Overturning a local ban on animal sacrifices, the Supreme Court announced that it would use the strict scrutiny test in examining any law targeting religious conduct for special restrictions.
Believers in the Santera
After federal district and appellate courts upheld the ordinances, the justices of the Supreme Court ruled they were unconstitutional. Speaking for a unanimous Court, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy
Justice Kennedy’s opinion did not entirely please libertarians because it did not overturn Employment Division, Department of Human Resources v. Smith (1990),
Employment Division, Department of Human Resources v. Smith
Religion, freedom of
Sherbert v. Verner