For many faith-based communities in the US, ‘religious liberty’ has few limitations
What protections, if any, do faith-based communities across this country have?
On Monday, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal vetoed a controversial bill which would have allowed faith-based organizations to deny services and jobs to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
Supporters said the measure was meant to protect religious freedom. Governor Deal, however, saw things differently:
Quote: "I do not think that we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia, of which I and my family have been a part of for all of our lives."
Georgia is hardly the first state push religious liberty legislation.
Arizona, Indiana and Louisiana have each grappled with the concept.
In the presidential race, Republican Ted Cruz has made religious freedom a cornerstone of his campaign.
What protections, if any, do faith-based communities across this country have? How has our idea of religious liberty evolved over the years? And how is the concept of religious freedom playing into current politics?
Take Two put these questions to two guests.
Jessica Levinson, clinical professor of law at Loyola Law School
Brie Loskota, executive director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC