Religious Freedom and the Rule of Law

Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Views on Practicing Religion in a Pluralistic Society


Reinhard Krauss, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Academy for Judaic, Christian, and Islamic Studies


Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Ph.D.
Rector, American Jewish University
Janna Gosselin, Ph.D.
New Theological Seminary of the West
Muzammil Siddiqi, Ph.D.
Religious Director, Islamic Society of Orange County

This panel discussion is the first in a three-part series of inter-religious trialogues presented by the Academy for Judaic, Christian, and Islamic Studies and hosted by American Jewish University. The forums are scheduled for January 23, February 20, and March 27, 2019.

In each of the forums, we will talk about religion – openly, candidly, and respectfully. Knowledgeable representatives of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam will share their views on topics of crucial importance to each religious tradition. The forums will afford an inside glimpse into each of the three religions, highlighting both similarities and differences.

Following each panel, audience members will be encouraged to ask questions and participate in the search for deeper understanding and practical solutions.


Wednesday, January 23, 2019
7:30 – 9:00 PM


American Jewish University
Whizin Center for Continuing Education

Shapiro Synagogue

Familian Campus
15600 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90077

Two key principles of the American system of government are the freedom to practice one’s religion and the equality of all citizens under the law. But what happens when the two principles clash? The trialogue will discuss whether or not religious believers should be granted exemptions from certain legal obligations which are binding for everyone else.

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