Research & Insights
As the pandemic restrictions were just settling in, Sutherland noted that the situation was an important “stress test” for how the government would treat fundamental rights, like religious exercise. Now that there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel – though still a ways away – what are the preliminary test results?
The value of constitutional protections is highest when they are necessary to protect those who would not be protected in the normal political process.
During this first full week of 2021, many feel relieved that 2020 is behind us: We’ve concluded a tumultuous year of pandemic lockdowns, economic hardship and election controversy. Beyond that relief, however, it is critical that we ask ourselves how to make 2021 (and beyond) better.
It is not uncommon for presidents to try to quickly get some things done before they leave office. This particular action, though, highlights some important realities.
With the change in presidential administrations, speculation (and advice) about the relative priority to give to religious freedom concerns is rising.
Choose this season to develop civic character. Reject the complacent comfort of the view that only those who agree with you are grounded in reason and morality. Rise above the allure of the path that rejects democratic outcomes because they don’t fit your political preferences.