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A Backgrounder on HHS Mandate and Hobby Lobby

Over the weekend, my friend Professor Anthony Gill (a political scientist at the University of Washington, Seattle) interviewed me for his weekly podcast Research on Religion, supported by Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion.  For about an hour we discussed the religious freedom issues at stake in the Hobby Lobby case that will be argued in the Supreme Court next month, going over the background in First Amendment jurisprudence, the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the manner in which the HHS contraception-abortifacient mandate came about, and the prospects ahead in the decision of this important case.  Many readers of this blog will already be familiar with the case and the issues it involves.  But if not–or if you have friends who ask you “what’s that all about?”–this should be a useful primer.  Tony Gill is a terrific interviewer, and we covered a lot of ground.  You can find the podcast here.



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