The current Supreme Court session isn’t yet over, but it’s already proved to be a pretty fruitful one for the religious right. Recent decisions struck down a state’s ability to restrict faith gatherings during a health emergency, whether in private homes or houses of worship. And a ruling last year expanded an exemption allowing religious entities to ignore anti-bias laws.

The trend didn’t just begin with former President Trump’s three appointments to the court. The backstory of how the highest court in the land became dominated by conservatives – so that it is now redefining religious liberty – goes back two decades, explains legal scholar Steven Green. It has put religious claimants on a huge winning streak that may continue with a looming decision that could open the door to more anti-gay discrimination, he writes.

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Justices Amy Coney Barrett, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh have bolstered the conservative wing of the Supreme Court. Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images

How the Supreme Court found its faith and put ‘religious liberty’ on a winning streak

Steven K. Green, Willamette University

Conservative justices are redefining religious freedom to mean the protection of individuals or groups to practice their faith as they see fit, argues a constitutional law expert.

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