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Wake Forest to host discussion of faith, the founders and the first amendment


September 12, 2007

Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Leland and Benjamin Franklin were among the founders who forged the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  At 11 a.m. Sept. 15 in Wait Chapel, Wake Forest University’s Constitution week observance will focus on how these men fought for freedom of religion – and how those battles continue today. 

Join James Dunn, professor of Christianity and public policy at the Divinity School, as he shares surprising stories about the founding fathers.  Melissa Rogers, visiting professor of religion and public policy, will discuss how current issues dealing with public prayer, taxpayer-funded religious education, activities and expression were anticipated by the founders, who wrote their solutions into the constitution and First Amendment.

The Constitution week observance is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Divinity School.  The program is free and open to the public. 

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


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