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ERIC Number: EJ1134955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1946
The Aftermath of "Hobby Lobby" and "Obergefell": A Reconceptualization of Religious Freedom in the United States and Its Potential Implications for Public Schools and Pluralist Democracies
Bindewald, Benjamin J.; Rosenblith, Suzanne; Green, Bob
Educational Studies: Journal of the American Educational Studies Association, v53 n2 p135-154 2017
Restricting public employees' free exercise rights or the State to maintain neutrality toward religion has been longstanding precedent in the United States. It has certainly been the case in US public schools beginning in the 1940s and affirmed through the courts over and again through much of the 20th century. The aftermath of 2 recent Supreme Court decisions challenges this long-held precedent, however, as it has led to several instances in which public employees have requested religious exemptions from their professional obligations (e.g., Kentucky court clerk Kim Davis' refusal to grant marriage certificates to same-sex couples). This article provides a foundational framework for exploring the recent reconceptualization of religious freedom and its possible implications for public schools and the larger project of advancing a liberal, pluralist democracy were teachers to refuse to fulfill central elements of their job on the basis of religious objections.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Establishment Clause; Abington v Schempp; Lemon v Kurtzman; Lee v Weisman
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