Activist on the left are using religious freedom–a value often championed by American conservatives–to defend their actions in court. The case of Scott Warren, who was being charged for helping undocumented immigrants at the border for his work with No More Deaths, ended in a hung jury. The Economist spoke with CRCC’s Executive Director Brie Loskota about the politics of religious freedom.
Here’s an excerpt from the piece:
If the pious owners of a corporation can argue that their freedom is substantially burdened by a health-care plan, then it becomes a bit more plausible for an altruistic aid worker, or even a pacifist nun, to say that freedom is being curtailed unless they too are free to act on their ideals. As Brie Loskota of the University of Southern California puts it: “Conservatives have turned religious freedom into a super-right that undermines all others…their new idea is that an individual conscience can override absolutely anything.”
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