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Local attorney discusses founding perspective on religious freedom

For Immediate Release: September 10

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Dr. Dan Ponder
Associate Professor of History and Political Science
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Sept. 10, 2010 — Tom Strong will present a talk titled “Religious Freedom: Our Founding Fathers’ View” on Friday, Sept. 17 at noon in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Strong will use sixty-two graphics to help explain how religious beliefs in Europe and Asia influenced religious beliefs in the New World; the different faiths in the colonies; the beliefs of our founding fathers and how the American Revolution influenced our thoughts about religious freedom. He will further discuss how the U.S. Supreme Court has interpreted the First Amendment.

Strong is a trial attorney with more than 50 years of experience. He has been recognized with honors including “The Order of the Barristers” award from the University of Missouri and recognition in The Best Lawyers in America.

This event will be co-hosted by the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (SMBA) and Drury University’s Pre-Law Fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta.

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