Links to Current Issues on Church-State

The links are arranged alphabetically by organization or web-site name. To jump ahead, click on the boxes below. The list includes both "liberal" and "conservative," "separationist" and "accomodationist" organization and perspectives. While most of the sites are of interest to American religion and politics, a few international ones are included as well.

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Acton Institute. The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty. http://www.acton.org/

Africa Faith and Justice Network. The Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) strives to be a meaningful voice for Africa in U.S. public policy. AFJN stresses issues of human rights and social justice that tie directly into Catholic social teaching. http://afjn.cua.edu/About/

AlterNet. "A Project of the Institute for Alternative Journalism." Provides access to a number of alternative (left-leaning) web sites. http://www.alternet.org/

American Center for Law and Justice. Jay Sekulow and the ACLJ, a legal advocacy group generally alligned with conservative evangelicalism and the Christian Coalition. http://www.aclj.org/

American Civil Liberties Union. The leading advocacy group for civil rights and first amendment issues. http://www.aclu.org/

American Family Association. A conservative watchdog organization that monitors morality in the media and culture. http://www.afa.net

American Jewish Committee. A leading Jewish civil rights and advocacy group. http://www.ajc.org/

American Vision. A conservative, Reformed (Protestant) ministry affiliated with Gary DeMar that "provides materials to help Christians develop a Biblical worldview." DeMar supports the "Christian America" thesis and he is the author of many books, including America's Christian History: The Untold Story.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State. A leading organization advocating strict separation of church and state. Publishes Church and State magazine. http://www.au.org/

Amnesty International. A leading human rights organization. http://www.amnesty.org/

Ave Maria College. A network of colleges founded by conservative Catholics in response to claims that the leading Catholic universities in America are no longer faithful to the Magsterium of the Catholic Church and its social teachings.

Baptist Joint Committee. A coalition of Baptist organizations united to defend religious liberty and the separation of church and state. http://www.bjcpa.org

Becket Fund. http://www.Becketfund.org/

B'nai B'rith. Chief defender of the rights of Jewish people around the world. http://www.bnaibrith.org/

Bruderhof. A Mennonite/Hutterite Community interested in social justice and communal living. http://www.bruderhof.org/

Call to Action. "Lay people, religious and clergy working together to foster peace, justice and love in our world, our church and ourselves in the spirit of Vatican II and the US Catholic Bishops' Call to Action." http://cta-usa.org

Canadian Institute for Law, Theology, and Public Policy. "The CILTPP publishes books and tapes, and sponsors seminars which seek to integrate in depth the Christian faith with public policy issues." Incluedes references to a number of work by evangelical scholar, John W. Montgomery. http://www.ciltpp.com/

Catholic.net. A News site and clearinghouse of information of interest to American Catholics concerning pro-life issues and the Vatican.

Catholic Online. Access to a number of Catholic organizations and ministries. http://www.catholic.org/

Catholic World News. News concerning the Catholic Church, its moral and theological teachings and their impact on the world from a conservative perspective.

CBN/The 700 Club. Pat Robertson's ministry. http://www.cbn.com/

Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics. A conservative Reformed/Calvinist web site with links to a number of similar sites. http://www.reformed.org

CESNUR. Center for Studies on New Religions. http://www.cesnur.org

Center for the Advancement of Paleo-Orthodoxy. Another site dedicated to conservative Reformed Christianity. See especially the link to the "Kuyper Institute for Politics. http://capo.org/

Chalcedon Foundation. Rousas J. Rushdoony's Chalcedon Foundation is a leading source of theonomist/Christian Reconstruction thought. http://www.chalcedon.edu

Charisma Magazine. A popular magazine reflecting the opinions of the pentecostal/charismatic community. http://www.charismamag.com

Christian Activist. An organization headed up by Frank Schaeffer, the son of evangelical scholar Francis Schaeffer. Interested in issues of Eastern Orthodoxy. http://www.thechristianactivist.com/

Christian Alert Network. http://www.vvm.com/~ctomlin/

Christian Coalition. The official web page of the Christian Coalition. http://www.cc.org/

Christian Family Network. A conservative group whose mission is "to advance Christ-centered values, restore morality and protect life for the individual, family, and community." http://www.cfnweb.com

Christian Legal Society. A Christian conservative legal advocacy association bringing together law students and attorneys in defence of religious liberty. http://www.clsnet.org/

