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    Blasphemy Laws Hurt Religious Freedom

    After speaking at the RFP's conference on blasphemy laws, Salam Al Marayati discusses their origins and claims they have no place in Muslim society.
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    Farr, Anderson Speaking at UN Event

    On April 28, Thomas Farr will discuss the ongoing genocide in the Middle East and propose solutions to end the conflict in a conference sponsored by the Holy See's Permanent Observer to the United Nations. He will be joined by Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus.
  • Capitolbuildingnight

    House Committee Approves New Religious Freedom Bill

    RFP Director Tom Farr supports the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act for putting religious freedom at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy. The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved the bill this week.
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    Blasphemy Laws and Religious Freedom

    On April 20, the RFP organized a conference on how blasphemy laws impact religious freedom and violent religious extremism. Keynote speakers included Jennifer Bryson, Ayesha Iftikhar, Farahnaz Ispahani, and Imam Mohamed Magid.
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    New Video on the Right to Religious Freedom

    RFP Director Tom Farr is featured in a United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' video on the right to religious freedom, along with Helen Alvare, Archbishop William Lori, Reverend Eugene Rivers, and others.
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    Stopping Persecution in the Middle East

    On Wednesday, April 6 at the Family Research Council, RFP Director Tom Farr will address what concrete actions can be taken to stop ISIS atrocities in the Middle East. Former congressman Frank Wolf, Tina Ramirez, and Pervez Rafique will join him on the panel.

About Us

The Religious Freedom Project (RFP) is the nation's only university-based program devoted exclusively to the analysis of religious freedom, a basic human right restricted in many parts of the world. The RFP engages a team of international scholars to examine and debate the meaning and value of religious liberty; its importance for democracy; and its role in social and economic development, international diplomacy, and the struggle against violent religious extremism. The project is made possible by the generous support of the John Templeton Foundation and our partnership with Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion.

Project Themes

Religious Liberty, Economic Freedom, and Development

Religious Liberty, Economic Freedom, and Development

The RFP's Economic Working Group focuses on the impact of religious freedom on economic freedom, political economy, and development. Our scholars are economists, development specialists, political scientists, and students of…

Religious Liberty, Political Freedom, and Democracy

Religious Liberty, Political Freedom, and Democracy

The RFP's Political Working Group focuses on the impact of religious freedom on political freedom and democracy. Our scholars are experts in areas of political science, sociology, law, diplomacy, and…

Under Caesar’s Sword

Under Caesar’s Sword

In collaboration with the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame, the RFP is engaging in a three-year global research project called "Under Caesar’s

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