Religious Liberty in the Age of Trump
Civil liberties groups have warned that the Trump presidency poses a dire threat to religious liberty in the United States, especially for Muslims but also potentially for others. A sharp rise in hate crimes directed against religious minorities has already taken place, and many fear that worse is to come. Others look forward to Trump’s presidency as a time of renewed religious liberty, expecting the federal government to stop interfering in their religious lives or even looking to it to promote their religious beliefs. This program will situate this moment in the history of religious liberty, bringing together scholars of American history and law, political science, Islamic studies, and Jewish studies to explore what’s to come for religious minorities, the separation of Church and State, and religion more broadly in the United States.
Katz Center Director Steven Weitzman will introduce the program, and Anthea Butler (Penn) will moderate. Panelists include Katz Center fellow Julie Cooper and Sarah Gordon, Fariha Khan, and Anne Norton of Penn.
Anthea Butler is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Julie E. Cooper is Senior Lecturer in the Political Science Department at Tel Aviv University and the Robert Carrady Fellow this year at the Katz Center.
Sarah Barringer Gordon is the Arlin M. Adams Professor of Constitutional Law and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Fariha Khan is the Associate Director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania.
Anne Norton is Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania.