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Religious Liberty or a License to Discriminate? A Debate

04/12/2017 04:30 PM ET


Princeton University


The Princeton Tory is hosting a debate between Dr. Ryan T. Anderson, of the Heritage Foundation, and Professor Linda McClain, of Princeton's Center for Human Values, and moderated by Professor Stephen Macedo. The event will include time for audience Q&A. See the Facebook Event page.

About the Debate
Does Obergefell v. Hodges threaten religious liberty? Do state anti-discrimination laws in general infringe on religious liberty, or only when states expand protection to categories like "sexual orientation"? Are broad religious liberty protections really just a cover for invidious discrimination? How should the fact that the U.S. is a society with religious diversity shape our approach to religious liberty and anti-discrimination law?

With legislative battles like Mississippi's H.B. 1523 and judicial battles like State of Washington v. Arlene's Flowers increasingly in the public eye, these questions are more important than ever. Come hear Dr. Anderson and Professor McClain present contrasting views on how best to resolve the tension between religious liberty and anti-discrimination law.

About the Debaters 
Ryan T. Anderson is the William E. Simon senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, where he researches and writes about marriage, bioethics, religious liberty and political philosophy. He is the author of "Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom" and co-author of "What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense."

Linda C. McClain is professor of law and Paul M. Siskind Research Scholar at Boston University School of Law, and is currently a Visiting Faculty Fellow at Princeton's Center for Human Values. Her books include "The Place of Families: Fostering Capacity, Equality, and Responsibility" and "Ordered Liberty: Rights, Responsibilities, and Virtues."

Stephen Macedo is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton, where he has also been the Founding Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs. He writes and teaches on political theory, ethics, American constitutionalism, and public policy, and is the Vice-President of the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy. He is the author of Just Married: Same-Sex Couples, Monogamy, and the Future of Marriage.

Sponsored by The Princeton Tory, with support from the USG Projects Board, the American Studies Program, the Campus Conversations on Identities, and the Office of Religious Life.

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