Religious freedom: Universal right or political pawn?

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Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

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Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, associate professor of political science at Northwestern University.

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"Religious freedom" is an easy rallying call for western democracies. Most Americans hear the term and think, "fine by me." Not Northwestern University’s Elizabeth Shakman Hurd. In this Q&A, she argues that America’s religious freedom outreach efforts may do more harm than good.