The First Amendment guarantees religious freedom as a core American value: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”For a good long time, those words were interpreted to mean that the government can’t regulate what people are allowed to believe. Of course, the government can regulate how people behave, as long as it’s even-handed in that regulation. So, for example, bigamy can be prohibited, as long as the law applies to everybody and isn’t specifically targeted at Mormons with sister wives. This system makes good sense, because otherwise, any criminal could defend his or her behavior by simply saying the commission of the crime was essential to some religious practice.Fast-forward to the 1960s. Post-Civil Rights Movement, the legal interpretation of “religious freedom” widened. SCOTUS issued some rulings that permitted people to break laws when those laws directly interfered with religious practices. Seventh-Day Adventists, for example, were exempted from working on their Sabbath, and Amish families didn’t have to send their kids to high school. Of course, anyone familiar with slippery slopes was concerned that this whole “let’s be sure to respect people’s religious practices” thing might get out of hand (spoiler alert, we’ve… Read full this story
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