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Join us on April 10 & 11, 2014 for our 10th annual conference: 

Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to Our Religious Liberty

Please join us on the beautiful campus of Grove City College for our annual two-day conference, featuring a stellar cast of leading intellectuals and commentators. We’ll discuss many questions pertaining to threats to our religious liberty.

The title of our conference, “Faith and Freedom Abused,” was inspired by James Madison’s Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments, written in 1785 and four years before the penning of the First Amendment. Today, Americans’ religious liberties are under assault. Business owners are fighting lawsuits pertaining to homosexual marriage while entrepreneurs and churches are challenging contraception and abortifacient mandates ordered by Obamacare—pleading with the federal government to simply honor their longtime freedom of conscience. These are just the latest in a long train of religious liberty abuses, but one fears that things are getting progressively worse. The question is no longer whether religious liberty is under assault in America but whether Americans understand the source and history of their religious liberty and what to do to protect it. Such is the subject of our next Center for Vision & Values conference, “Faith and Freedom Abused: Threats to Our Religious Liberty.”

As you interact with some of America’s leading intellectuals, enjoy wonderful banquet meals, and relax on Grove City College’s spectacular campus, you’ll be making an investment in our nation’s future and yourself. Join us in our mission to restore the faith and freedom foundation of American citizenship and advance liberty around the world!

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Schedule:

Thursday, April 10, 2014

9:30 – 9:50 | Harbison Chapel
“Where the Spirit of the Lord Is…” by Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute.  All are welcomed to attend. Praise songs begin at 9:00 a.m. and chapel begins at 9:30.

10:00 – 11:15 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“A Culture of Religious Liberty” by Gerard Bradley, professor of law at the University of Notre Dame.

11:30 – 12:45 | Lunch in Old MAP (for those who register for meals)
“Can a Stridently Secular Pop Culture Make Room for Professions of Faith?” by Michael Medved (nationally syndicated radio talk show host, best-selling author, and veteran film critic)

1:00 – 2:15 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Defending Faith and Freedom at the U.S. Supreme Court: Lawyers for the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialty Cases” by Jeff Ventrella of the Alliance Defending Freedom, Michael Geer and Randall Wenger of Pennsylvania Family Institute’s Independence Law Center
Sponsored by: Bradley S. Tupi, Esquire

2:30 – 3:45 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Practicing One’s Faith as a Counselor, Coach and Teacher” by Sean Severson, Dr. Warren Throckmorton, and Dr. Patricia Tinkey ’75

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“Historical Tensions Between Liberty and Religious Pluralism” by Dr.  Paul Kemeny and Dr. Andrew Mitchell

4:00 – 5:00 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“The First Amendment After the Church Service Ends” by Rick Santorum, a candidate for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2012. Prior to running for President, Senator Santorum served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991 to 1995, and in the U.S. Senate from 1995 to 2007.

3:00 – 6:00 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Atrium
“The Michael Medved Show” — radio show by Michael Medved

5:15 – 6:30 | Dinner in Old MAP (for those who register for meals)
“Religious Persecution in a World Aflame: The Threat to Freedom of Conscience of All” by Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

7:00 – 8:00 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Religious Cleansing” by  Nina Shea, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom.

Friday, April 11, 2014

9:00 – 9:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Threats to Religious Liberty on Campus” by Robert Shibley, senior vice president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

10:00 – 10:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Whose toleration? Which Religious Liberty?: The reasons for and consequences of religious liberty” by Dr. Michael Coulter and Dr. David DiQuattro

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“Jesus and Religious Liberty” by Dr. T. David Gordon

11:30 – 12:45 | Lunch in Old MAP (for those who register for meals)
“Is God Alone Lord of the Conscience?” by Dr. L. John Van Til

1:00 – 1:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“From Wisconsin v. Yoder to Employment Division v. Smith. Do We Still Have Religious Liberty?” by Dr. John Sparks

Simultaneous lecture | Pew Fine Arts Center / Recital Hall
“Religious Freedom in the Early Muslim World, Byzantium and Russia” by Dr. Mark Graham and Dr. Andrew Harvey

2:00 – 2:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and Religious Liberty” by Dr. Gary Smith

Simultaneous lecture | Hall of Arts and Letters Room 110
“Religious Liberty, conversion and American Foreign Policy” by Dr. Steven Jones

3:00 – 3:50 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“Keeping the Ark Afloat: The Future of Christianity” by Dr. Marvin Folkertsma and Dr. Mark Hendrickson

Simultaneous lecture | Hall of Arts and Letters Room 110
“Religion as Resistance” by Dr. Robert Clemm  and Dr. Eric Potter.

5:15 – 6:30 | Dinner in Old MAP (for those who register for meals)
“The Greatest Threat of All: The Soviet War on Religion–and How It Was Ended” by Dr. Paul Kengor

7:00 – 8:00 | Hall of Arts and Letters / Sticht Lecture Hall
“What do we do now?: A Christian response to religious liberty threats” by Michael Geer, Dr. T. David Gordon, Bradley S. Tupi, Esq., Dr. L. John Van Til; moderated by Dr. John Sparks