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February 8, 2012

The University of Minnesota Law School and a consortium of law student organizations has named Feb. 27-March 2 “Law & Religion Week,” with each day featuring a lunchtime event focusing on the interplay between law and religion. All events except that of Thursday, March 1, will take place at 12:15 p.m. Room 20 Mondale Hall, 229 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis. All events are open to the public.

Topics of the week’s events are:

  • Monday, Feb. 27: “The Moral Responsibilities of Investment Bankers”
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28: “Faith in the Workplace: Praying for Accommodation”
  • Wednesday Feb. 29: “Sex and Religion in the Law”
  • Thursday, March 1: No event scheduled due to “The Great Gay Marriage Debate,” co-hosted by the Federalist Society, Law School Democrats, OutLaw, and St. Thomas More Society, at 12:15 p.m. in Room 25
  • Friday, March 2: “Religion in the Public Square”

The March 2 event will feature a panel discussion by U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (Law School class of 1990), former gubernatorial candidate and current chair of the Minnesota Faith & Freedom Coalition Tom Emmer, and Executive Director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference Jason Adkins (Law School class of 2006). Professor Richard Painter will moderate.

Among the questions the panel will address: Are religious views discounted in today’s pluralistic and secularizing culture because they stem from a proponent’s belief about ultimate reality? To what extent are they discounted? To what extent should they be? Are religious views legitimate only if they are also supported by secular arguments?

Law & Religion Week is the brainchild of the Muslim Law Student Association, Christian Legal Society, Jewish Law Student Association, and St. Thomas More Society.

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