Christian Reconstruction. A site critical of theonomy/Christian Reconstruction. http://www.serve.com/thibodep/cr/cr.htm

Christian Solidarity International. "An interdenominational human rights organisation for religious liberty helping persecuted Christians and others suffering repression, victimised children and victims of disaster."
http://www.csi-int.ch/

ChristianityNet. A service of Christianity Today, Inc. Provides access to publications of Christianity Today, Inc., chat-rooms, and news of interest to evangelicalism. http://www.christianity.net/

Church of Scientology. Has an interest in defending and promoting religious liberty around the world. Provides access to all the sites sponsored or directed by the Church of Scientology, which was founded by L. Ron Hubbard. http://www.scientology.org/related.htm#top

Church of Scientology International European Office for Public Affairs and Human Rights.. The Church of Scientology International has, since 1990, maintained a human rights office in Brussels. This has served as the focal point for our many programmes to inform the public about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and how the Declaration's precepts can be used to bring about a humane and peaceful society based on respect for every individual. http://www.scientology-europe.org/

Church of Scientology International Human Rights Efforts. http://www.theta.com/

Citizens for Excellence in Education. A conservative organization interested in public education. http://www.nace-cee.org

Coalition of Politically Active Christians. A loosely organized network of ultra-conservative Christians.
http://www.copac.addr.com/

Concerned Women for America. "The Nation's largest pro-family women's organization." Founded and directed by conservative Christian activist, Beverly LaHaye. http://www.cwfa.org

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. The web site of the progressive Baptist movement in the South. http://www.cbfonline.org/

Council for Secular Humanism. Advocates of secular humanism. Strongly opposed to fundamentalism in particular and theism in general. http://www.secularhumanism.org/

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D. James Kennedy and the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church. The site of a leading advocate of a Christian America. See especially the link to "Reclaiming America." http:www.crpc.org

Democracy Works. A site similar to that of AlterNet, providing access to a number of communitarian resources. http://www.democracyworksct.org/

Discovery Institute. A site dedicated to the pursuit of a wide range of projects ranging from economic cooperation between Canada and the United States to religion and public life and the intelligent design approach to origins.

Eagle Forum. Conservative spokesperson Phyllis Schlafly's Eagle Forum. http://www.eagleforum.org

Ecunet. Provides access to a number of mainline religious organizations, including the ELCA, PC-USA, UCC, UMC, ABC, RCA, Episcopal Church, NCC, and WCC. http://www.ecunet.org/

Evangelicals for Social Action. Access to Prism magazine, the Evangelical Environmental Network, Crossroads, and the Christian Society of the Green Cross. http://www.esa-online.org/

Evangelicals and Catholics Together. A project headed by Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, Chuck Colson, and other ecumenically minded individuals in the Catholic Church and various Protestant traditions that aim to find points of commonality between Evangelicals and Catholics in the interest of promoting understanding and facilitating joint political and social action.

Family Research Council. The Family Research Council (FRC) champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society. FRC shapes public debate and formulate public policy that values human life and upholds the institutions of marriage and the family. Believing that God is the author of life, liberty, and the family, FRC promotes the Judeo-Christian worldview as the basis for a just, free, and stable society.
http://www.frc.org/

First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University. An extensive site dedicated to First Amendment issues. Contains the text of the Williamsburg Charter and also Charles Haynes book Finding Common Ground which seeks to develop a national consensus regarding First Amendment issues concerning religion. http://www.fac.org/

First Things. Founded by Fr. Richard John Neuhaus in 1990, this "Journal of Religion and Public Life" is dedicated to pursuing dialogue between Evangelicals, Catholics (and Jews), and exploring cultural, political, religious and societal issues in a scholarly manner. http://www.firstthings.com

Focus on the Family. The official site for those interested in the ministry of James Dobson and Focus on the Family. http://www.family.org

Forum 18. A Christian web and e-mail initiative to report on international threats and actions against the religious freedom of all people, whatever their religious affiliation, in an objective, truthful and timely manner. The name 'Forum 18' comes from Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Freedom from Religion Foundation. A site dedicated to 'free-thought' and atheism/agnosticism--generally critical of religion. http://www.ffrf.org/

