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Religion on public square is topic of panel discussion

The role of religion on the public square is the topic of a panel discussion at 8 p.m.  Thursday, Aug. 8, at Thomas Auditorium at BRCC.

Interfaith Action, an organization of clergy and laity in Henderson County, is sponsoring "Render Unto Caesar," a forum about the place of religion in public life and government and the role of government in religious institutions. What does “Wall of Separation” between religion and state mean? Is America a Christian nation? If so, what is the place of non-Christians in America? What is the proper role of religion in a free society?

Phillip Allen, president of the WNC chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, will keynote the program, explaining the issues. The Rev. Bill Campbell and Rabbi Phil Cohen will respond. The panel discussion will be followed by questions and answers. The program will be moderated by Rabbi Philip J Bentley.
“Render Unto Caesar” is co-sponsored by Interfaith Action and the Community Enrichment Program at Blue Ridge Community College.