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McElroy Lecture on Law & Religion - VIRTUAL

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Please join Detroit Mercy Law for the annual McElroy Lecture on Law & Religion.

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The McElroy Lecture provides a forum for prominent thinkers to address fundamental issues of law and religion. This year’s lecture, titled "The Ironies of Religious Liberties Litigation, will be presented by Professor Cathleen Kaveny of Boston College Law School. Kaveny will examine the legal victories of religious believers and how they are premised on our own rights instead of what we owe others with different beliefs.

The lecture will be from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Additional information will be provided via email to all registrants.

About the Speaker: Kaveny, a scholar who focuses on the relationship of law, religion and morality, serves as the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor at Boston College, a position that includes appointments in both the department of theology and the law school.

About the Lecture: Objecting to practices such as abortion, contraception, and same sex marriage, some religious believers have claimed that the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty should insulate them not only from direct involvement in such activities, but also from more remote connection and complicity. And from a legal point of view, their claims have been quite successful. But what have they lost in their quest for legal victory? In this lecture, Kaveny will argue that the lawyers for the plaintiffs have unfortunately advanced a way of viewing human beings and human society that has been heavily and persuasively critiqued by Christian philosophers and theologians over the past thirty years. Is there a way forward, now that many legal questions are settled? Kaveny suggests that religious communities ought to reframe the inquiry. Rather than asking, “What are our rights?,” we should instead focus on the question: “What do we owe our friends, neighbors, customers, and employees who believe differently than we do?”

Questions? Contact April Ellison at ellisoal@udmercy.edu or (313)596-0202

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