“Religious Liberty for All in a Polarized Age” will be presented by Thomas Berg, professor of law and public policy at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. "We live in polarized times, and in recent years disputes over religious liberty have contributed to the polarization," Berg says. "Many Americans tend to emphasize liberty and equality of, for example, Muslims or same-sex couples. Many others tend to emphasize it for conservative Christians. There seems little overlap between those two groups." As an advocate for the rights of all these groups, Berg will present reasons why giving significant protection to all of them is most consistent with our constitutional values, and principles for defining the rights in cases of conflict so that neither undermines the other.
Berg has written approximately 50 book chapters and journal articles and dozens of op-eds and shorter pieces on religious freedom, constitutional law and the role of religion in law, politics and society. He teaches constitutional law, law and religion, intellectual property, and the religious liberty appellate clinic.