What the Hell Is a ‘Closely Held Religious Belief’?

"White panic" has Oklahoma lawmakers in a tizzy over what kids are being taught in school.

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"White panic" and religious "freedom" continue to seep into public high school curriculums. Getty Images

You can’t go five minutes without someone talking about their “God-given right” to save babies or how we’re all going to burn in hell. So whenever the these constitutional issues make the news—as they have in recent weeks with some arguing students shouldn’t be taught about the Holocaust—we’re ready to step in as experts and explain that “No, actually, teaching students about genocide does not violate your religion, Kathy. Also, you’re an antisemite!”

In the latest episode of Boom! Lawyered, co-hosts Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy explain how when it comes to the legal history of religious liberty in the United States, we’ve had a long and tumultuous past. And the truth is that when it comes to religious freedom, it often means white, Christian supremacy. Fun!

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