There are many organizations that devote all or some significant proportion of their time and
resources to defending religious freedom. A cursory examination of web pages that devote some
attention to "religious freedom" will reveal a very broad understanding of the meaning of this
concept. Consider, for example, the first three organizations in our alphabetical listing
below--American Atheists, the American Center for Law and Justice, and the American Civil
Liberties Union. These organizations are seemingly worlds apart in their understanding of the
meaning of religious freedom. Yet, to know about these organizations, and what they do, is to
understand why each professes a profound interest in religious freedom.
To argue that any of these organizations is not "really" interested in religious freedom is
to defend a sectarian perspective that may be antithetical to religious freedom. Our criterion
for inclusion of organizations here is broad; we have included all organizations that identify
the defense of religious freedom as part of their mission statement. We have also included a
listing of religious freedom web pages that have been created by individuals rather than
organizations. Finally, we have a select list of general human rights pages. Some of these are
truly remarkable sites that contain much information relevant to those who are interested
in religious freedom.
There are most certainly other religious freedom organizations that are not listed here. This
results from our failure to identify these groups. We welcome communication that will assist
us in identifing missing groups. As this site develops, we will add abstracts about each
religious freedom group. Later we will add Profiles of groups that will examine what
each organization does in more detail. And, perhaps, we will develope a typology of groups
and some ranking of the quality and utility of the many pages for persons who are interested
in expanding their understanding of the meaning of religious liberty.