Religious Freedom vs. Sexual Expression
 
Religious Freedom vs. Sexual Expression
Written By David E. Smith   |   10.12.15

In an article in the Journal of Law and Religion, Law Professor Helen Alvare of George Mason University, examines  the inevitable clash between new legal rights to sexual expression and our constitutional right to the free exercise of religion. According to Alvare:

“Claimed rights to sexual expression unlinked to the creation of children, are among the strongest challenges facing the free exercise of religion in the United States today… Laws and regulations protecting and promoting sexual expression detached from children are powerfully affecting religious institutions that operate health care, educational, and social services available to all Americans.”

Though lengthy, the paper may be helpful in trying to understand the profound significance of cultural trends and legal decisions such as the U.S. Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage in the Obergefell case. While professor Alvare’s paper is written primarily with the Catholic church as the subject, her observations are true for all Christians and could even apply to non-Christian faiths.

To read the article, click HERE.

David  E. Smith
Dave Smith is Illinois Family Institute’s executive director.  He and his wife of 23 years are blessed to be the parents of seven children. David has 30-plus-years of experience in public policy and grass-roots activism that includes countless interviews for numerous radio, television, cable programs and newspaper articles on topics such as marriage, broadcast decency, sex education, marijuana, gambling, abortion, homosexuality, tax policy, drug decriminalization and pornography. From 1996 – 2004, he worked as an aide to a City of Chicago Alderman.  During that time, he was a volunteer decency advocate for the group Citizens for Community Values of Illinois,...
IFI Featured Video
Extreme abortion legislation
Get Our New App!