Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy?
RICHARD CIZIK is a Senior Fellow for the United Nations Foundation in Washington DC. In 2008 Cizik and Nobel laureate Eric Chivian together were named one of the 100 most influential scientists and thinkers by Time Magazine. Cizik is the former vice president for government affairs of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). One of the principal drafters of the NAE's 1996 “Statement of Conscience on Worldwide Religious Persecution,” Rev. Cizik is frequently quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, and regularly appears on CNN Headline News, C-SPAN, PBS’s Ethics & Religion News Weekly, WORLD NET, Voice of America, and many other media outlets.
BRAD HIRSCHFIED is a radio and TV talk
show host, Brad Hirschfield and author of You Don’t Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right:
Finding Faith Without Fanaticism, and is the co-host of the
popular weekly radio show, Hirschfield and Kula, airing on KXL
in Portland, Oregon. Listed as one of the nation’s 50 most influential rabbis in Newsweek, and one of the top 30 “Preachers and Teachers” by Beliefnet.com, he is the creator of two landmark series, Building Bridges and American Pilgrimage, both on Bridges TV. As President of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a leadership training institute, think-tank and resource center, he writes a daily column for Beliefnet.com, Windows & Doors, For God’s Sake, for the WashingtonPost/Newsweek.com’s “On Faith.”
WAYNE LAVENDER is an ordained United Methodist Elder, Executive Director of Passing the Peace Inc., and author of Counting Ants While the Elephants March By: Thoughts on Church and State, Poverty and Terrorism, War and Peace. In addition to Masters of Divinity and Masters of Arts degrees from the Pacific School of Religion, he has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University.
RUSSELL G. PEARCE is the Founder and Faculty Director of the Fordham Law School Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work. He is widely credited as a leading animator of what is now known as “religious lawyering.” He has written widely on the intersection of religion and legal ethics with a particular focus on his own Jewish tradition. He joined the Fordham faculty in 1990 and has delivered the Baker & McKenzie Lecture on Legal Ethics at Loyola Chicago Law School, the inaugural Louis D. Brandeis Lecture at Pepperdine Law School and the inaugural William D. Brahms Lecture on Law and Religion at Case Western Reserve Law School. His BA and JD are both from Yale University.
AMELIA J. UELMEN joined Fordham Law in 2001 as the Director of the Institute on Religion, Law & Lawyer’s Work. Her scholarship focuses on how Catholic social thought might shed light on tort law, legal ethics and legal education, and how principles of dialogue might inform debates about religion in the public square. She has been active as an organizer for the Focolare Movement's efforts to build bridges between people of different faiths. She has also worked as a consultant for the Focolare's Economy of Communion project in which businesses operate according to principles of responsibility to the larger community and share profits with the poor. Her BA and JD are both from Georgetown University.