Micah J. Schwartzman

The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty

CO-AUTHORS Chad Flanders and Zoë Robinson
Oxford University Press


What are the rights of religious institutions? Should those rights extend to for-profit corporations? Houses of worship have claimed they should be free from anti-discrimination laws in hiring and firing ministers and other employees. Faith-based institutions, including hospitals and universities, have sought exemptions from requirements to provide contraception. Now, in a surprising development, large for-profit corporations have succeeded in asserting rights to religious free exercise. The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty explores this "corporate" turn in law and religion. Drawing on a broad range perspectives, this book examines the idea of "freedom of the church," the rights of for-profit corporations, and the implications of the Supreme Court's landmark decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby for debates on anti-discrimination law, same-sex marriage, health care, and religious freedom.


Chad Flanders, Zoë Robinson, & Micah J. Schwartzman, eds., The Rise of Corporate Religious Liberty, Oxford University Press (2016).

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