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Why Do We Believe in Religious Freedom?

Miller Center, UVA

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Professor Flake appeared on the Miller Center’s American Forum television broadcast, discussing the question of whether religious freedom can survive among an ever-increasing plurality of faiths. How did the founding fathers think of religion when they wrote the First Amendment? What are the challenges we face as a nation in protecting their vision of religious freedom today? How might Thomas Jefferson have responded to Mormonism, and its perceived threats, had he been president in 1844?

Prof. Flake addresses these questions along with Peter Onuf, in an interview by Douglas Blackmon.