Symposium – Freedom From Religion: Rights and National Security

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Mountain Daylight Time • 2.0 hours CLE credit

Free parking available at the Rice-Eccles Stadium lot

Based on Professor Amos N. Guiora’s new book, Freedom from Religion: Rights and National Security (Oxford University Press, 2009), this Symposium will explore the limits of tolerance of religious extremism in five countries and its impact on the current terrorism threat our world faces. By drawing on varied perspectives and disciplines — religion, cognitive science, history, philosophy, and law — the panelists will challenge conventional wisdom by asking whether the threat of future terrorism might be lessened by government’s curtailing religious extremism.

The Speakers

Amos N. Guiora, Professor of Law, University of Utah

Terry S. Kogan, Professor of Law, University of Utah

Scott M. Matheson, Professor of Law, University of Utah

John C. Lentz, Pastor & Head of Staff, Forest Hill Presbyterian Church

William E. Deal, Severance Professor of the History of Religion, Case Western Reserve University

The Agenda

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast – Law School Lobby
8:30 AM – 8:45 AM Welcoming Remarks: Professor Terry Kogan, Moderator
8:45 AM – 9:15 AM Presentation of Book: Professor Amos Guiora
9:15 AM – 9:40 AM First Amendment Response: Professor Scott Matheson
9:40 AM – 10:05 AM Religious Studies Response: Professor William Deal
10:05 AM – 10:30 AM Religious Practitioner’s Response: Pastor John Lentz
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Audience Written Questions/E-mails/Tweets Posed by Moderator to Panelists