Religious Freedom: Are We Making Progress?

By: Stephen Bailey

Real change for religious freedom is often hard to document. Some may wonder if all the conferences, seminars, and workshops on religious freedom are worth the money, time, and human resources spent on promoting this crucial human right. But the patience is worth it, as people like Malcolm Gladwell argue in his book The Tipping Point: complex systems can take a long time for change to surface.

This is hard for a professional world—in the throes of a torrid affair with evidence-based assessment—to accept; it demands the process of collecting observable and measurable evidence of desired change. Narrowly focused objectives measured this way create accountability and efficiency. They help us do what we said we would do.

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