Katrina Lantos Swett is the chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and president of the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice. She is an expert on religious freedom and human rights issues around the world.
Dalia Hashad is the Arab, Muslim, South Asian advocate for the American Civil Liberties Union. She is part of the Campaign Against Racial Profiling, which focuses on issues facing Arab, Muslim and South Asian Americans in a post-9/11 world.
James D. Cox is a professor of law at Duke University Law School in Durham, N.C. He is an expert on corporate law and filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court supporting the government’s position in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga challenge to the contraception mandate. The brief argues, in part, that the religious values […]
Neil Siegel is a professor of law and political science and co-director of the Program in Public Law at Duke University in Durham, N.C. He is an expert on constitutional law and theory, and the Supreme Court. Much of his recent work has been on the Affordable Care Act. He clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Religious freedom has become the broad catchphrase in today’s biggest culture war issues. The Obama administration’s contraception mandate is the latest example, as the Supreme Court ruled June 30 in favor of Hobby Lobby and another corporation that wanted to opt out of birth control coverage.
Read a March 25, 2014, essay from The American Conservative‘s Patrick J. Deneen, who decries what he calls “the absurdity of a chain store representing the voice of religion in the defense of life amid an economy and polity that values turning people and nature into things.”
According to LifeWay Research findings released in November 2012, 43 percent of Americans “strongly agreed” and 20 percent “somewhat agreed” that businesses should be required to provide employees with health care coverage that includes contraception at no cost even if it violates the business owners’ religious convictions.
The Coalition to Stop the HHS Mandate, also known as the Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally Coalition, includes more than 100 groups nationwide that say the contraception coverage mandate infringes on religious liberty. The coalition’s website includes a hotlinked list of member organizations.
Read a March 19, 2014, essay by Tracy Fessenden, associate director of the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies at Arizona State University, exploring some of the legal points that could sway the court in the Hobby Lobby case.