Kaitlyn Rentala is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE).
Every person has been told the common maxim to never talk politics or religion at the dinner table. While maybe best avoided at a dinner party, the intersection of politics and religion is in fact a critical topic in American history that requires thoughtful discourse. From the establishment of “separation of church and state” in the First Amendment, religious liberty has long been a highly debated issue in the legal realm. To fully examine the history of religious liberty in the United States, one must look at the landmark Supreme Court cases that established the parameters in which religion interacts with government today.
By Ishita Chakrabarty
Ishita Chakrabarty is in the fourth year of her undergraduate study (BA LL.B (Hons.)) at Hidayatullah National Law University, India.
Back in the year 2007, Iraqi migrant families had been reportedly leaving Egypt en masse because of severe poverty arising from the government’s denial of their right to work . Over the past couple of months, the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” refugee policy has drawn a lot of flak from lawmakers inside and outside the country, press and human rights activists . Apart from the fact that refugees cannot be subjected to criminal prosecution and penalties simply because they happened to cross over illegally, the administration’s separation of children from their parents, even on the pretext of procedural necessities, serves an ulterior purpose of deterring migrants from seeking refugee status. Elsewhere in Asia, the slow-moving registration policies towards the Rohingyas staying in makeshift camps, without adequate living conditions, have exacerbated their vulnerabilities . These are all tactics that shroud ‘refoulement’ as mere ‘repatriation’.