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Freedom from Religion or Freedom for Religion?
Freedom from Religion or Freedom for Religion?

Wed, Feb 07


Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

Freedom from Religion or Freedom for Religion?

Does the First Amendment guarantee us the right to be free from religion in the public square? Does it guarantee religious individuals and institutions the right to be exempt from otherwise valid laws that burden their religious beliefs and practices?

Time & Location

Feb 07, 2024, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, 385 E 8th St, Claremont, CA 91711, USA

About the event

In his lecture, Dr. Vincent Phillip Muñoz '93, will explore our “first freedom” in light of the thought of America’s founding fathers. Dr. Muñoz writes and teaches across the fields of constitutional law, American politics, and political philosophy with a focus on religious liberty and the American Founding. He won a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to support his most recent book, Religious Liberty and the American Founding: Natural Rights and the Original Meanings of the First Amendment Religion Clauses, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2022. 

Dr. Muñoz' Athenaeum visit is co-sponsored by the Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World at CMC. Dr. Muñoz' talk is also part of the Athenaeum's 40th Anniversary Series, which celebrates the achievements of CMC alumni from across the years and invites them to return home to Claremont.

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