The issue of religious liberty is everywhere in the news and current events. The term often emerges alongside hot-button issues like abortion and sexual identity. “Religious liberty” or “religious freedom” is often placed in quote marks throughout news stories, as if to signify there’s more going on than meets the eye. What is going on? The public discussion of this issue wasn’t always this way; religious liberty used to be fairly uncontroversial. So what happened?
As we begin to answer this question, we will explain (1) what we mean by religious liberty, (2) who is affected, (3) why this is happening, (4) why you should care, and (5) what you can do about it. We will follow up with some answers to common questions.