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January 18, 2020

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“O, Christmas Tree”: Religion in the Public Square
Last Featured: 12/18/2006

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With every holiday season, communities across the nation pull out their holiday decorations: trees, crèches, Christmas lights and Hanukah menorahs. Christmas concerts, parades and plays are scheduled at schools and at community centers, some with local clergy leading “non-denominational” prayers. Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we talk about freedom of religion and the wall of separation between church and state. How far can government go to limit holiday celebrations?

Noah Feldman teaches law at New York University and was recently named chief U.S. advisor to Iraq for the writing of the country’s new constitution. He is the author of Divided By God: America’s Church-State Problem and What We Should Do About It and What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building.

Marci Hamilton is a law professor at the Cardozo School of Law in New York City. She is frequently asked to advise Congress and state legislatures on the constitutionality of pending legislation and to consult in cases before the United States Supreme Court. She is the author of God vs. the Gavel: Religion and the Rule of Law.

Rick Garnett is an associate professor of law at Notre Dame. He has represented religious organizations in a number of church/state cases. He served as law clerk to Chief Justice Rehnquist and to then Chief Judge Richard S.Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He contributed a chapter on Rehnquist's First Amendment decisions to "The Rehnquist Legacy," soon to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Brian Fahling is a senior trial attorney at the Center for Law and Policy of the American Family Association based in Tupelo, Mississippi. He is a regular contributor to "We Hold These Truths," a daily radio program featuring discussions on First Amendment and other constitutional issues.

Annie Laurie Gaylor is President of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, a group that advocates for the separation of church and state, based in Madison, WI. She founded the organization in 1976, along with her mother, Anne Nicol Gaylor. She is the author of Women Without Superstition: No Gods - No Masters.

Alan Schick taught middle school at St. Helen's school in Schenectady, NY for 41 years. He retired in June of 2005.

All I want for Christmas...
Justice Talking solicited year-end wishes from a number of leading public figures. Their responses are presented here.

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