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Religious Freedom Toolkit

Christian Legal Society is pleased to provide this Religious Freedom Toolkit, featuring various articles and resources recommended by CLS Center Director, Kim Colby, to equip law students, lawyers, and laypersons to defend religious freedom in their daily work and conversations.

Kim Colby’s article Equipped to Defend Religious Freedom appeared in CLS' Journal of Christian Legal Thought in the Fall of 2016. Below are the links to the articles and books mentioned in Equipped to Defend Religious Freedom.


Why Protect Religious Freedom? by Michael W. McConnell

Is Religious Freedom Irrational? by Michael Stokes Paulsen

Religious Liberty and the Culture Wars by Douglas Laycock

Sex, Atheism, and the Free Exercise of Religion by Douglas Laycock

Progressive Arguments for Religious Organizational Freedom: Reflections on the HHS Mandate by Thomas C. Berg

Religious Accommodation and the Welfare State by Thomas C. Berg

Partly Acculturated Religious Activity: A Case for Accommodating Religious Nonprofits by Thomas C. Berg

Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving through Deep Difference by John D. Inazu 

Free to Serve by Stpehen V. Monsma and Stanley W. Carlson-Thies

The Socio-economic Contribution of Religion to American Society: An Empirical Analysis by Brian J. Grim and Melissa E. Grim

Federal Contractors, Title VII, and LGBT Employment Discrimination: Can Religious Organizations Continue to Staff on a Religious Basis? by Carl H. Esbeck 

Conscience Wars: Complicity-Based Conscience Claims in Religions and Politics by Professor Douglas NeJaime and Professor Reva B. Siegel

Religious Liberty for Politically Active Minority Groups: A Response to NeJaime and Siegel by Douglas Laycock

Disaster: The Worst Religious Freedom Case in Fifty Years by Michael Stokes Paulsen 

Religious Accommodations And – And Among – Civil Rights: Separation, Toleration, and Accommodation by Richard W. Garnett

Religious Freedom and the Nondiscrimination Norm, in Austin Surat, ed., Matters of Faith: Religious Experience and Legal Response by Richard W. Garnett

When Religious Exemptions Cause Third-Party Harms: Is the Establishment Clause Violated? by Carl H. Esbeck

The State of Religious Liberty in the United States, Written Statement Before the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice of the House Judiciary Committee on June 10, 2014 by Kim Colby

How the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Benefits All Americans by Kim Colby 

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act by Kim Colby