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contraception | Hobby Lobby | religious liberty | U.S. Supreme Court | Zubik v. Burwell

The Meaning of Religious Exemptions

Governmental recognition of religious liberty is a pressing issue in our current politics. The 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act states that a generally applicable federal statute may not substantially burden “a person’s exercise of religion” un...

May 11, 2017

Hobby Lobby | Little Sisters of the Poor | Jehovah's Witness | gay rights | reproductive freedom | women's health care | conservative religions | U.S. Supreme Court

Contemporary Hostility to the Free Exercise of Religion

Religious liberty is far down the path towards becoming a party-line culture war issue. And that is a disaster for religious liberty.   In extended questions and answers about religious liberty in the Republican presidential debate on February 25, ...

March 3, 2016

same-sex marriage | contraception | Hobby Lobby | US Supreme Court | Equal Protection Clause | Fourteen Amendment | US Constitution | Religious Freedom Restoration Act | Ruth Ginsburg | civil right laws

In 2014, Marriage and Contraception Dominated US Religion News -- Nathan C. Walker

As expected, marriage and contraception dominated 2014’s domestic religion news headlines. At this time last year, same-sex marriage was legal in fifteen states, plus the District of Columbia. Today, 70 percent of the US population lives in a state w...

January 8, 2015