to sites of the American Academy of Religion, American Philological Association, Society of Biblical Literature, American Schools of Oriental Research, and the American Society of Papyrologists. http://scholar.cc.emory.edu

Separation of Church and State.  A site by Tom Peters that features an overview of the historical and legal debate of church-state separation.  http://members.tripod.com/~candst/tnppage/tnpidx.htm 

Separation of School and State. A conservative organization advocating the end to publically funded education. http://www.sepschool.org/

Sojourners. One of the leading evangelical groups involved in social justice. Founded by Jim Wallis. http://www.sojourners.com/sojourners/home.html

Southern Baptists: Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Formerly the Christian Life Commission, this is the religious lobbying and advocacy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. http://www.erlc.com

Texas Freedom Network. "The goal of the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund is to help educate Texans how to respond to the growing influence of the religious right in the public dialogue over public education and individual and religious liberties in America." http://tfn.org/

Townhall. A clearinghous of conservative interest groups, with access to the Heritage Foundation, the National Review, Frontiers of Freedom Institute, the Family Research Council, the American Association of Christian Schools, the American Conservative Union, the Claremont Institute, the Federalist Society, the Leadership Institute, the Washington Times, Young America's Foundation, Center for Individual Rights, Headway Magazine, and others. http://www.townhall.com/citizens/

Traditional Values Coalition. http://www.traditionalvalues.org

U.S. Taxpayers Party. A political party that is often associated with the Christian Reconstruction movement. http://www.USTaxpayers.org/ucontent.shtml

Way of Life. A fundamentalist site, publisher of O Timothy magazine. Often critical of evangelicalism/new evangelicalism. http://wayoflife.org/~dcloud/

Wheaton College. A leading evangelical college and graduate school, home of the Billy Graham Center. http://www.wheaton.edu

World Wide Christian Web. Access to a number of conservative evangelical web sites. http://www.wwcw.org

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Most of the links above are courtesy of the Institute for Church-State Studies at Baylor University.

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