Prof. Mary Ann Glendon is the Learned Hand Professor at Harvard University Law School. In the following article from the current America Magazine, Professor Glendon examines ongoing and unprecedented government assaults on religious liberty. At the federal level, these include the NLRB’s recent, unsuccessful challenge to the right of the Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran congregation to choose its own ministers that was recently blocked by the Supreme Court and, now, the HHS health insurance mandate that would allow federal regulations to co-opt both the First Amendment and an employer’s freedom of conscience. In analyzing how the government threatens religion’s traditionally robust contribution to public dialogue, Glendon warns that these attempts not only pose a fundamental threat to religious liberty but to the unique vitality of American democracy itself.
|Mary Ann Glendon, a former U S Ambassador to the Holy See, is Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and currently serves as the first female President of the Roman Catholic Church’s official Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Her expertise is in the fields of bioethics, comparative constitutional rights and human rights in international law. Her many books include: Traditions in Turmoil, A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, A Nation Under Lawyers: How the Crisis in the Legal Profession is Transforming American Society, Rights Talk: The Impoverishment of Political Discourse, and (edited with David Blankenhorn) Seedbeds of Virtue: Sources of Competence, Character, and Citizenship in American Society.|
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First of Freedoms?
MARY ANN GLENDON