Religious Liberty And/Or Civil Rights

at University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

In just five years, the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty has been redefined, from a shield against government oppression of minorities into a sword used to oppress minorities.  Conservative Christians, LGBTQ people, and even self-style centrists all see themselves as victims of a polarized culture war, with the conservative side currently in power but with liberal social forces continuing to evolve (or erode) social norms.  Can we make sense of these competing rights claims, and competing conceptions of American democracy?