Religious Liberty at the Supreme Court with William J. Haun

William J. Haun & Daniel Kane

August 02, 2020

Legal and cultural debates involving religious liberty are converging toward a single question: Is free religious exercise an element of the common good, that contributes to society’s overall well-being? In the landmark 1990 case of Employment Division v. Smith, the answer was no.

But the Supreme Court issued several decisions favorable to religious liberty in the 2019-2020 term, and the Roberts Court looks likely to reconsider Smith this fall. Guest William J. Haun joins to discuss the recent Court term and the future of religious liberty at the nation’s highest court.

William J. Haun is counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which recently represented the Little Sisters of the Poor, Our Lady of Guadalupe School, and St. James Catholic School before the Supreme Court. Will also represents Catholic Social Services before the Court. This podcast discusses themes from Will’s essay in the Spring 2020 issue of National Affairs, “Religious Liberty and the Common Good.”


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