Faith, religion in government to be talk topic March 18

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Two experts on the debate between faith and religion in American politics and government will speak March 18 at Gettysburg College.

Jay Sekulow and Rev. Barry W. Lynn will speak on "Interpreting the First Amendment Religion Clause" at 7:30 p.m. in the College Union Building Ballroom. As two leading voices, Sekulow and Lynn often present together on issues involving religion's role in the public sphere. The talk is open to the public at no charge. The lecture will conclude the 2008-09 Eisenhower Institute Speaker Series.

Sekulow is chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, a law firm and educational organization that focuses on constitutional law, as well as chief counsel of the European Center for Law and Justice. Sekulow graduated cum laude with both a bachelor's degree and doctor of jurisprudence from Mercer University. He went on to receive a Ph.D. from Regent University with a dissertation on American legal history. Sekulow serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Supreme Court Historical Society in Washington, D.C. and has served as a faculty member for the Office of Legal Education at the United States Department of Justice. In 2005, TIME Magazine named Sekulow one of the "25 Most Influential Evangelicals" and The National Law Journal named Sekulow one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers" in the United States in 1994 and 1997.

Lynn has served as executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to the preservation of the Constitution's religious liberty provisions. In addition to his work as a long-time activist and lawyer in the civil liberties field, Lynn is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He received his theology degree from Boston University School of Theology in 1973. A member of the Washington, D.C. bar, Lynn earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1978. In 1995, Lynn co-authored "The Right to Religious Liberty: The Basic ACLU Guide to Religious Rights." He writes frequently on religious liberty issues, and has had essays published in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and The Nation.

Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with approximately 2,600 students. It is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. The college was founded in 1832.

By: Lawrese Brown, class of 2010

Contact: Kendra Martin, director of media relations

Posted: Wed, 11 Mar 2009

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