1.Howard Gillman and Erwin Chemerinsky assert that the Free Exercise clause has been weaponized. Explain what they mean by this. What are some examples the authors offer that illustrate this weaponization? Do you agree with their assertion that the Free Exercise clause has been weaponized?
2. Briefly describe the facts of both of the cases discussed in the articles–Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission and Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. What was the Court’s decision in these two cases? Explain how these cases are a clash between religious freedoms and civil rights. Compare the web-designer case different to the two above cases. How are they similar? How are they different?
3.Where do you stand on religious exemption to civil rights law? Should people, businesses, corporations, and non-profits be exempt from civil rights law due to sincerely held religious beliefs? Do you think Masterpiece Cakeshop deserves an exemption? Do you think Catholic Social Services deserves an exemption? Does the wedding site web-designer? Explain.
4. 1 The Rauch & Wehner article makes an argument in support of The Fairness for All Act. Do you agree with these authors and support the passage of this law or do you think the Equality Act is the law that Congress should pass? Explain. Note: Click on the link in the Rauch/Wehner article to learn more about The Fairness for All Act.