Thursday, October 5, 2006

Epstein on Religious Liberty and Property Rights

I am fully booked teaching today, so I only have time for a short post on religious liberty and property rights. I thought what I would do is refer you to a great op-ed on the subject by Richard Epstein. It might make a nice handout as an introduction to religious liberty issues in Property, whether under RLUIPA or even when discussing the landlord whose religion compels her to refrain from renting to unmarried cohabitants.

The Epstein piece I am referring to is a Wall Street Journal op-ed (July 27, 1994, at A15) entitled "The Welfare State's Threat to Religion."  In this essay, Epstein argues that: "An even broader look at the place of religion in the welfare state shows that many of the greatest threats to religious liberty stem from insufficient protection of individual liberty in economic affairs....The protection of private property does more than promote market efficiency; it enhances the level of human freedom in the most intimate and personal parts of our lives."

I don't have a link to this article. But if you can have your libray track it down, it would make a nice handout for a unit focusing on religious liberty and property.

Rick Duncan

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The Library of Congress has a copy online since Epstein's article was introduced into the Congressional record by Newt Gingrich. It can be read/printed here.

Posted by: Fern R | Oct 5, 2006 7:26:11 PM

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