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Can God and Caesar Coexist?

Speaker: Father Robert Drinan
Date: May 4, 2005

Robert F. Drinan, a former five-term congressman from Massachusetts and former dean of the Boston College Law School, considers external pressures against religious freedom in his latest book, Can God and Caesar Coexist? Balancing Religious Freedom and International Law. Islamic countries do not respect the free exercise of religion, nor does China which has "the worst record on religious freedom in the world." The U.S. provides favorable tax treatment for organized religions. No country, he argues, permits the exercise of religion without restraint or favor. How should modern societies bridge the conflicts between faith-driven behavior and what a particular society will permit?

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