NewsThe First Amendment and Protecting Freedom From Religion
Marlboro, VT—Author, lawyer and social critic Wendy Kaminer presents a discussion on the First amendment and freedom of religion on Monday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m. in Ragle Hall in the Serkin Center at Marlboro College.
In “Putting Freedom of Conscience First: The Secular Alternative,” Kaminer explores the deterioration of freedom from religion in recent years, the difference between religious rights and religious power and the relationship between secularism and civil liberty.
Advocates of church/state partnerships suggest that the First Amendment does not protect freedom from religion; it only protects freedom of religion. Contrary to that belief, Kaminer asserts that by protecting you from state religions, the First Amendment protects your right to practice your religion.
Kaminer has written extensively about religion and American politics, most recently in her book Free for All: Defending Liberty in America Today. A graduate of Smith College and Boston University Law School, she is also the author of A Fearful Freedom: Women’s Flight from Equality and Sleeping with Extra-Terrestrials: the Rise of Irrationalism and Perils of Piety.
The Marlboro College Monday Night Lecture Series is funded by the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, the Thomas Thompson Trust, the Vermont Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and an anonymous donor.
For more details, call Kathy Reynolds in the Marlboro College Public Affairs office at (802) 251-7644