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Not Just a Religious Thing: Why Nonbelievers Should Oppose the “Contraceptive Mandate”

Not Just a Religious Thing: Why Nonbelievers Should Oppose the “Contraceptive Mandate”

February 21, 2013 at 9:00 am 15 comments

by Evan Bernick  Why should anyone who doesn’t have a religious objection to the Affordable Care Act’s “contraceptive mandate” care about it one way or the other? As a legal fellow with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, I’ve spent the last few months defending religious employers against the government’s efforts to impose […]

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Judge’s Mandatory Church Attendance Does Not Violate the U.S. Constitution

Judge’s Mandatory Church Attendance Does Not Violate the U.S. Constitution

January 8, 2013 at 9:00 am 0 comments

by Adam Freedman Can a judge sentence you to church?  An Oklahoma judge’s decision to require a youthful offender to attend church has provoked near-universal criticism as an unconstitutional breach of religious freedom.  But the conventional wisdom is wrong: the judge’s sentence does not violate the Constitution. Shortly before Thanksgiving, […]

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The Culture Wars a-Comin’?

The Culture Wars a-Comin’?

December 20, 2012 at 7:00 am 1 comment

by Peter Smith Several recent events, both parochial and national, indicate the transformation underway in British public discourse. Every October since 2004, the Battle of Ideas has been run in London’s Barbican Centre, a trendy arts establishment in the heart of the City. The Battle is a weekend-long series of […]

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Community vs. Country

Community vs. Country

December 6, 2012 at 9:00 am 0 comments

What Can Europe’s Religious Wars Teach Us About Big Government by Trevor Burrus Throughout the 16th and 17th Centuries wars of religion raged throughout Europe. These came to a head in the Thirty Years’ War, a period during which most of central Europe, centering on what is now central Germany […]

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The Dubious Argument that the Establishment Clause Bars Pro-Life Laws

The Dubious Argument that the Establishment Clause Bars Pro-Life Laws

October 25, 2012 at 10:15 am 2 comments

by Jessica Bell I’ll admit it: I read comments on online news stories. I like to get a sense of the opinions of laypeople who are motivated enough about a topic (or have enough free time) to weigh in. I have found that whenever the topic of abortion arises, invariably […]

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Turning Private to Public:

Turning Private to Public:

October 15, 2012 at 8:30 am 1 comment

How the First Amendment Can Inspire a Fairer Economy by Matt Cavedon One of the most noble, and difficult, tasks of a democratic society is to turn the political efforts of individuals and groups away from seeking their gain at the expense of others, and towards an order which serves […]

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Reasonably Accommodating Religious Beliefs

Reasonably Accommodating Religious Beliefs

October 12, 2012 at 7:00 am 1 comment

by Peter Smith Widen the scope for religious freedom so employees don’t have to quit their jobs. In each of the cases discussed in my previous articles (see here and here), the need for litigation could have been avoided completely if a proper accommodation of religious practices was accepted. Both […]

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Contradictory Positions on First Amendment Freedoms

Contradictory Positions on First Amendment Freedoms

October 9, 2012 at 8:45 am 0 comments

by Prof. Patrick Garry There are two consistent truths about First Amendment speech and religion freedoms: first, there is always someone or some group in favor of them, while at the same time someone or some group opposed to them; and second, there is often little consistency from case to […]

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Religious Freedom at Work

Religious Freedom at Work

October 1, 2012 at 7:00 am 2 comments

by Peter Smith Religious freedom in the UK is being tried and tested, and its protections have been found wanting. Last time, I considered the cases of Ewedia and Chaplin, who were prevented from wearing crosses as jewellery whilst at work. Two other conjoined cases were heard at the same […]

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Sandra Fluke, Free Exercise, and the Contraception/Abortion Mandate

Sandra Fluke, Free Exercise, and the Contraception/Abortion Mandate

September 20, 2012 at 9:30 am 0 comments

by Adam Freedman No speaker at the recent Democratic National Convention – with the possible exception of Bill Clinton – generated more buzz than Sandra Fluke.  Fluke, of course, is the former law student who made headlines when she testified in Congress in favor of a then-proposed rule that would […]

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