Where governments protect religious freedom and citizens value it as a social good, religious persecution and religion-based violence find no warrant. John Hanford, Introduction to the US Fourth Annual Report on Religious Freedom

The International Association for the Defense of Religious Liberty

is a non-governmental organization accredited with the ECOSOC Committee of the United Nations, in New York and Geneva, and in participative statute with the Council of Europe, in Strasbourg. Its goal is to disseminate ideas of tolerance, and to defend the right for anyone to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to believe or not, freedom to change one’s religion or belief, and freedom, either individually or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest one’s religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.