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Robert A. Leflar Law Center
Waterman Hall
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Phone: (479) 575-5601

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Holier Than You and Me: ‘Religious Liberty’ Is the New Bully Pulpit and Its New Meaning Is Endangering Our Way of Life

Marsha B. Freeman

This article will examine the ever-growing world of sanctioned bullying we occupy today, fueled in large part by the rise of not just customary politics, but more specifically, religious politics. Part I will focus on the enormity of said religious politics in today’s world, including how theoretically constitutionally separate religious views are nevertheless permeating legal and social decisions. Part II will examine the outgrowth from these changes on the socio-legal repercussions surrounding major controversial areas including immigration, racism and abortion. Part III will view today’s super-charged political world as both provocateur and outcome of these other components. Part IV and the conclusion will try to find a rational methodology to recognizing, yet still respecting differences, and a hopeful path to a return to civility in our everyday lives.

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