How SCOTUS Can Protect Religious Minorities

How SCOTUS Can Protect Religious Minorities
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Many immigrants came to this land in the hope that they could practice their religion in peace and safety — and still participate fully in civil society.

But in 1990, the country took a step back when the Supreme Court in Employment Division v. Smith said that the First Amendment, which protects the “free exercise” of religion, prohibits only laws that target religion. So long as a law applies to everyone, it is permitted.

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