Mark David Hall

Mark David Hall

Professor of Politics
George Fox University

Mark David Hall is Herbert Hoover Professor of Politics and Faculty Fellow in the William Penn Honors Program at George Fox University. Hall has been at George Fox since 2001. He received a BA in political science from Wheaton College and a PhD in political science from the University of Virginia.

He has also written more than 50 journal articles, book chapters, reviews and sundry pieces. He is currently co-editing Great Christian Jurists In American History (Cambridge University Press) and co-authoring a book tentatively titled America’s “Godless” Constitution, Deist Founders, and other Myths About Religion and the American Founding.

Mark also serves as a Senior Fellow at Baylor University’s Institute for the Studies of Religion.

Blog Posts

Civil servants should not lose their jobs for committing thought crimes.

A government commission has recommended that a civil servant be removed from his post because of his thoughts. A scene from George Orwell’s 1984 or the dystopian novel Kallocain? Alas,…

Does the constitution require a war on Christmas?

“In no way did America’s Founders — especially those men who drafted and ratified the First Amendment — desire to build a wall of separation between church and state.” — Mark Hall

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Trump’s Secretary of Education pick is good news for religious freedom.

However, DeVos’s nomination has come under assault because she supports vouchers that enable parents to, among other options, send their children to religious schools.

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Clergy should be able to preach without fear

In the absence of a compelling interest, such as preventing physical harm, governments have no right to control what goes on inside of churches and other houses of worship.

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Should the government step in to outlaw discrimination?

National and state governments often create accommodations to protect religious individuals from neutral, generally applicable laws, but they have also passed laws affirmatively protecting religious citizens from discrimination by both…

Religion vs. Abortion, Explained

There is no denying that protecting religious actors who are licensed by the state to provide medical services is one of the most complicated policy areas in which religious citizens have been accommodated.

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Peyote, Alcohol, and Religious Liberty

In this seventh installment in his series on religious liberty, Prof. Mark Hall explains how legislators have carved out exemptions to the Controlled Substances Act to protect religious ceremonies involving controlled substances.

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The Right to Sit During the Pledge of Allegiance

One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections.

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How the Amish Led the Fight Against Compulsory Schooling

Because students educated at home or in private schools regularly outperform students in public schools, it seems reasonable to conclude that such accommodations have not had a detrimental effect on the quality of education in these states.

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Oath Taking and Religious Liberty in American History

Historically, oaths have been seen as essential for ensuring the loyalty and fidelity of citizens and elected officials. They were also viewed as critically important for the effective functioning of…

A History of Accomodating Religious Objections to War

Professor Mark Hall catalogues a history of accommodating religious objections to military service in this third installment to his series on religious liberty.

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Protecting Religious Liberty and the Common Good Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

In this second installment to the series on religious freedom, Professor Mark Hall explains a third way to protecting both religious liberty and the public interest.

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Some Reflections on Whether We Should Abandon Religious Liberty

Impinging on religious liberty rarely, if ever, benefits the commons good, as Professor Mark Hall explains in this first installment in a series on religious liberty.

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