‘Can I Get Some Respect?” Discussion Tonight

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Religious Freedom Day Events

“Can I Get Some Respect? Flashpoints and Controversies On Religious Freedom.”

Thursday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.-Our nation’s founding documents put forth a vision of the United States as a place for religious freedom, tolerance, and respect. Today, we still strive to live up to that ideal. In September 2010, Ann Arbor City Council passed a resolution to “affirm its commitment to the full rights and dignity for people of all religions and those who are nonreligious” and to encourage “community members and organizations to participate in Religious Freedom Day activities on the weekend of Jan. 16, 2011, as a time to learn about different faith traditions and to foster respect for religious diversity.” Councilmember Carsten Hohnke will be joined by a panel including Rev. Sue Sprowls of Lord of Light Lutheran Church, Rabbi Rob Dobrusin of Beth Israel Congregation, Imam Dawud Walid of the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Michigan, Rev. Robert Keefer of Crossroads Tabernacle Church (Wiccan) and Mary Beijan of the ACLU. Panelists will discuss the current challenges of living up to the ideal of religious tolerance, respect and freedom. The event is sponsored by the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice, the Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County and the Ann Arbor District Library. Location: Ann Arbor District Library Multipurpose Room, 343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor. Details: Chuck Warpehoski, chuck@icpj.net, 734-663-1870.

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