Islam and the American Promise of Religious Freedom. Books and Bridges
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Who is religious freedom for? How far do its protections extend? Are Muslims included in this promise? Legal scholar Asma Uddin will discuss these questions in her book talk on “When Islam Is Not a Religion: Inside America’s Fight for Religious Freedom.” As a lawyer and national voice who defends people of all faiths, Uddin examines the various ways that American society singles out Muslims as somehow unfit for constitutional protection. She shows the danger of applying religious freedom selectively. As a person of Muslim faith, Uddin wields considerable philosophical acumen in arguing that religious freedom only for some ends up being religious freedom for none. A Q&A and refreshments will follow. The lecture is free, open to the public, and made possible by a grant from Utah Humanities.
This event is organized by Books & Bridges — a community institute of ideas and conversation. Our mission is to facilitate discussion on the best of human thought. We explore the wisdoms of the world and apply them to modern life. We have no political, religious or ideological affiliation. In a society divided by uncivil discourse, the beauty of the humanities—novels, history, philosophy, poetry, ethics and epics—lifts us to our better angels. In our busy world we need space for friends and fellow learners to do a little more heart-to-heart and mind-to-mind.