2017 Constitutional Symposium on Religious Liberty
On April 6, 2017, the Center for Constitutional Studies hosted a conference regarding
religious liberty. Scholars and public advocates representing a wide range of views
participated on three panels: the first dealt with the issue of exemptions from general
laws, including non-discrimination laws, on the ground of religious conscience; the
second dealt with the establishment clause and school prayer; and the third examined
political engagement by churches and religious leaders. The winners of the Dr. G.
Kevin Jones Religious Liberty Essay Contest also presented their winning essays. The
academic panels may be accessed through the Center’s video library. A highlight of
the conference was the luncheon keynote address by Professor Douglas Laycock, this
year’s recipient of the Center’s Friend of the Bill of Rights and Religious Liberty.
Professor Laycock’s keynote address can be viewed here:
At minute 30, Elder Dallin H. Oaks pays tribute to Professor Laycock for his life’s
work supporting religious liberty and equality. Professor Laycock follows with insightful
remarks regarding the state of religious liberty in a world of changing values.