Legal think tank looks at religious liberty advocacy on the left

Christian conservatives have unfairly co-opted religious liberty as their political issue, says a new report from the Law, Rights, and Religion Project at Columbia Law School.

“Far from abandoning this fundamental right, people of faith outside the conservative movement have taken up the fight for religious freedom in a wide variety of contexts,” the authors wrote in Whose Faith Matters? The Fight for Reli­gious Liberty Beyond the Christian Right.

“And while the Christian right has positioned itself as the sole defender of ‘religious liberty,’ this movement’s strategy is to substitute the beliefs of a narrow band of conservative Chris­tians for the nation’s broad and pluralistic religious traditions,” they continued.