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Religious Freedom

Respecting human dignity requires that we respect the core elements of how people and groups identify themselves, including their religious beliefs. Religious belief has been a powerful motivation for protecting the rights and liberties of others; it kindled movements to abolish slavery and protect Americans’ civil rights. For millions of Americans, religion is the source of the values required in a free society, such as understanding, respect and sacrifice for others. Additionally, religious institutions provide irreplaceable care for the most vulnerable people in society.

For all of these reasons, the right to exercise religion is a fundamental human right. The law should respect the independence of religious institutions, defend the right of conscience, and protect the right of individuals to act on their religious beliefs, while establishing reasonable protections for public health and safety in a spirit of fairness for all.

Policy

Religious Freedom

Respecting human dignity requires that we respect the core elements of how people and groups identify themselves, including their religious beliefs. Religious belief has been a powerful motivation for protecting the rights and liberties of others; it kindled movements to abolish slavery and protect Americans’ civil rights. For millions of Americans, religion is the source of the values required in a free society, such as understanding, respect and sacrifice for others. Additionally, religious institutions provide irreplaceable care for the most vulnerable people in society.

For all of these reasons, the right to exercise religion is a fundamental human right. The law should respect the independence of religious institutions, defend the right of conscience, and protect the right of individuals to act on their religious beliefs, while establishing reasonable protections for public health and safety in a spirit of fairness for all.

Research & Insights

Religious character of a university can provide a rich resource for students

On Jan. 12, a federal judge in Oregon dismissed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education that had been brought by an organization representing LGBT students who had attended religious schools.

Sutherland supports HB 163 on student-athletes’ religious, modesty requests

‘Get those towels off your heads’ – why student-athletes’ religious and modesty needs should be protected in law

Cox’s State of the State elevates family and success sequence

The governor rightly cited the institutional role of families and the long-term benefits of life milestones anchored to education, work and family.

U.S. has long history of giving funding to religious schools

The Supreme Court has made clear that parents cannot be excluded from publicly funded scholarship programs solely because they send their children to religious schools.

How religious schools help tackle key higher education challenges

When the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching was launched in 1905, it specifically excluded religious schools from its benefits. Here’s why that was shortsighted.

Looking at accessibility of higher ed from a different angle

Religious schools are pursuing innovative ways of addressing the challenges facing universities and their students, including work-study and cost-saving programs.

Religious liberty and national security

While debates around religious freedom in the U.S. tend to revolve around the conflict of constitutional rights, religious freedom internationally is often a life-or-death situation.

Biden’s signature on marriage act is vindication of the Utah compromise

Finding legislative consensus requires us to set aside our prejudices – both those against LGBTQ Americans and those against religious Americans.

Silencing religious voices weakens support for human dignity

Sutherland Institute has filed an amicus brief with the Utah Supreme Court to address the question of religious influence on abortion law and respond to possible misconceptions.

Life’s complexities demand accommodation of religious practice in policymaking

The debate over the Respect for Marriage Act highlights different concerns and approaches to laws impacting religious freedom – even among those who agree about the importance of religious freedom.

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