University President John Garvey spoke about religious liberty at the annual Catholic Courier lecture series. The Courier wrote about the talk. See below.

CUA president urges 'zeal' in defending religious liberty

From: Catholic Courier Date: Sept. 16, 2016 Author: Mike Latona

... "This political and cultural climate has become increasingly hostile toward people of faith," Garvey, one of the nation's leading scholars on religious liberty, told a gathering of approximately 300 people during his presentation, "The New Religion Wars." He spoke at Sacred Heart Cathedral Sept. 15 for the second-annual Catholic Courier Lecture.

Garvey described a trend of increasingly coercive actions toward those who, because of their religious beliefs, refuse to submit to the established order -- even though, he said, our nation's founding fathers emphasized the freedom to practice such beliefs.

He acknowledged that the religious-freedom concerns in the United States don't equate to the violence perpetrated against people of faith in several others countries, where the faithful pay for their religious beliefs in bloodshed. Nor, Garvey said, does the American situation match the loss of life among early Christian martyrs by decree of the Roman emperors. ...

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