Religious Liberty and the Constitution
New York, November 23, 2015—A spirited debate over religious liberty and the personal rights of corporations took over a panel discussion at Columbia Law School on new cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
|Featured speakers at the Nov. 10 event included, from left to right: Columbia Law School Professors Katherine M. Franke|
and Philip Hamburger, and Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute’s Center for Constitutional Studies.
The significance of Hobby Lobby, Hamburger said, is what it suggests about who can claim First Amendment rights. “Citizen United was about whether or not corporations have free speech rights,” said Hamburger, the Maurice and Hilda Friedman Professor of Law and the director of the Center on Law and Liberty. Now corporations were making constitutional claims of religious liberty.