Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Religious Freedom Discussion

Please plan to attend our next Religious Freedom Discussion on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, from 12-1 p.m. MDT when Professor David M. Kirkham presents “Religious Freedom and the American Identity”

Perspectives may vary, especially among non-Americans, as to whether the long-term impact America has had on the rest of the world has been a good one, but no one can deny that that impact has been significant.  And even America's most hard-bitten critics would likely agree that the United States has played a positive role among the world's peoples throughout at least some, if not much of its history.  Although many factors--both cultural and economic--have been cited over the decades to account for America's extraordinary influence, beyond tales of 17th-century pilgrims and puritans, often overlooked has been the contribution that freedom of conscience and religion have made, right up to present times, to the overall shaping of the American identity.  In his third annual contribution to the ICLRS Religious Freedom Discussion Series, Professor Kirkham, holder of a PhD in American Civilization as well as a juris doctorate, will begin to assess the influence of religious freedom on American cultural, intellectual, and political history.  He will then ask, and invite answers to, questions on the relevance of contemporary freedom of conscience and religion protections to some of the largest concerns facing the United States--and perhaps the world--today.

This lecture will be held in 472 JRCB.

The Religious Freedom Discussion Series is sponsored by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School.

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