Religious Liberty Resources

Over the past decade, the legalization of same-sex marriage and the amending of state public accommodation laws to include sexual orientation have resulted in cases that force or may force some religious citizens to choose between their livelihoods and their religious convictions. Many of the best-known cases concern business owners who object to participating in same sex marriage ceremonies. But churches and religious organizations are not immune to lawsuits aimed at forcing them to act (or not act) according to their sincerely held religious convictions.

The following resources have been developed to help religious organizations and churches to better protect themselves. I have also included resources that provide an overview of religious liberty and church-state relations throughout American history.

I am not an attorney and cannot give legal advice. But the following links will take readers to materials developed by attorneys who are experts in these matters.

Mark David Hall
Herbert Hoover Distinguished Professor of Politics
Faculty Fellow, William Penn Honors Program

Legal Resources

Religion and the American Founding

Resources by Mark David Hall.

Web Articles

Printed Works

  • Faith and the Founders of the American Republic. Edited with Daniel L. Dreisbach. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • The Sacred Rights of Conscience: Selected Readings on Religious Liberty and Church-State Relations in the American Founding. Edited with Daniel L. Dreisbach. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund Press, 2009.
  • The Forgotten Founders on Religion and Public Life. Edited with Daniel L. Dreisbach and Jeffry H. Morrison. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2009.
  • The Founders on God and Government. Edited with Daniel L. Dreisbach and Jeffry H. Morrison. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004.