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Religious freedom examined


Winchester Academy will present a program on  church-state separation with Sam Grover at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, at the Waupaca Area Public Library.

Sponsored by Winchester Academy, the program is free and open to the public.

Grover is an attorney with the Freedom From Religion Foundation. He will focus on examples of religious promotion by the government that will underscore why the ideological battle over church-state separation should be of concern to everyone, regardless of their personal beliefs.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a national nonprofit organization based in Madison, whose purpose is to protect the constitutional principle of separation of state and church.

According to Grover, FFRF has many religious members in addition to the atheists and agnostics they often represent. He believes his presentation will do justice to the common interests of all its members: preserving one of our nation’s founding principles, enshrined in the Constitution’s Establishment Clause.

Sharing insights and anecdotes from his experiences as an advocate, Grover will include descriptions of FFRF’s recent legal victories, current cases and ongoing national efforts.

Grover hopes that audience members will come away with a better understanding of “why there can be true freedom of religious worship only in a country where there is freedom from government-sponsored religion.”

Grover received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wesleyan University in 2008 and worked as a legal intern for FFRF while attending Boston University School of Law. He received his law degree in 2012. Working as a law clerk for the Vermont Office of Legislative Council, he drafted legislation on health care, human services and tax issues. He returned to work as a constitutional consultant for FFRF in 2013.

Grover wrote a paper on counterterrorism and the law that was published by the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism in Oklahoma City and has traveled to southern Africa to work under Justice Unity Dow of Botswana’s High Court.

Winchester Academy’s expenses are funded through sponsors and tax-deductible donations. Grover’s program is sponsored by Rose Dorow.

For more information about Winchester Academy, check winchesteracademywaupaca.org, follow on Facebook, or contact Executive Director Ann Buerger Linden at 715-258-2927 or [email protected].

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