Burwell v. Hobby Lobby: Religious Liberty


The First Amendment to the Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Over the course of American history, but beginning especially in the 20th century, the Supreme Court has heard numerous cases related to the right to religious liberty. While the fundamental issue has always been the proper relationship between individual liberty and the political community, many contemporary legal disputes about religious liberty have arisen as a result of a changing popular culture.


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Adam Carrington is assistant professor of politics at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Ashland University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Baylor University.