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February 14, 2003

Top religious scholar discusses
Alabama’s Ten Commandments case

Photo of Edwin S. GaustadEdwin S. Gaustad, one of America’s leading scholars of religion and separation of church and state, will talk about Alabama’s Ten Commandments case at California State University, Sacramento 2 p.m., Sunday, March 9 in the University Union Hinde Auditorium.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Gaustad was an expert witness in the case last year in which Alabama’s Chief Justice Roy Moore was ordered to remove a 5,300 pound Ten Commandments monument from the state’s judicial building. The case is currently under appeal. Gaustad will also talk about the roots of religious freedom in the United States, and a question-and-answer session will follow.

Gaustad is a well-known religious historian and prolific author. He recently published a book titled Church and State in America, and his books The New Historical Atlas of Religion in America and A Religious History of America are widely used in the field. He is an emeritus professor of history at UC Riverside.

The free event is presented by CSUS and the Sacramento chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

More information is available by contacting the CSUS humanities and religious studies office at (916) 278-6444. Media assistance is available from the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

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