Although the Bill of Rights does not establish a hierarchy among the values it seeks to protect, Supreme Court decisions over time have classified certain rights as essential to a fundamental scheme of ordered liberty. The prominent place of the First Amendment's provisions protecting religious freedom on this "Honor Roll of Superior Rights" has seldom been openly challenged.
Mary A. Glendon,
The Harold J. Berman Lecture: Religious Freedom--A Second-Class Right?,
Emory L. J.
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