Elliot Mincberg

Elliot Mincberg is a senior fellow at People For the American Way Foundation. He serves as a member of the Committee on Religious Liberty of the National Council of Churches and on the National Advisory Board of the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute.  Previously, Mincberg served as chief counsel for oversight and investigations of the House Judiciary Committee. 

Recent Articles

Will the Supreme Court Abandon True Government Neutrality Toward Religion?

The high court chips away at the once impregnable wall between church and state.

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AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite A group from the Concerned Women for America, a Christian women's activist group, show their support as the justices ruled 7-2 for Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri, that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other non-religious needs. G overnment neutrality toward religion is a crucial principle for the protection of religious freedom. However, the Supreme Court, pushed by the religious right and its most conservative justices, has eroded this key protection, moving toward a one-way ratchet in favor of religion. Under this legal regime, not only would churches and other religious institutions be treated equally with others when it comes to federal allocations, they would also get a clear preference when they object to generally applicable anti-discrimination or other laws. As the damaging Trinity Lutheran decision shows, even some moderates on the Court are inching toward...