In recent years, several issues have polarized the American people, including same-sex marriage and Obamacare's HHS contraception services mandate. Discussions on these topics are naturally heated, but some fear they have taken an illiberal turn and argue that religiously-based viewpoints are being met with increasing intolerance. This event explored the potential impact of this phenomenon on religious freedom and the role of free expression in a liberal society. Is the desire to shut down debate on controversial issues leading some Americans to abandon the liberal value of the free exercise of religion for everyone?
Moderated by Timothy Shah, this conversation featured special guest Kirsten Powers of USA Today and Fox News, who authored a book on this subject titled The Silencing, as well as author and scholar Phil Zuckerman and President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Russell Moore. Following the event, a dinner featuring a conversation between Kirsten Powers and Senator Ben Sasse, moderated by Judge Ken Starr, continued the discussion of the fate of liberalism in the United States.