Religious Institutions Claiming First Amendment Rights Are Being Violated


Some places of worship are claiming their First Amendment rights are being violated by state orders limiting gatherings.


USC Law Professor Nomi Stolzenberg says there’s no basis for claims made by places of worship that they’re being discriminated against. Judges have handed down different rulings and Stolzenberg explain there are two ways of interpreting religious liberty and the free exercise clause in the U.S. Constitution. She says the classical liberal view holds that the right to religious liberty is “inherently limited by the obligation not to exercise your right in a way that interferes with the fundamental rights of others.” Meantime, Stolzenberg says religious conservatives advocate a different narrative that she describes as an “absolutist vision.”