Michael P. Moreland, Vice Dean and Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law, was quoted in the August 9 Associated Press article, FROM PEYOTE TO SEX: RELIGIOUS LIBERTY FIGHT RECAST. The story ran in more than 75 media outlets, including The Washington Post, ABC News and The Huffington Post.
In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case, the article discusses the shift in religious freedom cases in recent years. At one time most religious freedom cases involved small religious groups, but recent hot-button issues such as gay marriage and health care coverage for birth control have pushed larger faith groups into the debate over exemptions.
Moreland’s scholarly interests focus on torts, bioethics, and law and religion. He is the founder of The Libertas Project at Villanova, a Templeton Foundation-funded program that explores religious and economic freedom in the context of law and religion in American public life. Before coming to Villanova, he served as Associate Director for Domestic Policy at the White House under President George W. Bush.