The Salt Lake Tribune recently published an article about Freedom from Religion: Rights and National Security, a book written by Amos Guiora. In the book, Guiora, a professor of law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, argues that religious extremism poses such a great threat to civil democratic society that it justifies imposing certain restrictions on constitutional rights.
In the Tribune article, Guiora discusses the controversial position that governments should end protections afforded to religious speech when that speech presents what he terms an “operational threat.” As one example, he uses the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, which he argues should have been more forcefully infiltrated by Utah officials when it became clear that church leaders were encouraging adult males to marry underage girls.
To read the Tribune article and the numerous reader responses it elicited, click here.