Religious Liberty: Striving for Inclusion



The theme of this publication is inclusive religious liberty. As we have talked about this, we have heard two objections. First, that religious liberty cannot be inclusive because it allows religious institutions and people of faith to make distinctions that are at odds with inclusivity. Alternatively, that asking these same religious groups and people to accommodate in any way the concerns of those with different outlooks and priorities would fatally undermine religious liberty. This project is based on the assumption that these polar opposite views do not exhaust all of the possibilities.

“Sutherland Institute believes that religious organizations, people of faith and the concept of religious liberty are essential to a truly inclusive – or to use another term – pluralistic polity. The essays in this publication address that idea, from different points of view, some in close agreement, others expressing some skepticism, but all recognizing the importance of the underlying value of pluralism, particularly in a climate of misunderstanding and even suspicion.

The thoughtful and accomplished authors are from different religious backgrounds and represent a wide spectrum of opinions on the relevant issues. Their essays couple strong beliefs and convictions with reasoned and civil presentation.”

-William C. Duncan, director of Sutherland Institute’s Center for Family and Society

Other contributors in this publication include: William C. Duncan, Mustafa Akyol, The Reverend Marian Edmonds-Allen, Dr. David A. Anderson, Hillary Byrnes, Alexander Dushku, Sharon Groves, Tim Schultz, Nihal Singh, Howard Slugh and Josh Hammer, Asma Uddin, and Robin Fretwell Wilson.