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    Remembering Pearl Harbor

    As we remember those servicemen who died at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago, RFP scholar William Inboden writes that we should also remember that the surprise attack marked “an end to illusions" about the threats posed by Japan and Nazi Germany—a lesson that today's policymakers should keep in mind.
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    RFP Announces 2017 Doctoral Research Fellowship Program

    The Religious Freedom Project is sponsoring graduate summer research fellowships for students exploring the sources, development, and consequences of religious freedom. Applications are due January 27, 2017.

    related | Application guidelines are available here
    related | Read about our 2016 fellows here
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    Commonweal Praises RFP Symposium

    Jacob Lupfer argues that the RFP's symposium on "Religious Freedom and the Common Good" was a critical step forward in reframing the public debate on religious freedom away from partisan politics.
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    Carmen LaBerge Interviews Tom Farr

    Tom Farr discussed religious freedom legislation and the continued persecution of Christians in the Middle East in a recent interview with Carmen LaBerge's "The Reconnect." 

    related | Listen to the podcast episode here

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    Senator Sasse Keynotes RFP Symposium

    Recognizing religious liberty as a centerpiece of the American political experiment is imperative to the country’s long-term promotion of religious freedom abroad, Senator Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) said at the RFP's symposium on November 15.

    related | Watch Sasse keynote here
    related | "The First Freedom, If You Can Keep It"
    related | "Religious Freedom Project Marks Six Years"

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    Religion and the Election

    RFP scholar Brian Grim argues that Donald Trump's election victory demonstrates the staying power of religious voters. Grim explains how journalists and scholars misread the decline in American religious identification as being equal to the decline in the power of religion as a public and private force.

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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