RFI’s Islam and Religious Freedom Action Team Joins Christian and Jewish Groups to Support a Christian Florist’s Religious Rights

RFI’s Islam and Religious Freedom Action Team Joins Christian and Jewish Groups to Support a Christian Florist’s Religious Rights

RFI’s Islam and Religious Freedom Action Team has joined Christians and Jews in a friend of the court brief asking the Supreme Court to hear the case of a Christian florist shop who was sued by Washington State for declining to participate in a same-sex wedding. 

RFI President Speaks about Freedom of Conscience at Newman Canonization Event in Rome

Thomas Farr, President of the Religious Freedom Institute (RFI), offered remarks at an event held on October 12 and hosted by the Thomistic Institute at the Angelicum University in Rome. The event titled, “Newman the Prophet: A Saint for Our Times,” was convened in honor of Cardinal John Henry Newman’s canonization.

What They Say And Do: Four Indicators of Religious Freedom Violations

What They Say And Do: Four Indicators of Religious Freedom Violations

RFI Executive Vice-President Eric Patterson spoke to foreign dignitaries on the topic, "Countries of Particular Opportunity: Advancing International Religious Freedom to 2030" at the Newseum in Washington, DC. He focused attention on four indicators that demonstrate violations of religious freedom, what he calls, "What they say and do."

RFI Action Team Director Addresses Rally at Supreme Court in Support of Religious Employers

RFI Action Team Director Addresses Rally at Supreme Court in Support of Religious Employers

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in three separate cases that consider whether sexual orientation and gender identity are covered by federal law prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of sex. In one of these cases, R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC, an employee sued his employer, a faith-based funeral home, when he was dismissed for insisting on dressing and otherwise presenting as a woman. 

Farr: Chinese Totalitarianism and Catholic Witness

Farr: Chinese Totalitarianism and Catholic Witness

In a recent article appearing in The Catholic Thing, RFI President Thomas Farr outlines the threats to the Catholic Church in China under Xi Jinping. Farr argues that “Part of Xi’s plan is to force fundamental alterations in Catholic doctrine and witness,” and that, “The 2018 Sino-Vatican Provisional Agreement on nominating and ordaining bishops must be assessed in the harsh light of Xi’s policy.”

Different Faiths in Common Service, Advancing the Common Good Together

The Religious Freedom Institute gathered Latter-day Saints (LDS) and Muslim youth to work on a project for the common good in their community. This event was the third of a four-part initiative made possible by Islamic Relief USA that seeks to bring together representatives of different faith groups in conversation and common projects. During the event, a leading member from each community collaborated to bring this common project to fruition. What follows are their accounts of the experience.

RFI Supports Department of Labor’s Move to Protect Institutional Religious Freedom

RFI Supports Department of Labor’s Move to Protect Institutional Religious Freedom

In August, the Department of Labor (DOL) proposed an administrative rule that would amend federal contracting regulations to clarify the right of religious employers to use religious criteria in making employment decisions. The rule is intended to ensure that such organizations need not abandon their faith-based employment practices in order to compete for federal contracts.

RFI President Joins Civil Society Leaders in Asking the Pakistani Government to Free Couple Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy

RFI President Joins Civil Society Leaders in Asking the Pakistani Government to Free Couple Sentenced to Death for Blasphemy

The Religious Freedom Institute's (RFI) president, Thomas Farr, has joined over a dozen civil society members of the International Religious Freedom Roundtable in calling on the government of Pakistan to release a Pakistani Christian couple who have been sentenced to death under that country’s blasphemy law.

Finding Common Ground for the Sake of the Common Good

The Religious Freedom Institute gathered Latter-day Saints (LDS) and Muslim youth to work on a project for the common good in their community. This event was the third of a four-part initiative made possible by Islamic Relief USA that seeks to bring together representatives of different faith groups in conversation and common projects. During the event, a leading member from each community collaborated to bring this common project to fruition. What follows are their accounts of the experience.

RFI, Islamic Scholars File Brief in Supreme Court on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

RFI, Islamic Scholars File Brief in Supreme Court on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The Supreme Court has granted certiorari and consolidated three cases dealing with sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace. These cases will resolve a circuit split over whether the term "sex" in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination only on the basis of biological sex, or whether the term also covers sexual orientation and gender identity. This short podcast provides a thorough discussion of the issues involved in these cases.

RFI's Islam and Religious Freedom Action Team has filed an amicus brief, joined by two scholars of traditional Sunni Islam, in support of the employers.

RFI Executive Vice President Eric Patterson Addresses Organization of American States

On August 28, 2019, Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) Executive Vice President Eric Patterson delivered remarks before the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS). On the agenda for this session was the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief, which the UN observed on August 22, 2019. In his remarks, Patterson spoke with clarity and conviction about the crisis of religious persecution around the world.

A "Coffee Chat" on Religious Freedom Turns to Uyghur Persecution

A "Coffee Chat" on Religious Freedom Turns to Uyghur Persecution

The Religious Freedom Institute held an event titled, “Religious Liberty in America: The Challenges and the Promise” at America's Islamic Heritage Museum on May 10, 2019. This event was the second of a four-part initiative made possible by Islamic Relief USA that seeks to bring together representatives of different faith groups in conversation and common projects. Following the event, two participants, each from a different religious tradition, were awarded a gift card as an invitation to meet one another for coffee and then to write about the experience.

Québec’s Totalitarian Moment and Loss of Catholic Culture

Québec’s Totalitarian Moment and Loss of Catholic Culture

In an article appearing at The Catholic Thing, Andrew Bennett, Director of the Religious Freedom Institute’s North America Action Team, commented on a law recently enacted by the Québec government titled, Bill 21: An Act Respecting the Laicity of the State. The law prohibits the “wearing of religious symbols by public servants when they are exercising their functions.”

Marshall: This Indonesian Village Tradition Has Kept Peace Between Christians And Muslims

Marshall: This Indonesian Village Tradition Has Kept Peace Between Christians And Muslims

Paul Marshall, Wilson Professor of Religious Freedom at Baylor University and Senior Fellow with the Religious Freedom Institute, writes at Religion Unplugged that “Peaceful, and even loving religious co-existence, does not require secularism or relativism, nor a belief that our differing beliefs do not matter.”