Religious Freedom and Conscience Exemptions
February 1, 2021
This curricular module guide introduces conscience exemptions as a pillar of law in the United States and highlights how the legal pursuit of religious freedom is a necessarily imperfect process. The guide expands on the "Religious Freedom and Conscience Exemptions" virtual course module by assembling open-access sources and providing discussion questions on the role of conscience exemptions in U.S. law.
These materials are designed to engage students with the following issues:
- conscience exemptions and religious freedom for health care policies and practitioners
- lessons drawn from the Masterpiece Cakeshop (2018) decision on religious freedom and the relationship between free speech protections and LGBTQ rights
- how understandings of conscience and religious conscience protections have changed over time
This guide is part of the Berkley Center's Religion and World Affairs Virtual Course Modules, a collection of curricular modules that draws on open-access articles and multimedia sources to support online learning in higher education.