Religious Liberty and the American Founding (Guest: Vincent Phillip Muñoz)

Published April 13, 2023
Heartland’s Tim Benson is joined by Vincent Phillip Muñoz, the Tocqueville Associate Professor of Political Science and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, to discuss his new book, Religious Liberty and the American Founding: Natural Rights and the Original Meanings of the First Amendment Religion Clauses. They chat about how the Founding Fathers understood religious liberty to be an inalienable natural right, what we can and cannot determine about the original meanings of the Religion Clauses, and how a re-adoption of the Founders’ understanding would lead to a minimalist church-state jurisprudence delivering neither consistently conservative nor consistently liberal results.