By in large, the decision was hailed as a victory for religious liberty by proponents of accomodationist views of the religion clauses, and criticized as a further crumbling of the wall between church and state by those of the separationist school.
Thus, the elephant in the room remains – whether these state law provisions are a legitimate basis for denying religious schools the right to participate in state educational voucher programs.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2017/10/2/trinity-lutheran-and-free-exercise-as-a-non-discrimination-norm
Chief Justice Roberts was on pretty solid ground when he observed, in his opinion for the Court in the recent Trinity Lutheran case, that “[y]oungsters . . . often fall on the playground or tumble from the equipment. And when they do, the gravel can be unforgiving.” And, the foundation is no less firm for the Court’s conclusion that the First Amendment does not permit governments to discriminate against religious believers and organizations when distributing public benefits.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2017/10/2/a-firm-foundation-for-the-trinity-lutheran-decision
By Judd Birdsall
But what about beyond America’s shores? The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998, signed by President Bill Clinton, enshrined combating persecution and promoting religious freedom for all people everywhere as core U.S. foreign policy objectives. And the act lists specific responsibilities for the president. This raises the question: After a campaign full of battles over belief, will the next president be able to liberate our global promotion of religious liberty from our domestic culture wars?
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/11/7/care-about-religious-freedom-worldwide-one-of-the-candidates-would-be-a-disaster
By Kevin den Dulk
Is Hillary Clinton a defender of religious freedom—or its greatest threat on November’s ballot? The answer to that stark question has become increasingly important – and contested – in the 2016 campaign. If you ask Clinton herself, the answer is clear.
Permanent Link: https://www.religiousfreedominstitute.org/cornerstone/2016/10/20/what-do-we-know-about-hillary-clinton-and-religious-freedom
By: Carl H. Esbeck & Stanley Carlson-Thies
Ours is a time of polarization, partisanship, and decline in religion’s influence in public life, with heated debates about government’s relationship with religion. And yet, receiving little attention but no less significant than the divisiveness, is the 20-year bipartisan cooperation over federal aid to religious organizations that serve the poor and needy.
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