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Justice - Lecture 6

Lecture 6 - Free Exercise and Religious Accommodations

- Why are religious convictions important? Are they more important than cultural commitments?
- Suppose there are exemptions on religious grounds from general applicable criminal laws. Do such exemptions promise anarchy?
- Do exemptions amount to favoritism, or a kind of religious Establishment?
- Do you think there ought to be exemptions of the kind explored in Sherbert vs. Verner or Employment Division vs. Smith? Should there be cultural exemptions as well?
- Is there a compelling utilitarian case in favor of religious exemptions? Does utilitarianism have a good way to capture the nature of the burden on religious liberty when there are no exemptions?

Prof. Joshua Cohen
17.01J / 24.04J Justice
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare)
http://ocw.mit.edu
Date accessed: 2008-12-28
License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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