The Supreme Court Is More Friendly to Religious Freedom Than Ever—and Not Just Because of Conservative Justices

April 20 2021

According to a recent study, since John Roberts became chief justice the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of religious-liberty advocates in 81 percent of the cases it has heard—compared to a rate of about of 50 percent since the 1950s. The shift has much to do with the presence of such justices as Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito, who have an expansive view of First Amendment guarantees, but is not due to them alone, as Kelsey Dallas explains:

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More about: American law, Elena Kagan, Freedom of Religion, Supreme Court

Hamas Is Winning the War for Palestinian, and Israeli Arab, Hearts and Minds

While many in the West seem to think the current fighting in Israel is about housing policy, or human rights, or the selective blockade of the Gaza Strip, the rhetoric of Palestinian leaders and on Palestinian social media makes clear that it is in fact about al-Aqsa mosque. This should come as no surprise: fabricated claims that “al-Aqsa is in danger” have been used to provoke anti-Jewish violence for a hundred years. In this particular case, explains Haviv Rettig Gur, both Hamas and Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party exploited the claim in their rivalry for Palestinian hearts and minds:

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More about: Al-Aqsa Mosque, Hamas, Israeli Arabs, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict