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Law structures our engagement with the economy and the environment: it creates a framework within which people make their decisions and choices.
The patent office was not only given the mandate to consider laboratory life as chemistry, but the mantle of apolitical neutrality to cloak its actions.
If you’re not able to block the contraceptive coverage requirements, and you’re not able to block same-sex marriage, then an alternative strategy is to argue based on religious liberty for exemptions from laws protecting that conduct.
One of the most powerful ways that religious freedom has worked historically is as a tool for US empire and white supremacy. It might be counterintuitive or subversive to speak of religious freedom as a tool of empire, but that’s clearly its role.
What does religion in general, and Christianity in particular, have to do with rights and human rights?
The open public sphere provides the resources of those identities and values that support liberal democracy, while acknowledging the wounds and blessings of social systems and avoiding the demonization of those with different opinions.