The Mideast conflict is not doomed to stalemate. Right and left, religious and secular, hawkish and peacenik, a wide spectrum of Israelis and Palestinians are implementing their vision for the future without waiting for their leaders – or a peace deal.
As prelude to the 2015 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference, “Law, Religion, and Health in America,” this pre-conference session held on May 7, 2015 at the Harvard Law School examined the role of religion in the American public sphere. Our expert panel discussed the nature of conscience and conscientious objection, religious freedom, and religious accommodation from philosophical, theological, historical, legal, and political perspectives. This video features Professor Diane L. Moore's presentation. See here to view the entire forum.
E. J. Dionne, Jr., Columnist, The Washington Post; Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Diane L. Moore, Senior Lecturer on Religious Studies and Education and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School
Charles Fried, Beneficial Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Frank Wolf, Representative, Virginia’s 10th Congressional District, U.S. House of Representatives, 1981-2015 (retired)
Moderator: Daniel Carpenter, Freed Professor of Government, Harvard University and Director, Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University
Moderator: I. Glenn Cohen, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and Faculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center
Remarks by Martha Minow, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
An interview with Princeton Professor Kevin Kruse on his 2015 publication entitled One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America. In this interview, Kruse tells the story outlined in his book about how corporate business leaders in the 1930s joined with influential Christian leaders to challenge New Deal policies as a form of "Pagan Stateism" and inherently sinful. Instead they argued that Christianity and capitalism were "soulmates" and mutually reinforcing.
Tells the story of the origins and development of the Pledge of Allegiance. Originally penned by an ordained Baptist minister named Francis Bellamy to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Columbus in the New World in 1892, the original version did not contain the phrase "under God" or any religious reference.