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Podcast: Religious liberty at the Supreme Court

April 20, 2017 by NCC Staff


Does the exclusion of churches from an otherwise neutral and secular government aid program violate the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment?

That’s the central question in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, one of the most important cases at the Supreme Court this term. The Court’s decision may be a landmark in the ongoing competition between “neutralist” and “separatist” visions of the relationship between church and state.

Joining We the People to discuss the issues and best arguments in Trinity Lutheran are two of America’s leading experts on religious liberty and the Constitution.

Marci Hamilton is a Fox Family Pavilion Distinguished Scholar in Residence in the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds the Paul R. Verkuil Research Chair at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. She also wrote about the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment with Michael McConnell of Stanford Law School for the Constitution Center’s Interactive Constitution.

Hannah Smith is Senior Counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. She was a member of the legal team that won some of the biggest religion cases in recent years, including Holt v. Hobbs and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.

Show Notes

This show was engineered by Jason Gregory and produced by Nicandro Iannacci. Research was provided by Lana Ulrich and Tom Donnelly. The host of We the People is Jeffrey Rosen.

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