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Battle lines seen as hardening on religious liberty

Source: Peter Smith, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on September 23, 2019, Link to Source

A longstanding consensus on how to accommodate religious beliefs in government settings is breaking down as the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overturn longstanding precedent and allow greater role of religion in public life.

Those were some of the observations of Nina Totenberg, the longtime legal affairs correspondent for NPR, at a forum on “The First Amendment for the 21st Century,” held Monday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh in Squirrel Hill.

“There are all kinds of gradations in between” the views that the government should prohibit any religious expression in public settings and that it should allow as much as possible without government actually endorsing religion, she said.