Scholar to speak to TEA Partyers

Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation will speak at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday during a public educational event hosted by TEA Party Maui at the Kalama Heights Retirement Community.

“His topics are of vital interest to all constitutionally minded individuals who value our First Amendment protections of free speech and freedom to practice our religious beliefs unfettered from government intrusion or intervention,” according to an announcement.

A TEA Party Maui business meeting will follow.

Anderson does research and writes about marriage and religious liberty as the William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and a Free Society at The Heritage Foundation, the announcement says. He also focuses on justice and moral principles in economic thought, health care and education. His expertise includes bioethics and natural law theory.

Anderson, who joined the leading Washington think tank’s DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society in 2012, is the editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, N.J.

Anderson’s recent work at Heritage focuses on the constitutional questions surrounding same-sex marriage. He is the co-author with Princeton’s Robert George and Sherif Girgis of the book “What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense,” published by Encounter Books.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Samuel Alito cited the book twice in his dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court case involving the Defense of Marriage Act. The three also co-wrote the article “What is Marriage?” in the winter 2011 issue of Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Kalama Heights is at 101 Kanani Road in Kihei.