Ross Douthat has an excellent article explaining how governmental entities seem to be narrowly interpreting “religious liberty”:
THE words “freedom of belief” do not appear in the First Amendment. Nor do the words “freedom of worship.” Instead, the Bill of Rights guarantees Americans something that its authors called “the free exercise” of religion.
It’s a significant choice of words, because it suggests a recognition that religious faith cannot be reduced to a purely private or individual affair.
Yet that’s exactly what some want, as evidenced in the Chick-fil-A imbroglio, the HHS contraception mandate, and another case that Douthat addresses. His conclusion: