In the Social Science Research Council's online publication, The Immanent Frame: Secularism, Religion, and the Public Sphere, religion professor Elizabeth Castelli pens an article on the politics of religious freedom. An excerpt:

"Framing their opposition to the health care mandate in terms of religious freedom, it needs to be emphasized, is a strategic move that narrows the terrain significantly: to oppose the bishops’ opposition to the health care mandate requires one to take a position against religious freedom. Well played, bishops."

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Prof. Elizabeth Castelli is the chair of Barnard's Religion Department and a specialist in biblical studies, early Christianity, and feminist/gender studies in religion.  She is the author of Martyrdom and Memory:  Early Christian Culture Making.