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Oct 03

A Civil Dialogue: Are Religious Institutions and Individuals Being Treated Like Second Class Citizens?

Many people of faith have argued in recent years that government officials, including in the Obama Administration, are increasingly disrespecting their religious liberties and seeking to forbid or burden their exercise of religion, from preventing them from meeting in public buildings on equal terms with secular groups, challenging their employment practices regarding who will teach their faith, preventing religious clubs and organizations from choosing leaders based on their religious beliefs, and forcing religious institutions to provide abortifacient drugs, contraceptives, and sterilization services. Others contend that such examples are properly seen as the inevitable clash of differing anti-discrimination norms that require government neutrality, that claims of religious liberty often mask the desire for government-subsidized religious practices, and these issues are nothing new in the progress toward a more pluralistic and tolerant society. Jay Sekulow and Marci Hamilton are both accomplished Supreme Court advocates and authors, with differing views on the subject. Richard Land is a former Commissioner on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and the author of several books including The Divided States of America? What Liberals and Conservatives Get Wrong About Faith and Politics. Bill Galston served as a Deputy Assistant to President Clinton for Domestic Policy, is the author of eight books and over 100 articles in the fields of political theory, public policy, and American politics. Join us as these distinguished experts discuss whether religious institutions and individuals are being treated fairly or like second class citizens under our Constitution.

More About the Speakers

Jay Sekulow
Chief Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice

Marci Hamilton
Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Dr. Richard Land
President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention

William Galston
Ezra K. Zikha Chair in Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution

Hosted by
John G. Malcolm
Senior Legal Fellow, Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation