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Thursday, September 24 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
PANEL: Are houses of worship 'essential' during a pandemic?

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When the pandemic shut down non-essential services, it fired up a debate about the First Amendment as some governors did not deem religious meetings as "essential." While most religious institutions turned to virtual services, some kept their doors open in defiance. Although the Supreme Court has sided so far against calls to overturn state restrictions, the debate rages on with the end of the pandemic nowhere in sight. Where are the lines in a conversation about public health risks and religious liberty?

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Deepa Bharath

Staff Writer, Southern California News Group

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Robert Tyler

President, Advocates for Faith & Freedom, General Counsel, Tyler & Bursch, LLP
info@tylerbursch.com  //  @advocates4faith  //  Robert Tyler, general counsel at Tyler & Bursch, LLP, and president, Advocates for Faith & Freedom, has been instrumental in the furtherance of religious liberty and other constitutional liberties through the education of officials... Read More →
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Rev. Alvin Gwynn

Pastor, Friendship Baptist Church
410-433-4006  //  A Baltimore native, the Rev. Alvin J. Gwynn Sr. has a doctorate from Eastern Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Va. He has been on staff at Friendship Baptist Church in northeast Baltimore since 1989 and senior pastor since 2002. He is also president of Baltimore’s... Read More →
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John Inazu

Professor of Law and Religion, Washington University
@JohnInazu  //  John Inazu is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University in St. Louis.  He teaches criminal law, law and religion, and various First Amendment seminars.  His scholarship focuses on the First Amendment freedoms of... Read More →
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Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback

Stephen Wise Temple
jgoldstein@wisela.org  //  @RabbiYoshi  //  Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He graduated from Princeton University in 1991 and was ordained as a Rabbi by the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in 1998... Read More →

Thursday September 24, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT