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.
- Protecting Your Ministry From Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Lawsuits: A Legal Guide for Churches, Christian Schools, and Christian Ministries
- Religious Schools & Colleges Guidance for Same-Sex Issues
- Religious Schools & Colleges Guidance for Same-Sex Issues: Sample and Model Policies
- Church Guidance for Same-Sex Issues
- Church Guidance for Same-Sex Issues: Frequently Asked Questions
Religion and the American Founding
Resources by Mark David Hall.
- 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.