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VICTORY OF THE MINORITY: The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Fight for Constitutional Rights

Spring 2014 : Volume VII : Issue 3

Author: Jong In Yoon, Columbia University

The Jehovah’s Witnesses, despite their unpopularity with the public, were able to defend their beliefs and the right to act on them due to their willingness to go against mainstream ideals and opinions. While the most famous Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Supreme Court case might be the Minersville School District vs. Gobitis case regarding flag saluting in public schools, this paper instead takes a closer look at a different set of cases regarding religious solicitation, the most important one being Murdock v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In Murdock, the Jehovah’s Witnesses garnered the right to pass out their own literature freely without a license, and in the process, paved the way for other religious groups to do so as well. In analysis of Murdock and other legal cases, one can see that despite their marginal standing, the Jehovah’s Witnesses have helped to redefine ideas about religious freedom while protecting their liberties as a religious group. Ultimately, the case of the Jehovah’s Witnesses illustrates that religious freedom is granted to all groups, and the First Amendment keeps the promise of religious diversity alive.

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