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Equal Liberty: Preserving Religious Freedom for All Texans (Justice Frameworks)
The United States pioneered the radical ideal of religious liberty. The Founding Fathers renounced the power of governments to dictate religious doctrine, compel religious belief, or prohibit religious expression. In doing so, they changed the course of civilization, and they created the unique sociopolitical context that Americans today too often take for granted.
The uniquely American challenge is to maintain “equal liberty.” Equal liberty means that no individual enjoys special rights or unfettered liberty to abridge the equal liberty of another. Special rights—for any individual or group—under the guise of religious liberty would be tyranny by another name.