White House picks Baptist, religious liberty scholar to head faith-based office

Published: Friday, March 15 2013 12:15 p.m. MDT

Other religious liberty issues brewing are how to protect religious businesses and individuals who don’t wish to affirm same-sex marriage but still respect the rights of same-sex couples; and the legal standoff over the health care law, which requires most faith groups, except houses of worship — to make contraception available to their employees.

"Rogers, a Baptist, was among those who warned the White House about the conflict and urged finding ways to protect objectors," the Post reported.

Rogers has served as director of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity Center for Religion and Public Affairs and as a nonresident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution. She also teaches courses on church-state relations and Christianity and public policy within the divinity school.

Rogers previously served as the executive director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life in Washington, D.C. She has co-authored a case book on religion and law for Baylor University Press, "Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court."

She earned her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a member of the National Moot Court team and a Legal Writing instructor. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Baylor University.

email: mbrown@desnews.com

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