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Religious Freedom

Respecting human dignity requires that we respect the core elements of how people and groups identify themselves, including their religious beliefs. Religious belief has been a powerful motivation for protecting the rights and liberties of others; it kindled movements to abolish slavery and protect Americans’ civil rights. For millions of Americans, religion is the source of the values required in a free society, such as understanding, respect and sacrifice for others. Additionally, religious institutions provide irreplaceable care for the most vulnerable people in society.

For all of these reasons, the right to exercise religion is a fundamental human right. The law should respect the independence of religious institutions, defend the right of conscience, and protect the right of individuals to act on their religious beliefs, while establishing reasonable protections for public health and safety in a spirit of fairness for all.

Policy

Religious Freedom

Respecting human dignity requires that we respect the core elements of how people and groups identify themselves, including their religious beliefs. Religious belief has been a powerful motivation for protecting the rights and liberties of others; it kindled movements to abolish slavery and protect Americans’ civil rights. For millions of Americans, religion is the source of the values required in a free society, such as understanding, respect and sacrifice for others. Additionally, religious institutions provide irreplaceable care for the most vulnerable people in society.

For all of these reasons, the right to exercise religion is a fundamental human right. The law should respect the independence of religious institutions, defend the right of conscience, and protect the right of individuals to act on their religious beliefs, while establishing reasonable protections for public health and safety in a spirit of fairness for all.

Research & Insights

Free speech case with potential implications for religious (and other) professionals

This case should establish whether the state can require creative professionals and businesses to send messages even if it does not express antipathy to the professional or business beliefs.

Counterintuitive idea: Does religious freedom require abortion access?

Is there any legal merit to the claim that protecting religious freedom requires unfettered access to abortion? A safe legalistic answer would be, “It depends.”

Why the U.S. is ‘eternally vigilant’ against suppression of speech

Putting aside whether listening to every possible opinion is actually the best way to discern truth, there are lessons from the Supreme Court’s extremely broad protection of speech for parallel matters like religious freedom.

Administration hits pause on gender-identity health rule

Laws can create moral quandaries for providers who are people of faith and for faith-based organizations that provide medical care.

Justices find unanimity in new religious freedom ruling

Supreme Court is united in ruling this week against city of Boston over refusal to allow flag.

Government shouldn’t decide which churches ‘deserve’ a tax exemption

While avoiding entanglement between church and state is probably the key legal reason for tax exemptions for churches, that policy also advances some important public (and secular) interests.

Coach’s Supreme Court case highlights clash of First Amendment clauses

A religious freedom case that was argued this week before the Supreme Court is particularly important because it involves conflicting claims, each based on a different part of the First Amendment.

Legislature reflects and respects Utah’s increasing diversity

Support was broad and bipartisan for bills including condemnation of antisemitism, improved health care support for racial and ethnic communities, and recognition of Juneteenth as a state holiday.

Take joy in the freedom to worship (or not) that we have in the U.S.

Easter, Ramadan and Passover all fall in the month of April this year – a good time to remember those who live in conditions where expressions of belief are aggressively or even violently discouraged.

Supreme Court to address exercise of religion in the workplace

The question of religious discrimination in employment is a pressing one for a few thousand people every year.

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