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Freedom Magazine. Published by the Church of Scientology International in the United States, Freedom Magazine and its 20 affiliated editions of magazines and journals published by Scientology churches in 16 more countries, conduct investigative reporting in the public interest and bring answers to issues of vital interest to society.http://www.freedommag.org

General Conference Mennonite Church. A leading denomination in the 'peace-church' movement. http://www.mwc-cmm.org

Gospel Communication Network. Access to a number of Evangelical Christian ministries and mission organizations. http://www.gospelcom.net/

Heartland Institute. A conservative midwest think tank, interested in state and local government issues. http://www.heartland.org/

Home School Legal Defense Association. Defending the rights of home schooling parents. http://www.hslda.org

Institute of Faith and Learning (Baylor). The Institute for Faith and Learning was founded in 1997 to assist Baylor in achieving its mission of integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment, and its goal of becoming a university of the first rank committed to its Baptist and Christian heritage.
http://www3.baylor.edu/IFL/

Institute for Christian Economics. ICE was founded by Gary North, popular author of theonomist and Christian Reconstructionist texts. Nearly 100 Christian Reconstructionist books are available from this site. http://www.freebooks.com

Institute for Christian Leadership. An extensive network of Evangelical Christian organizations and interests. The site contains access to a number of pages concerned with Christian faith and higher education. http://www.iclnet.org/

Interfaith Alliance. A "Christian Coalition of the Left." http://www.interfaithalliance.org/

Intercollegiate Studies Institute. "Founded in 1953, ISI works "to educate for liberty" - to identify the best and the brightest college students and to nurture in these future leaders the American ideal of ordered liberty. To accomplish this goal, ISI seeks to enhance the rising generation's knowledge of our nation's founding principles - limited government, individual liberty, personal responsibility, the rule of law, market economy, and moral norms."

ISRP--Institute for the Study of Religion and Politics. "A non-profit Californiacorporation, dedicated to unmasking the alarming intrusion of religion in politics--both in the United States and throughout the world." http://www.isrp.org/

James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions. The James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions in the Department of Politics at Princeton University is dedicated to exploring the enduring questions of political thought and constitutional law. The James Madison Program promotes a greater appreciation of the canon of the Western intellectual tradition as it nourishes and informs contemporary politics. http://web.princeton.edu/sites/jmadison/

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Keston Institute. http://www.keston.org

Liberty Counsel. This "non-profit religious civil liberties education and legal defense organization" was established by Mathew D. Stover and publishers The Liberator. http://www.lc.org

Liberty Express. A newsletter sponsored by the Northwest Religious Liberty Association, a subsidiary of the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.http://www.libertyexpress.org

Mainstream Loudoun. A moderate to liberal group whose purpose is "to preserve religious and personal freedom, to maintain the separation of church and state, and to counter the imposition through public policy of one religious tradition over others." http://www.loudoun.net/mainstream/

Mars Hill Audio. A media outlet dedicated to promoting a thoughtful, integral approach to Christian living and learning, from a Reformed perspective.

Media House International. An evangelical Christian site with a bent towards theonomy. Organized by Jay Rogers. http://www.forerunner.com/

MennoLink--Mennonite Information Center. Access to a number of Mennonite/peace church related sites. http://www.mennolink.org/

Mennonite Connections on the WWW. Perhaps the most extensive collection of links to other Mennonite/peace church related sites. http://www-personal.umich.edu/~bpl/menno.html

National Abortion Rights Action League. The official page of the leading abortion advocacy group. http://www.naral.org/

National Association of Evangelicals. The leading fellowship of evangelical churches in America. http://www.nae.net/

National Reform Association. "The ministry of the National Reform Association is to maintain and promote in our national life the Christian principles of civil governme target="_blank"nt." http://www.NatReformAssn.org/

National Right to Life Committee. The leading pro-life organization in America. http://www.nrlc.org/

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Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. An ecumenical site fostering religious tolerance and understanding and also exposing religions hatred and misinformation. Contains over 500 individual menus and essays. http://www.religioustolerance.org

Operation Rescue. An pro-life site offering information from an especially uncompromising point of view. http://www.operationrescue.org/

Opus Dei. Opus Dei is a personal Prelature of the Catholic Church that helps ordinary lay people seek holiness in and through their everyday activities, especially through work. In close concert with the Vatican, Opus Dei organizes the laity in defence of traditional Catholic religious and moral teachings. http://www.opusdei.org/

