Judge Neil Gorsuch's notable stand for religious liberty

To be sure, many Republicans who invoke religious liberty can be hypocrites about it, but the conservative writers and activists most vocal about religious liberty tend to be consistent.

For instance, Judge Neil Gorsuch, on the short-short list for the U.S. Supreme Court. Gorsuch wrote the opinion in Yellowbear v. Lampert, ruling in favor of religious liberty.

This wasn’t a Catholic nun or a Mormon baker. This was a Northern Arapaho Indian who had murdered his daughter. The prisoner, Andrew Yellowbear, sought access to the prison’s sweat lodge, but the prison denied it. Gorsuch wrote an opinion in favor of Yellowbear.

Gorsuch’s opinion ought to cheer conservatives who value religious liberty, and ideally correct liberals who claim that the notion is just a cover story for an insidious theocratic plot.