SOURCE: New York Times
The Latest SCOTUS Case to Privilege Religion Over Civil Society
by Linda Greenhouse
Historically, the Supreme Court has viewed workplace accommodations for religious workers in terms of protecting minority faiths and relieving undue burdens on employers and coworkers. A pending case brought by a Christian postal worker promises to upend that balance.
SOURCE: Christianity Today
Council of Christian Colleges and Universities Gets Court Win on Exemptions to Discrimination Law
A judge dismissed a lawsuit by LGBTQ students that challenged the faith-based exemptions that Christian colleges can claim from enforcement of antidiscrimination laws.
SOURCE: Religion Dispatches
For "Religious Freedom Day," Take Back the Term's Revolutionary Meaning
The religious right has hijacked the story of Virginia's Statute for Religious Freedom, obscuring the law's intention to prevent the domination of the religious preferences of the powerful.
SOURCE: Juan Cole
Alito Laments "Disrespect" for Faith – But His Dobbs Ruling Will Push More Americans Away
by Juan Cole
"Ironically, even as Alito has managed to impose 20th century Roman Catholic dogma on all Americans, striking down any right to privacy or for women to control their own bodies, he is puzzled as to why anyone would be hostile to his agenda."
A Ghost of Galileo in the English Civil War
by John Heilbron
An obscure English painting containing an image of Galileo's "Dialogues" launches a deep consideration of the political and intellectual stakes of free inquiry during the English Civil War.
Does the "Divided Loyalty" Question Still Dog Catholic Politicians?
by D.G. Hart
Joe Biden will likely do what JFK and Al Smith did, namely, fit his faith into the norms of American politics.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Religious Animus Did Not Drive The Laws The Supreme Court Just Overturned
by Adam Laats
Historical restrictions against "sectarian" use of tax dollars used the term broadly to encompass many religious doctrines. Claims that the laws were based in anti-Catholic bigotry are inaccurate.
Why Thomas Jefferson Was Really No Friend of Religious Freedom
by M. Andrew Holowchak
Thomas Jefferson, because of the passage of his Bill for the Establishment of Religious Freedom, is customarily viewed by scholars as a paladin of religious freedom. Yet there is reason to question that view.
The Separation of Church and State is About Freedom For Religion not Freedom From Religion
by Christopher Binetti
History shows that the State is more of a threat to the Church than vice-versa.
Do GOP Candidates Want Religious Freedom or the Closing of Mosques? They Can’t Have Both.
by John Fea
It’s time to stop the hypocrisy of pretending they can.
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