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In Religious Arbitration, Scripture Is the Rule of Law

posted on November 4, 2015

In their investigative series, Michael Corkery and Jessica Silver-Greenberg of The New York Times report on the use, and perhaps misuse, of religious arbitration clauses in legal contracts. Despite a long history among various faith groups, religious arbitration is coming under fire in recent civil court cases, but the clauses have often “proved impervious to legal challenges.” Corkery and Silver-Greenberg write, “Some judges are also reluctant to risk infringing the First Amendment rights of religious groups, according to a review of court decisions and interviews with lawyers. Some plaintiffs counter that it is their First Amendment rights being infringed because they must unwillingly participate in what amounts to religious activity.”

Read at The New York Times