Symposium on Religious Extremism and Terrorism

by Chris Borgen

Tomorrow (Friday, October 23rd), the S.J. Quinney College of Law of the University of Utah will host a symposium entitled Freedom from Religion: Rights and National Security. You can watch the symposium online via a link on this page. Here’s the brief description:

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 agenda is as follows (be sure to adjust for your timezone!):

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

The U.S. East Coast times would be  10:30 am – 1:00 pm.

One Response

  1. I’m going to be on a plane when this event is happening, but I just wanted to add that I read the book in page proofs and thought it was exceptionally interesting.  Very important topic and equally interesting take on it.

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