The Battle for Religious Liberty Will Be Won on the Field of Education

A striking correlation exists between the decay of liberal education and the belief that government should push American citizens toward progressivism.

A nun at a rally with other supporters of religious freedom in Chicago, 2014. Scott Olson/Getty Images.

A nun at a rally with other supporters of religious freedom in Chicago, 2014. Scott Olson/Getty Images.

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Aug. 22 2016
About the author

Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His writings are posted at www.PeterBerkowitz.com.


The first clause of the first of the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution enshrines religious liberty. The opening words of the Bill of Rights accord this honor to religious liberty because, if government were to establish a state religion or interfere with the free exercise of religion, our other precious liberties would sustain a blow. It is a short step from government’s prescribing beliefs and dictating practices concerning citizens’ fundamental duties and highest hopes to government’s depriving citizens of their property and imprisoning them for deviating from the state’s religious—or irreligious, or anti-religious—orthodoxy.

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