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(Source: npr.org)

William Haun writes on the view of religious liberty espoused by the Left, tracing its history back to Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Following Rousseau, the Left increasingly views religious life as subservient to the state. Haun writes:

Clearly the Obama administration, Bond, Michaelson, and others are not so Rousseauian as to rule out the idea of any religiously based exemption from generally applicable laws. But by embracing an expanded role for the government in the areas of life that impact how citizens form and manifest their beliefs, the government becomes a Rousseauian arbiter of opinions on the matters it touches. The result is a purely pragmatic view of religious accommodation.

Read the rest over at Public Discourse.