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Private Religious Discrimination, National Security, and the First Amendment

Harvard Law and Policy Review, Vol. 5, p. 347, 2011

U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 373

31 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2012  

Aziz Z. Huq

University of Chicago - Law School

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This essay identifies a negative feedback loop between private discrimination directed at American Muslims and security against terrorism. The first part of the loop is familiar: Concerns about terrorism animate greater antipathy toward outsiders. The second part is novel: social discrimination corrodes trust in the police and makes cooperation with police less likely. Insecurity thus creates discrimination, which deepens insecurity. The Religion Clauses of the First Amendment, now greatly weakened, still provide one tool to break this negative feedback loop.

Keywords: Religion, Islam, terrorism, security, discrimination, first amendment

Suggested Citation

Huq, Aziz Z., Private Religious Discrimination, National Security, and the First Amendment (2011). Harvard Law and Policy Review, Vol. 5, p. 347, 2011; U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 373. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1984943

Aziz Huq (Contact Author)

University of Chicago - Law School ( email )

1111 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

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