The Church and State Debate

Dec 3, 2012

Many use the First Amendment to argue their notion of religious liberty, which is defined as both freedom from government involvement in religion and freedom to practice one’s faith.  But disagreements abound over these matters, whether it’s prayer at public meetings, polling places at churches, or substituting the term “holiday” for Christmas. Today, experts on both sides debate church and state.


  • Barry W. Lynn - Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, an organization dedicated to preserving the Constitution’s religious liberty provisions. He is also an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He is in the state to speak at the NH Civil Liberty Union's annual Bill of Rights dinner.
  • Hiram Sasser - Director of Litigation for Liberty Institute, a non-profit law firm dedicated to defending and restoring religious liberty across America. Some of the Institute's prominent cases include representing veterans groups who objected to the removal of a cross at a memorial site in the Mojave Desert.

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