We're Facing the Results of the Dems' Retreat from Secularism
by Jacques Berlinerblau
By trying to match the Republicans on bringing Christian faith into policy, Democrats abandoned the difficult but necessary struggles to define how a diverse society protects religious freedom for majority and minority faiths – and those of no faith.
SOURCE: New York Review of Books
How Rights Went Right
by David Cole
Is an all-or-nothing view of constitutional rights at the root of growing cultural clashes pitting civil rights against the free exercise of religion? A new book suggests alternatives.
SOURCE: Editorial Board
Should Your Taxes Fund Religious Schools? Why SCOTUS Might Say Yes
Christopher Jon Sprigman of NYU Law discusses the oral arguments in Carson v. Makin, and how the conservatives on the Court seem to be maximizing "free exercise" over "establishment."
SOURCE: New York Times
Jefferson Statue to be Removed from NY City Council Chambers
"Annette Gordon-Reed, a Harvard Law School professor and a Jefferson expert, objected to the idea of taking down the Jefferson statue, but said that if it were to move to the New-York Historical Society, where she serves as a trustee, it would be a best-case scenario."
Jefferson's Other Legacy: Religious Liberty
by Cameron Addis
Thomas Jefferson's critics have pointed out his ownership of slaves as reason to question his continued relevance as a symbol of freedom. But his commitment to religious liberty helped to prevent violent sectarian conflict and should be honored.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
How Joseph Smith and the Early Mormons Challenged American Democracy
by Casey Cep
In Nauvoo, Illinois, Smith established a theocracy, ran for President, and tested the limits of religious freedom.
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