Resources for religious freedom
While MSIA does not necessarily endorse all of the content of these web sites or where they may lead you on the Internet, we have found that they contain many invaluable resources about religious freedom around the world.


CESNUR - CENTER FOR STUDIES ON NEW RELIGIONS
http://www.cesnur.org
A very informative web site, CESNUR, the Center for Studies on New Religions, was established in 1988 by a group of religious scholars from leading universities in Europe and the Americas. CESNUR is a network of independent, but related organizations of scholars in various countries, devoted to promote scholarly research in the field of new religious consciousness, to spread reliable and responsible information, and to expose the very real problems associated with some movements, while at the same time defending everywhere the principles of religious liberty.


U.S. Department of State
http://www.state.gov/g/drl/irf/
This is the State Department web site with current information related to international religious freedom.


U.S. Department of State archive on Religious Freedom
http://www.state.gov/www/global/human_rights/drl_religion.html
This is the State Department web site with a permanent electronic archive of information released prior to January 20, 2001 relation to religious freedom, for example the 2000 International Religious Freedom Report can be found there, as well as other reports and texts.


The Religious Movements Homepage @ the University of Virginia
http://religiousmovements.org
This web site has a large amount of resources. Just to scratch the surface: there is information about new religious movements around the world, the history of the anti-cult and counter-cult movements, the controversy over brainwashing, and a section on religious freedom. Here is an excerpt from their religious freedom page:

"America's founders believed religious freedom to be the "first liberty." The content of this site is concerned with issues of religious freedom in the U.S. and around the world. Whether you seek information about religious freedom in a particular nation, or are interested in theoretical and historical issues, you will find significant resources to help you pursue your inquiry."


ONTARIO CONSULTANTS ON RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE
http://www.religioustolerance.org/
This site is maintained by four volunteers of very different faiths. Their group is not affiliated with any religious organization and they rely on the revenue from banner ads, readers' donations, and the occasional lecture fee to enable them to continue their work. They try to be tolerant of all religious beliefs; try to write accurate, balanced, clear, objective and inclusive articles which often tackle tough religious questions. They don't promote a specific religious viewpoint; they don't attack anyone's theological beliefs. They don't value religious beliefs over secularism or vice-versa.

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