Purdue University Fort Wayne Campus News

IU CSRES forum publishes an essay by Steve Carr on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society published an essay by Steve Carr, associate professor of communication, titled “Democracy Is Coming to the RFRA, or, There’s No Such Thing as Religious Freedom … and It’s a Good Thing, Too.”

The essay argues that the public should continue discussing the controversial RFRA, but old and new media outlets should do a better job of structuring and supporting the debate. “A structured public discussion across different media platforms can help contribute to a more productive climate for communication,” writes Carr. “While that climate doesn’t necessarily result in agreement or consensus, it does move discussions about contentious topics like RFRA beyond mere portraiture of polarized and entrenched viewpoints.”