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History of Religious Freedom in America by Charles Sumner

at Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Nashville TN

Jul 19
History of  Religious Freedom in America by Charles Sumner


What was the status of religious liberty in the 13 colonies?
How and why did this change?
What has been called America’s greatest contribution to human civilization?

Charles Sumner is on the National Leadership Council and a past-president of Nashville Chapter Americans United for Separation of Church and State.  He is a graduate of Cornell University and is retired from the pharmaceutical industry. He believes with Thomas Jefferson that religious liberty is meant to encompass “the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and the Mahometan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.”

His talk will attempt to explain how the miserable state of religious liberty in the 13 Colonies led our founders to make the biggest break in recorded history by deciding that in our new nation there would no longer be any union of church and state. That meant there would be no religious test for public office, that all would be free to worship (or not worship) as they desired, that there would be no tax for religion, and that government would not show favoritism to religion.


Free admission.


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The church is located 0.3 miles north of 70S. There is also a small discussion group at 9:45. Lunch is served at 12:15 and is free to visitors. The Unitarian church is a non-creedal denomination which welcomes all. Child care and Sunday school available.

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Congregation

374 Hicks Road, Nashville, TN 37221

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