Public lecture at Penn tonight on what is wrong with extreme religious liberty

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Fels Lessons in Public Leadership with Dr. Marci Hamilton: God vs. the Gavel

Monday, October 6, 2014 – 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Clergy sex abuse, polygamy, children dying from faith-healing, companies that refuse to do business with same-sex couples, and residential neighborhoods forced to host homeless shelters and rehab clinics next door to children. What do these have in common? They are all examples of believers harming others and demanding religious liberty regardless of the harm. Dr. Marci Hamilton’s book God vs. the Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty unmasks those responsible, explains how this new set of rights is not derived from the First Amendment, and argues for a return to common sense religious liberty. This book sets the record straight, through facts and documented stories, about the move toward extreme religious liberty in the United States.

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Marci A. Hamilton is one of the United States’ leading church/state scholars and holds the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University. She specializes in religious organizations and individuals that violate the law; the First Amendment’s Religion Clauses; the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and its state counterparts; and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). She clerked for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and successfully challenged the constitutionality of RFRA at the Supreme Court in Boerne v. Flores, 521 U.S. 507 (1997).



2nd Floor Auditorium, Hillel

215 S. 39th St.

PhiladelphiaPA 19104

United States