It probably comes as a surprise to no one that cases with issues of religious liberty regularly make their way before the Supreme Court. What might surprise many, however, is that there is a lot of agreement if not unanimity among justices when they decide such cases. In 2023, the justices returned a 9-0 decision in a religious liberty case regarding a US Postal Service worker who sought a religious accommodation to abstain from work on Sundays. The court sided with the postal worker. There were of course other cases decided this summer that received a good deal of attention, especially ones pertaining to affirmative action, student loan debt forgiveness, and the freedom of expression of a web designer. As has become our custom here on Church Life Today, we are hosting Notre Dame Law Professor Rick Garnett to walk us through some of these decisions, especially in regard to questions of religious liberty.
This is the sixth episode that Professor Garnett has recorded with us, which puts him in the lead as our top contributor. When he is not appearing on Church Life Today, Rick is the Paul J. Schierl/Fort Howard Corporation Professor of Law in the Notre Dame Law School. He is also Concurrent Professor of Political Science and Director of the Program on Church, State & Society. He teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, criminal law, the First Amendment, and law and religion.
● “Refreshing Unity on Religious Liberty,” essay by Rick Garnett in Law & Liberty
● “Rick Garnett on Religious Liberty,” podcast episode via Church Life Today
● “2020 SCOTUS Decisions, Part 1, with Rick Garnett,” podcast episode via Church Life Today
● “2020 SCOTUS Decisions, Part 2, with Rick Garnett,” podcast episode via Church Life today
● “2022 SCOTUS: Dobbs, Roe, and Abortion Law, with Rick Garnett,” podcast episode via Church Life Today
● “2022 SCOTUS: Religious Liberty Cases, with Rick Garnett,” podcast episode via Church Life Today
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