On February 20-22, 2013, the Program for Jewish Civilization held an international conference on secularism in the United States, France, and Israel. In the opening event of the “Secularism on the Edge” conference, Professor John Fea of Messiah College discusses his historical research on the development of church-state relations in the United States. By examining documents such as the Declaration of Independence, Treaty of Tripoli, and Constitution of the Confederate States of America, Dr. Fea and Jacques Berlinerblau of Georgetown [...]
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Throughout 2012, the question of healthcare reform has dominated national news. A central point of contention? Insurance coverage for female employees’ contraceptives. Several religious groups, including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, vocally opposed to the Obama administration’s healthcare mandate efforts, arguing that they contravened freedom of religion and forced employers to act contrary to their consciences. In this video, Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ of Georgetown University addresses several key issues relating to Catholics, the Obama Administration, and the [...]