Title

Legal Skirmishes and Religious Freedom in Contemporary Christianity

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Source Publication

The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook of Contemporary Christianity in the United States

Publication Date

2-2022

Editor

Mark A. Lamport

Publisher

Rowman & Littlefield

City

Lanham, MD

ISBN

9781538138809

First Page

116

Last Page

129

Department

Religious Studies

Description

Since the origins of the United States, American Christians have cherished religious freedom as an ideal. But religious liberty for all has been far from realized at any point in American history. Non-Christian minorities and sectarian groups have historically faced the most significant constraints on their religious freedoms. But over the past decade, many conservative Christians have come to believe that their own religious liberties are under siege in American culture. After tracing the history of the Supreme Court’s evolving interpretations of the right to “free exercise” of religion, this chapter analyzes recent legal issues and political disagreements that often place conservative Christians and liberal Christians at odds in contemporary debates about religious freedom.

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