Cosponsored by the Christian Legal Society
Recent controversy over the HHS contraceptive mandate and the participation of faith-based organizations in federal grant programs has raised questions about religious freedom in the American legal and political systems. This discussion will consider the perceived conflict between civil rights and religious freedom and the roles of Congress, the judiciary, and administrative agencies for how religious freedom will be understood, applied, and protected in the future.
Michael Moreland is Professor of Law at Villanova University and Mary Ann Remick Senior Visiting Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture and Concurrent Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a BA in philosophy from Notre Dame, an MA and PhD in Theological Ethics from Boston College, and a JD from the University of Michigan. He teaches and writes in the areas of torts, bioethics, and law and religion. Professor Moreland served as the project leader for The Libertas Project, a program from 2013 to 2015 at Villanova sponsored by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation exploring religious and economic freedom in American public life, and served as Associate Director for Domestic Policy at the White House under President George W. Bush.