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What the Religious Right Gets Right

Conservative Christians and other religious fundamentalists have legitimate concerns. It would serve their opponents well to acknowledge that

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IN MY NEW BOOK SACRED LIBERTY, I offer many examples about how modern claims of persecution by religious conservatives are exaggerated— and how Donald Trump has weaponized religious freedom concerns to sow division and beat up opponents.

That said, it’s important to understand that traditional American Christians are not hallucinating when they express concerns about their religious status and rights. After the passage of Alabama’s anti-abortion law, some progressives claimed that the action was a violation of the separation of church and state because the sponsors had religious motivations. “Under no circumstances are we supposed to be imposing our faith on other people,” said presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democratic Senator from New York.

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