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Religious freedom advocates win another unanimous Supreme Court decision

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Ryan Colby 202-349-7219

June 22, 2015, Religion News Service

This is the second case this session that the court has ruled in favor of religious freedom advocates. Earlier this year, the court ruled that a prisoner has the right to grow a beard for religious reasons. The court unanimously ruled that the religious liberties of prisoners must be protected. A prison must be able to show that restricting a religious exercise is necessary and is the least restrictive way to achieve a prison’s need.

Both cases attracted a diverse coalition of supporters including the U.S. government, numerous First Amendment scholars, and the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.