For years, a network of conservative Christians has been fighting pro-choice and pro-LGBTQ rights legislation by claiming that such policies infringe on their own religious freedom. They are gaining momentum.
“Redefining Religious Liberty: The Covert Campaign Against Civil Rights” by Dr. Jay Michaelson shows that “religious conservatives have succeeded in reframing the debate, inverting victim and oppressor, and broadening support for their agenda.” Such arguments for “religious liberty” are calculated to subvert the traditional progressive framing of freedom versus discrimination, effectively accusing women, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender individuals of infringing on the right of conservative Christians to discriminate against them.
Dr. Jay Michaelson is PRA Religious Liberty Fellow. He is an attorney and activist who has worked as an advocate for LGBTQ people for ten years. He is the founding director of Nehirim, a national LGBTQ Jewish organization, and has worked closely with HRC, GLAAD, and other organizations. His book God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality (Beacon 2011) was an Amazon.com bestseller and Lambda Literary Award finalist. Jay holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a contributing editor to the Forward newspaper and a frequent contributor to The Daily Beast, Religion Dispatches, and The Huffington Post. Jay has held teaching positions at Boston University Law School, City College of New York, and Yale University, and is based in New York City.
Listen to the report’s conference briefing with Dr. Michaelson, Gretchen Borchelt of the National Women’s Law Center, and Rob Boston of Americans United: