Public Writing


“How to United in Spite of Trump,” USA Today (December 22, 2016)

“We Disagree on the ‘Self-Evident Truths’ in the Declaration of Independence. But We Always Did,” Washington Post (July 5, 2016)

“Rehabilitating Freedom of Assembly,” USA Today (January 10, 2016)

“Do Black Lives Matter to Evangelicals?” Washington Post (January 6, 2016)

“The Japanese-American Internment Decision: A Dangerous Relic,” Los Angeles Times (with Karen Tani) (December 18, 2015)

“America’s Dividing Line: Thoughts, Prayers, and Belief in a Transcendent God,” CNN (December 4, 2015)

“Want a Vibrant Public Square?  Support Religious Tax Exemptions,” Washington Post (September 16, 2015)

“Are We Ferguson?” CNN (August 21, 2014)

“Contraception Fight Not Just a ‘Catholic Thing,’” USA Today (August 20, 2012)


“Christian Witness in an Anxious Age,” Christianity Today (June 20, 2016) (with Timothy Keller)

“Confident Pluralism, Expressive Association, and ‘Tone,’” Prawfsblawg (June 7, 2016) (response to Mark Tushnet)

“Confident Pluralism: A Response,” First Things (May 31, 2016) (Response to Carl Trueman)

“Which Religious-Liberty Protections Mean Something? A Question for Jonathan Merritt,”Hedgehog Review Blog (April 29, 2016)

“The Christian Witness to the State: Nicolas Wolterstorff on John Howard Yoder,” J.L. & Relig. (2015)

“Across the Great Divides: Why America Needs a More Confident Pluralism,” Hedgehog Review (Fall 2015)

“The Rights of Assembly and Petition,” National Constitution Center (2015) (with Burt Neuborne)

“How to Protect Religious Groups You Admire,” Christianity Today (August 4, 2015) (with Michael McConnell and Richard Garnett)

“Hope in Ferguson,” Wash U. Voices (August 3, 2015)

“The Incomprehensible Witness of Forgiveness,” Hedgehog Review Blog (June 25, 2015)

“Institutions in Context,” 50 Tul. L. Rev. 491 (2015) (solicited review of Paul Horwitz’s First Amendment Institutions)

What to Expect After the Supreme Court’s Marriage Decision,” Christianity Today (April 28, 2015)

“Pluralism Doesn’t Mean Relativism,” Christianity Today (April 6, 2015)

“Is Religious Freedom Imperiled?” Hedgehog Review Blog (March 20, 2015)

“What is Truth in Ferguson and New York City?” Hedgehog Review Blog (December 17, 2014)

“Protests, Assembly, and the Public Forum,” Yale Books Unbound (December 12, 2014)

“Law and Violence,” Hedgehog Review Blog (November 26, 2014)

“5 Guidelines for Living in a Pluralist Society,” Christianity Today (October 10, 2014)

“Virtual Assembly and the Legal Limits of Digital Dualism” The Infernal Machine (September 24, 2014)

“The Perverse Effects of the ‘All Comers’ Requirement,” Liberty Law Blog (September 15, 2014)

“The Right of Assembly Violently Wrested,” Hedgehog Review Blog (September 11, 2014)

“Let’s Talk About Race,” St. Louis Post-Dispatch (August 14, 2014)

“Freedom of the Church Not Freedom of Religion,” Liberty Law Online Forum (August 7, 2014)

“Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights?  It’s More Complicated,” Christianity Today (July 16, 2014)

“The First Amendment Decision Nobody’s Talking About,” Christianity Today (July 1, 2014) (discussing McCullen v. Coakley and Hobby Lobby)

“Advocacy and Association,” 2013 Utah L. Rev. OnLaw 1

“The Right of Assembly” in Heritage Guide to the Constitution (David Forte, ed. 2012)

“The Works of Robert Cover,” Journal of Christian Legal Thought (Spring 2011)

“Siding With Sameness,” Raleigh News & Observer (July 1, 2010)