With the brouhaha over SCOTUS’s Hobby Lobby decision winding down, I though it would be worth having a look at some fine commentary on the issues raised, as they relate to the decision itself, the broader question of religious freedom, as well as what can be said in the context of the culture war in which such questions are fronts of dispute.
Three clear and concise accounts of the decision where those given by Robbie George, Ryan Anderson, and Ilya Shapiro at First Things, Public Discourse, and The Federalist, respectively. Given the absurd reaction by many liberals, Damon Linker’s essay at The Week was a model of welcome sobriety.
Matthew Frank considers the immediate future of religious freedom.
For a wider view of the ebb and flow of religious liberty in the US, Ed Whelan reviews Steven D. Smith, The Rise and Decline of American Religious Freedom.
The Culture War:
The Hobby Lobby decision has received overwhelming attention, as opposed to other SCOTUS decisions delivered in the last fortnight, apart from the ruling on abortion buffer zones, precisely because both these issues are fronts in the culture war that is gaining pace both here in the US and abroad. At First Things, R. R. Reno concludes, I think rightly, that unless we win the battle over culture, all these legal wins achieve is buying us some time. Nonetheless, both the decision and the time bought are precious given the secular inertia that needs to be set aright. In light of this, Pete Spiliakos considers the importance of winning over public opinion.
More to come.