18 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2017
Date Written: 2017
This Essay, written for a conference on “Faith, Sexuality, and the Meaning of Freedom,” held at Yale Law School in January 2017, criticizes efforts to resolve the conflict between antidiscrimination and religious freedom claims by ascriptions of hatred or animus or by overly simplistic analogies to the Civil Rights movement and its accomplishments. Although pervasive, such rhetoric damages civil discourse and fails to achieve just or stable resolutions. If there is any possibility of achieving acceptable resolutions, the Essay suggests, our discussions will need to be both more pragmatic and more visionary than these modes of argument are.
Keywords: religion, religious freedom, civil rights, legal conflict, freedom of expression
JEL Classification: A00, A10, K10
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Smith, Steven Douglas, Against 'Civil Rights' Simplism: How Not to Accommodate Competing Legal Commitments (2017). San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 17-294. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2991883