American Faith: The Origin and Meaning of Religious Liberty

Monday, September 21, 2015 at 5 p.m.

$7 Members, teachers & students • $10 public • Free for 1787 Society Members
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On the occasion of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia, the Center convenes two all-star panels on the historical origins of religious liberty in America and the contemporary debates about its meaning and impact.


The first panel provides historical analysis of the Founding era and the Religion Clauses of the First Amendment. Participants include Philip Hamburger of Columbia Law School; Marci Hamilton of the Cardozo School of Law; Douglas Laycock of the University of Virginia School of Law; and Michael McConnell of Stanford Law School.


The second panel considers current issues and the limits of religious liberty in a democratic society. Participants include Kristina Arriaga of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty; David French, formerly of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education; Greg Lipper of Americans United for Separation of Church and State; and Robin Fretwell Wilson of the University of Illinois College of Law.

This program is presented in conjunction with our NEW exhibition, Religious Liberty and the Founding of America, opening August 21!

Event & Parking Information

Registration is recommended for all programs. Call 215-409-6700 or CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

Please note programs are subject to change; call the National Constitution Center or check our website for updated information. National Constitution Center programs begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted.

Parking will be available for $9 at the National Constitution Center parking garage located at the rear of the building on Race Street between 5th and 6th streets on a first-come, first-served basis. Pick up your discounted parking voucher at registration.


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