Religious Liberty in the States

The Center for Religion, Culture & Democracy’s Religious Liberty in the States (RLS) is a project measuring legal safeguards for religious liberty across the United States. It allows office holders, community leaders, citizens, and scholars to compare state constitutions and statutory laws with respect to certain legal safeguards intended to protect citizens’ free exercise rights.

RLS is an index that compares the legal safeguards of free exercise in each state and ranks the 50 states accordingly. You can view the launch of RLS from George Washington University here

The launch event was co-sponsored with the Loeb Institute and includes a welcome address from Kelly Shackelford, CEO/President of First Liberty Institute, as well as an overview of the project, an unveiling of the state rankings, and a panel discussion with Dr. Sarah Estelle, the Director of the RLS project, Dr. Jordan Ballor, Director of Research at the CRCD, and Dr. Samuel Goldman, Director of the Loeb Institute.

RLS is a project of the Center for Religion, Culture & Democracy (CRCD), an initiative of First Liberty Institute.

Our Vision

The Center for Religion, Culture, and Democracy envisions democratic societies which affirm the essential role of religious convictions, peoples, and institutions in cultivating free and flourishing communities.

Our Mission

To achieve our vision, the CRCD supports the creation and promotion of high quality scholarship at the intersection of religion, culture, and democracy. Our publications, programming, and resources affirm the importance of religion as a public good for strengthening social bonds and reinforcing foundational freedoms.