People for the American Way. A progressive political action committee dedicated to lobbying for the rights of new immigrants, religious freedom and an independent judiciary. http://www.pfaw.org/

Prison Fellowship International. The ministry founded by Chuck Colson. http://www.pfi.org/

Promise Keepers. A leading evangelical men's movement. http://www.promisekeepers.org/

Public Eye. An anti-conservative organization dedicated to "showing how sectors of the U.S. Political Right seek to roll back democracy and diversity and undermine basic human rights." http://www.publiceye.org/

Regent University. Formerly CBN University, this school was founded by TV evangelist Pat Robertson. http://www.regent.edu

Religion and American Culture. The site of the Religion and American Culture Institute at Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis, which publishes the journal, Religion and American Culture. http://www.iupui.edu/~raac/

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. An umbrella organization for a number of religiously motivated, pro-choice advocacy groups. http://www.rcrc.org/

Religion and Policy.org. The website of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy in Washington, D.C. http://www.religionandpolicy.org/

Rutherford Institute. A religious liberty advocacy group with a social conservative bent. Founded by John Whitehead. http://www.rutherford.org/

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Scientology Effective Solutions The Church of Scientology International European Office for Public Affairs and Human Rights presents information on the social programs of the Scientology religion with emphasis on those in Europe. http://www.scientologyreligion.org

Scientology Volunteer Ministers Scientology churches provide community outreach programs and emergency relief in times of disaster. http://www.volunteerministers.org

Separation of School and State. A conservative organization advocating the end to publically funded education. http://www.sepschool.org/

Sojourners. One of the leading evangelical groups involved in social justice.Founded by Jim Wallis. http://www.sojourners.com/

Southern Baptists: Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. Formerly the Christian Life Commission, this is the religious lobbying and advocacy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. http://www.erlc.com

Texas Freedom Network. "The goal of the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund is to help educate Texans how to respond to the growing influence of the religious right in the public dialogue over public education and individual and religious liberties in America." http://tfn.org/

The Constitutional Principle: Separation of Church and State. A website dedicated to combatting "history by sound bite" that provides audio links to Supreme Court oral arguments and speeches by civil rights/constitutional lawyer and others.

Thomas More Law Center. The Thomas More Law Center is a not-for-profit public interest law firm dedicated to the defense and promotion of the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life. While the group serves all Christians, it operates mainly from a Catholic perspective.

Townhall. A clearinghous of conservative interest groups, with access to the Heritage Foundation, the National Review, Frontiers of Freedom Institute, the Family Research Council, the American Association of Christian Schools, the American Conservative Union, the Claremont Institute, the Federalist Society, the Leadership Institute, the Washington Times, Young America's Foundation, Center for Individual Rights, Headway Magazine, and others. http://www.townhall.com/

Traditional Values Coalition. http://www.traditionalvalues.org

Unitarian Universalist Association. Official statements on social justice, church-state issues, and other information issued by the Unitarian Universalist Association. http://www.uua.org/actions/religious-freedom

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The official website of the Catholic hierarchy in the United States, offering a clearinghouse of information on topics ranging from immigration reform to social justice and the pro-life movement. http://www.nccbuscc.org/whoweare.htm

U.S. Taxpayers Party. A political party that is often associated with the Christian Reconstruction movement. http://www.USTaxpayers.org/ucontent.shtml

Way of Life. A fundamentalist site, publisher of O Timothy magazine. Often critical of evangelicalism/new evangelicalism. http://wayoflife.org/~dcloud/

What is Scientology?. This online version of the book by the same title gives an overview of the Scientology religion, its beliefs, practices, ceremonies, symbols, literature and demographics. http://www.whatisscientology.org

Wheaton College. A leading evangelical college and graduate school, home of the Billy Graham Center. http://www.wheaton.edu

Witherspoon Fellowship.. The Witherspoon Fellowship is Family Research Council's civic and cultural leadership program. Designed as an academic professional fraternity, the Fellowship seeks to inspire a vision for the calling and obligations of citizenship that draws upon the wisdom of the Christian cultural and intellectual tradition. College Juniors, Seniors and Graduate Students are welcome to apply for internship positions in the fall, spring and summer. http://www.witherspoonfellowship.org/

World Wide Christian Web. Access to a number of conservative evangelical web sites. http://www.wwcw.org

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