The politics of religious freedom – COVID-19 edition

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Religious freedom — specifically, who gets it and how we define it — in recent years has been a hot topic in the U.S., and it continues to be in the midst of a global pandemic.
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Religious Freedom in the Time of COVID-19

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Some churches agree that governments have power to restrict religious freedom during a global pandemic, but they’ve pushed for clarity and precision in the governments’ approach.
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Telescope Media Group v. Luthero: Federal appellate court weighs in on the religious liberty culture war

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Courts are facing the thorny issue of balancing religious liberty and anti-discrimination laws and have to answer the question, do religious believers engaged in for-profit businesses have to produce goods and services that violate their deeply held religious beliefs?
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‘In God We Trust’ in South Dakota Schools — and What Comes Next

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Students across the nation are heading back to school and for public school students in South Dakota, they will be greeted with prominent displays of “In God We Trust” inscribed on walls in stencil or paint.
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A Domestic Role for the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights

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Commentators worry that the Commission on Unalienable Rights aims to redefine international human rights specifically in order to influence U.S. conceptions of rights.
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Quebec’s Bill 21 and the Enforcement of ‘Liberal Values’

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This ardent defense of secularism is part of Quebec’s pushback against an “orthodoxy” that many Québécois fear will undermine “liberal values.”
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Does the Supreme Court have a Religious Double Standard? Factors to Consider.

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If the Supreme Court is paying attention to public dialogue about unfairness at the court, more robust conversations on this bias can affect how justices grapple with future cases.
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Mosque Attacks and the Delegitimization of Islam

When it comes to Muslims, the newest tool for dehumanization is the
delegitimization of Islam itself.
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Why Keeping the 40-foot Peace Cross Might be Good for Religious Minorities

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On Feb. 27, the Supreme Court will hear arguments about the constitutionality of the 40-foot Peace Cross on government property in Bladensburg, Md.
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The Religious Freedom Restoration Act — A Political Lightning Rod

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As much as today’s political debates make it hard to do so, it’s important to celebrate the major victories that Americans across the political and religious spectrum can agree on.
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