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Freedom of Religion
Last Featured: 6/2/2008

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The protection to practice any religion is written into the U.S. Constitution. Over the years there have been battles over how to interpret these protections or freedoms as well as concerns over the separation of Church and State. All of these issues come up in the major institutions of our society – schools, the military, prisons and politics. On this edition of Justice Talking, what does religious freedom mean in the 21st century?

Religion in City Hall
Reporter Tanya Ott tells the story of Birmingham, Alabama where the mayor preaches the word of God from City Hall.

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Founding Faith
Host Margot Adler speaks with author Steven Waldman about the history of religious liberty in the U.S.

Steven Waldman is the Editor-in-Chief, CEOand co-founder of Beliefnet. He's also the author of Founding Faith: Providence, Politics and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America.

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Debate: Religious Liberty in the United States
Reverend Barry Lynn and Jay Sekulow debate the state of religious freedom in the U.S.

Rev. Barry W. Lynn is 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.

Jay Alan Sekulow is chief counsel for the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice). Sekulow has presented oral arguments in numerous Supreme Court cases. In 2005, TIME Magazine named Sekulow one of the "25 Most Influential Evangelicals" in America.

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Faith Based Initiatives Behind Bars
Host Margot Adler speaks with law professor Robert Tuttle about faith based initiatives in the U.S. prison system.

Robert Tuttle is a professor at the George Washington University Law School, where he has taught since 1994.

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The Right to Prison Rites
Host Margot Adler speaks with prison chaplain Reverend Patrick McCollum about the religious rights of prisoners.

Rev. Patrick McCollum is Director and Chair of the National Correctional Chaplaincy Directors Association. He is also the Statewide Wiccan Chaplain for the California Department of Corrections.

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The Pentacle Quest
Host Margot Adler recounts her trip to Arlington Cemetery for a Wiccan funeral after the Veteran's administration amended its list of acceptable religious symbols.

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