E19: Stanley’s adventures in institutional religious freedom

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February 10, 2016

My friend Stanley Carlson-Thies, Ph.D. joins me to talk about religious freedom for institutions, the exciting world of government regulations, and how religious institutions are navigating–or failing to navigate–new challenges to freedoms we once took for granted.


Stanley W. Carlson-Thies (PhD, University of Toronto) is director of the Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance, a division of the Center for Public Justice (CPJ), in Washington, DC. He is a senior fellow at CPJ and at the Canadian think tank Cardus. He convenes the Coalition to Preserve Religious Freedom, a multi-faith alliance that advocates for the religious freedom of faith-based organizations to Congress and the federal government. Carlson-Thies served with George W. Bush’s White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives and served on a task force of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He has appeared on NPR and in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Christianity Today. He has coauthored several books including The Freedom of Faith-Based Organizations to Staff on a Religious Basis.


Matthew Hawkins
Matthew Hawkins is host of the Canon & Culture Podcast, often alongside Andrew Walker or Dan Darling. While not podcasting, Matt serves as Coalitions Director, working with other groups in Washington, D.C., to achieve common objectives. He holds a BBA from Belmont University and an MA in Ethics and Public Affairs from George Mason University. Matt lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, D.C., where they are members of a church plant. He also serves on the board of a pregnancy resource ministry in northern Virginia. Follow Matt on Twitter via @mthawk.