Liberty: A Vote or a Veto? -- Sightings (Nathan C. Walker)
There has been much debate recently about the nature of religious liberty. In the United States where do we draw the line between religion and government. Nathan Walker points out the discordant ways in which "liberty" is being used by some as a veto on the liberties of others. So, for instance, several states have passed laws that prohibit the use of Sharia (Islamic law) in judicial cases, but many of the supporters of these kinds of laws suggest that the requirement that insurance plans cover contraception is an infringement on their religious values. Although the ACA exempts religious organizations, Dominos Pizza and Hobby Lobby want to exempt themselves -- since Citizens United has determined that corporations are people too, the religious views of these Christian owners should determine the insurance coverage of their employees, even if religion has no place in their employment. As you read through this it's clear that a tangled web is being woven in our midst!