5 Minutes of Religious Freedom

A Web Series promoting Religious Liberty as an

Inalienable Right For People of All religions and None


  • 5 Minutes of Religious Freedom is a web series about how “religious freedom, liberty of conscience, is a precious, fundamental right for people of all religions and none.” – Williamsburg Charter


  • The web series features religious and civil liberties leaders from around the world who represent a broad spectrum of religious and ideological perspectives.


  • There is an urgent need to work together to sustain the world’s bold experiment in living with our deepest differences. In the United States, for instance, many people are misled about the constitutional role of religion in public life, confused about the meaning of church-state separation, and uncertain about the limits of free exercise of religion. The purpose of this series is to feature a diversity of perspectives about the constitutional and human rights principles that govern the relationship of religion and government, define protections for the freedom of religion or belief, and provide the civic framework for living among people of all religions and none.


Guest Experts

The following experts were filmed for the 5mRF series:

  • 1/11/2017 David Saperstein – Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, US Dept. of State
  • 1/18/2017 Melissa Rogers – White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
  • 1/18/2017 David Saperstein – Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, US Dept. of State
  • 1/25/2017 Asma Uddin – Center for Islam and Religious Freedom
  • 2/1/2017 Eugene Sutton – Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
  • 2/8/2017 Nokuzola Mndende – Icamagu Heritage Institute, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2/15/2017 Gurwin Singh Ahuja – Executive Director of the National Sikh Campaign
  • 2/22/2017 Engy Abdelkader – Georgetown University
  • 3/1/2017 Eugene Sutton – Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Maryland
  • 3/8/2017 Lena Larsen – University of Oslo, Norway
  • 3/15/2017 Melissa Reid – Liberty Magazine
  • 3/22/2017 Thomas Berg – University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • 3/29/2017 Harsh Voruganti – The Voruganti Law Firm, PLLC.
  • 4/5/2017 Suhag Shukla – Hindu American Foundation
  • 4/12/2017 David McAllister-Wilson – President, Wesley Theological Seminary
  • 4/19/2017 Stephanie Acosta Inks – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Public Interest Fellow; The Religious Freedom Center
  • 4/26/2017 Zachary Calo – Professor of Law, Hamad Bin Khalifa University Law School
  • 5/3/2017 Zachary Calo (Part 2) – Professor of Law, Hamad Bin Khalifa University Law School
  • 5/10/2017 Faizan Mustafa – National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Telangana, India
  • 5/17/2017 Bob Destro – Professor of Law, The Catholic University of America
  • 5/24/2017 Emre Celik – President & CEO, Rumi Forum
  • 5/31/2017 Amal Idrissi – Université Hassan I
  • 6/7/2017 David Pollock – Trustee, British Humanist Association
  • 6/14/2017 Jessi Kaur – Author
  • 6/21/2017 Dan Mach – Director, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief
  • 6/28/2017 Brian Grim – President, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation
  • 7/5/2017 Frank Wolf – Congressman, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative
  • 7/12/2017 Eileen Barker – London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 7/19/2017 Elliot Mincberg – People for the American Way Foundation
  • 7/26/2017 Dwayne Leslie – Director of Legislative Affairs, Seventh-Day Adventist Church
  • 8/2/2017 Herb Silverman – President, Secular Coalition of America
  • 8/9/2017 Susan Taylor – Director of National Public Affairs, Church of Scientology
  • 8/16/2017 Javier Martínez-Torrón – Complutense University, Madrid, Spain
  • 8/23/2017 Javier Martínez-Torrón (Part 2) – Complutense University, Madrid, Spain
  • 9/6/2017 Kim Colby – Director of the Center for Law and Religion, Christian Legal Society
  • 9/13/2017 Joseph David – Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Sapir Academic College, Jerusalem, Israel
  • 9/20/2017 Joseph David – Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Sapir Academic College, Jerusalem, Israel
  • 9/27/2017 Silvio Ferrari – University of Milan, Italy
  • 10/4/2017 Susan Douglas – Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University
  • 10/11/2017 Joseph Grieboski – Grieboski Global Strategies, LLC
  • 10/18/2017 T. Jeremy Gunn – Université Internationale de Rabat, Morocco
  • 10/25/2017 Rodrigo Souza Alves Vitorino – Federal University of Uberlândia, Brazil
  • 11/1/2017 Larry Decker – Secular Coalition for America
  • 11/8/2017 Sue Taylor – Church of Scientology, National Affairs Office
  • 11/15/2017 Jack Moline – Interfaith Alliance
  • 11/22/2017 Roger Severino – The Heritage Foundation
  • 11/29/2017 Susan Henry-Crowe – UMC General Board of Church and Society
  • 12/6/2017 Nathan Diament – Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations
  • 12/13/2017 Joseph Grieboski – Grieboski Global Strategies, LLC
  • 12/20/2017 Stanley Carlson-Thies – Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance
  • 12/27/2017 Arif Jamal – Harvard University

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The Five Minutes of Religious Freedom Series

  • Executive Producer Kristen Looney
  • Producers Jai Rice and Mahtab Kowsari
  • Edited by Jai Rice
  • Filmed by Mahtab Kowsari, Kristen Looney, Kevin Pregent, Nathan C. Walker
  • Marketing by Michael Bateman, Jai Rice, Cyprien Roy, Erin Shellenberger
  • Logo design by Derek Reynolds
  • Special thanks to the staff of the Newseum’s Tech and Video & Interactive Production departments; to host Sonya Gavankar, to admissions director Sabrina E. Dent, and to the founding director of the Religious Freedom Center, Dr. Charles C. Haynes.