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Religious Liberty in Court

Saturday, July 25th, 2020

I’m going to round up some news and commentary about law and religion.

A church in Nevada complained it was not given the same liberties to open as casinos: “Calvary Chapel only seeks to host about 90 people at a socially-distanced church service, while the governor allows hundreds to thousands of people to gamble and enjoy entertainment at casinos.” The Supreme Court declined to hear the suit in question by a 5–4 vote.

In a 2018 interview, Constitutional law scholar Rob Natelson explains that “sectarian” in the context of legal language forbidding the use of tax dollars for “sectarian” schools meant something like religiously aberrant, not merely religious. In other words, by this historical usage, a mainstream religious school was “non-sectarian.” Today, from what I can tell, most people use the term “sectarian” to mean “religious,” and that’s how I use the term. Etymologically, the term relates to “sect.”

Last updated July 28.