Religion and Law

Have religious liberty claims gone too far?


Courts are faced with an increasing number of cases dealing with conflicts between religion and law. The Supreme Court opened a new door to religious liberty claims in June when it allowed some employers an exemption from the Obama administration's mandate to include coverage for contraceptives in employee health plans. The decision marked the first explicit holding that secular, for-profit corporations can claim an exemption under federal laws protecting religious rights. Social conservatives and many faith groups praised the decision. Women's health groups and advocates of church-state separation argue it may limit access to contraceptives. A similar conflict is developing as some businesses claim religious objections to providing services to gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender individuals. Religious conservatives say government regulation threatens religious liberty; church-state ...

locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles