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Lecture Capsule: Religious Freedom, Dawn of the First Amendment

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Pinheiro lectures at Acton University.

In an Acton University lecture titled “Religious Freedom: The Dawn of the First Amendment,” John Pinheiro sought to give a fuller understanding of the meaning of the First Amendment through its historical context. Contrary to a current widespread belief, Religious Freedom has not always been valued in the United States and has been almost constantly threatened, even after the ratification of the Constitution.  Pinheiro described the Founders’ fight for religious liberty as both radical and counter-cultural because of the religious conflict and disdain for true religious freedom that existed throughout the history of the United States and continues today.

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