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Constitution at Work: Separation of Church and State discussion

The Constitution at Work examines particular current social debates through the lens of the Constitution, related legal rulings and ethical considerations in a series of Conversations between Hugh Taft-Morales, Leader, Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, and his guest, Kim Roosevelt, University of PA Law Professor, whose latest book, Conflict of Laws, offers an accessible analytical overview of conflicts.

On Monday, December 3, 7:00PM we will have our third session focus on Church and State Separation. We will explore questions including: How does the Constitution and following court rulings explain the separation of religious and civil activity? How do we assure an appropriate separation of church and state while maintaining religious freedom?

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  • erik michael y.

    very lively, wide-ranging, friendly, with plenty of wit and total lack of blustering and animosity; i was at ease all the time; the organizers were excellent; enjoyed it very very much! 2 speakers were able to approach a complex subject and make it understandable.

    December 4, 2012

  • Lee D.

    During the gun control debate there was a fairly complete acceptance of the principle that felons should have their access to guns restricted. Perhaps the Founders were aware of how it generally works out when the machinery of the State is handed over to organized religion. Why even Quakers would eventually succumb to temptation and use secular power to "encourage" consensus. After all , they formed a Meeting that accepted Richard Nixon. In contrast, a secular co-op in New York refused to let him move in! This last anecdote speaks to the importance of maintaining a balance of powers in government. Everyone can find a place in a pluralistic society and a theocracy is anything but.

    November 19, 2012

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