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2008-2009 Interfaith Speaker Series: Public Funding and Religious Expression: Where Do You Draw the Line?


How should the free exercise of religion be balanced when some aspect of the activity or institution is publicly funded? This series explores this policy concern by considering three topics: political campaigning by or within tax-exempt religious communities; support for religious services and a religious presence in the military; and support for religious student groups at public universities.

Should University Antidiscrimination Rules Apply to Religious Student Groups? (May 2009)

Conversation with:
Nelson Tebbe, Associate Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School
Rev. Martin I. Esguerra, M.Id., Campus Minister/Chaplain

Reading:
Nelson Tebbe, Excluding Religion, 156 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1263 (2008)
Thomas C. Berg, Response, Religious Choice and Exclusions of Religion, 157 U. PA. L. REV. PENNUMBRA 100 (2008)
Richard W. Garnett, Response, “Excluding Religion”: A Response, 157 U. PA. L. REV. PENNUMBRA 113 (2008)
Steven D. Smith, Response, Playing Around with Religion’s Constitutional Joints, 157 U. PA. L. REV. PENNUMBRA 123 (2008)
Nelson Tebbe, Response, Excluding Religion: A Reply, 157 U. PA. L. REV. PENNUMBRA 283 (2009)

Religion in the Military: Accommodation or Promotion? (November 2008)

Conversation with:
Prof. Robert Tuttle, David R. & Sherry Kirschner Berz Research Professor of Law & Religion, George Washington Law School
Rabbi Harold L. Robinson, Rear Admiral CHC USN Ret, Director of the Jewish Welfare Board-Jewish Chaplains Council

Reading:
Ira C. Lupu, Robert W. Tuttle, Instruments of Accommodation: The Military Chaplaincy and the Constitution, 110 West Virginia Law Review 89-165 (2007)

Pulpit Politics: Election Year Pitfalls and Opportunities (September 2008)

Conversation with:
Mark E. Chopko, Esq., Chair of the Nonprofit and Religious Organizations Practice Group, Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, LLP; Former General Counsel of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Rev. Alfonso Wyatt, Fund for the City of New York, ordained minister on the staff of The Greater Allen Cathedral of New York

Reading:
Mark E. Chopko, Understanding the Political Activity Restriction, Non Profit and Religious Organizations, Alert, March 2008
Mark E. Chopko, Constitutional Issues, Excerpt from Chopko, "The challenge of Liberty of Religion in the United States," published in M. Hill, ed., Religious Liberty and Human Rights (Univ. of Wales, Cardiff., 2002)
IRS, Tax Guide for Churches and Religious Organizations