Prof. Hadley Arkes at the Kirby Center: "Recasting the Case for Religious Liberty"

In light of cases now before the U.S. Supreme Court, Prof. Hadley Arkes suggests that we need to recast and sharpen the argument for religious freedom.  When the claims of religious freedom are put forth as claims merely for “beliefs,” they detach the argument from claims of “truth.”  They offer a plea then for “tolerance” and they claim, at most, an “exemption” for the laws imposed on others.  In that way, the argument for religious freedom gives up the ground of moral opposition to the laws that are being resisted. But the religious tradition is planted in deeply with the moral ground of our laws, and it finds a more compelling defense in the principles that have been central to the rule of law.

 

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  • Prof. Hadley Arkes at the Kirby Center: "Recasting the Case for Religious Liberty"

    February 20, 2014