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Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination

ISBN : 9780190603076

John Corvino; Sherif Girgis; Ryan T. Anderson
352 ページ
140 x 210 mm

In recent years public debates have raged about whether the right to religious liberty includes the right to discriminate against others. From a county clerk in Kentucky who refused to sign same sex marriage certificates,to private companies whose religious owners refuse to coverthe cost of contraceptives to employees per the AffordableCare Act, this seemingly intractable question showcases thedeep legal, cultural, and philosophical divides inAmerica. Most Americans support religious liberty, and most oppose discrimination. But how do we handle the hard questions that arise when exercises of religious liberty seem to discriminate unjustly? How do we promote the common good while respecting conscience in a diverse society? This point-counterpoint book brings together leading voices in the culture wars to debate such questions: John Corvino, a longtime LGBT-rights advocate, opposite Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis, prominent young defenders of the traditional view of marriage. Many such questions have arisen in response to same-sex marriage: How should we treat county clerks who do not wish to authorize such marriages, for example; or bakers, florists, and photographers who do not wish to service same-sex weddings? But the conflicts are not limited to the LGBT-rights arena. And they implicate age-old questions about ethics, law, and public policy. The differences between Corvino and Girgis/Anderson are nuanced, they run deep, and they implicate perennial questions about the value of religion, the role of government, and the challenges of living in a diverse and free society. The debate developed by both sides illustrates why religious liberty is important and what respecting it requires.


I. Introduction: New Challenges, Old Questions
Ryan T. Anderson, John Corvino, and Sherif Girgis

II. Religious Liberty, Not Religious Privilege
John Corvino
1. Religious Liberty and Religious Privilege: Some Context
2. The Trouble with Today's Religious Exemptions
3. Why Religious Exemptions?
4. Discrimination and the Law
5. Bigotry and Social Pressure
6. Conclusion

III. Against the New Puritanism: Empowering All, Encumbering None
Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis
1. Public Policy after Same-Sex Marriage
2. Ethics and Politics
3. Religion and Conscience, Civil Society and Pluralism
4. The History of Our First Freedom
5. Dignity, Discrimination, and Coercion
6. Anti-Discrimination Law
7. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Laws: A Challenge to Supporters

IV. Reply to Anderson and Girgis
John Corvino
1. Limits v. Exemptions
2. The Good of Moral and Religious Integrity
3. Anti-Discrimination Laws

V. Reply to Corvino
Ryan T. Anderson and Sherif Girgis
1. Accommodations and Exemptions
2. Discrimination, Race, and Conscientious Refusals
3. God

About the Authors


John Corvino is Chair of the Philosophy Department at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is the co-author (with Maggie Gallagher) of Debating Same-Sex Marriage (June 2012) and the author of What's Wrong with Homosexuality? (January 2013), both from Oxford University Press.; Ryan T. Anderson is the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in American Principles and Public Policy at The Heritage Foundation, and the founder and editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey.; Sherif Girgis is a political theorist and a leading academic critic of same-sex marriage.