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New Angles in the Religious Liberty Debate

Jul 16, 2015
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With the Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage the law of the land, opponents of that decision are looking to religious liberty as the next forum for debate. But the first amendment’s ‘free exercise of religion’ has much deeper roots, and broader implications than gay rights, from Muslim headscarves to contraception insurance coverage.

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A sheriff’s office employee in Hampton Virginia alleges that in 2009 he was professionally de-friended after “liking” the Facebook page of his boss’s political opponent.  But in a wrongful termination suit that concluded earlier this year, a judge ruled the other way…saying that “merely ‘liking’ a Facebook is insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection.”  Ken Paulson is President and CEO of the F