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June 18, 2018

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In God We Trust
Last Featured: 9/17/2000

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Some legislators are calling for this motto, which appears on U.S. currency, to be posted in public places, like schools and courthouses. Others are advocating that the Ten Commandments be posted as well. But would this violate the Constitution`s mandate to separate Church and State? Join us as Akhil Reed Amar and Douglas Kmiec, two of the nation`s leading constitutional scholars, celebrate the groundbreaking of the National Constitution Center and debate religious expression in public life.

Douglas Kmiec is the first holder of the Caruso Family Chair at Pepperdine University School of Law, where he is developing a program in jurisprudence, law and morality. A Fulbright Scholar, Kmiec is the author of three recent books and numerous articles about constitutional law. He served as the head of the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice during the Reagan and Bush Administrations.

Akhil Reed Amar is the Southmayd Professor of Law at Yale Law School, where he has taught constitutional law since 1985. The author of four recent books and many widely cited law review articles, Amar is a contributing editor to both The New Republic and The American Lawyer. In 1995, the National Law Journal named Amar one of forty "Rising Stars in the Law."

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"We have solved by fair experiment the great and interesting question of whether freedom of religion is compatible with order in government, and obedience to the laws. And we have experienced the quiet as well as the comfort which results from leaving everyone to profess freely and openly those principles of religion which are the inductions of his own reason, and the serious convictions of his own inquiries."

— Thomas Jefferson

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