Everybody's Business: The Legal, Economic, and Political Implications of Religious Freedom

Is religious freedom good for business? Can religious liberty aid economic development or help reduce poverty? What are the limits of religious freedom? Under the law, are for-profit businesses entitled to the exercise of that right in the United States? Does the HHS contraceptive mandate under the Affordable Care Act restrict the religious freedom of businesses? What are the legal, economic, and political implications of the answer to that question?

The day before Supreme Court oral arguments on the Burwell v. Hobby Lobby case, the Religious Freedom Project hosted a half-day conference on these and related questions. The conference announced a new partnership between the Religious Freedom Project and Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. 

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion.


"On Topic" with Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz: "Beyond Hobby Lobby: What Is at Stake with the HHS Contraceptive Mandate?" | Alan Dershowitz, Ken Starr

Panel 1: "Entering Hobby Lobby: The Case and Its Implications for Religious Freedom and Business" | Helen Alvare, Kyle Duncan, Michael Kessler, Ira Lupu, Micah Schwartzman 

Panel 2: "Is Religious Freedom Good for Business and for the Poor?" | Sr. Deirdre Byrne, Anthony Gill, Brian Grim, Byron Johnson, Rebecca Samuel Shah

related | Kathleen Parker on the Alan Dershowitz and Kenneth Starr conversation in the Washington Post

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