As part of the SCOTUSblog symposium on the Roberts court and the religion clause, Catholic Law Professor Mark Rienzi wrote an essay analyzing major SCOTUS decisions from the 2019-2020 term and the long-term trend toward peaceful pluralism within the law of religious liberty.
By: Mark Rienzi
Date: August 5, 2020
Symposium: Amid polarization and chaos, the court charts a path toward peaceful pluralism
“Amid the turmoil, there was one area of the law in which the justices seemed to be weaving together a set of precedents that could nurture some long-term peace. The term’s religious liberty decisions touched on a wide variety of subjects: teachers at religious schools, religious exemptions from federal mandates, and state constitutional provisions rooted in anti-Catholic bigotry. But all of the court’s religion-related decisions harmonized around the principle that, despite all our honest and deep-seated disagreements about important questions, robust protection for religious dissenters is essential to our living together in a pluralistic society.”
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