Religious Liberty Leader to Discuss Church-State Myths

April 14, 2016
J. Brent WalkerJ. Brent Walker courtesy photo.

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WACO, Texas (April 14, 2016) – This year's G. Hugh and Beverly C. Wamble Lecture will be given by J. Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.

"Zombie Lies from the World of Religious Liberty: Some Church-State Myths Just Won’t Die" will be presented at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Miller Chapel of the Tidwell Bible Building.

Walker leads the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty. He routinely speaks in churches, educational institutions and denominational gatherings and provides commentary on church-state issues in the national media. He will be retiring from the committee at the end of this year.

"He has been the executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty since 1999, one of the best-known religious lobbies in Washington D.C., so he is very highly regarded," said Doug Weaver, Ph.D., professor and director of undergraduate studies in the department of religion. "Since he is retiring at the end of the year, this is the perfect time to get him back to Baylor."

Walker's lecture will be focus on various ideas about religious liberty that he considers inaccurate. He hopes to educated people on those ideas.

"I hope attendees gain a better awareness of the issues of religion, the First Amendment and the separation of church and state and recognize the importance of those issues," Weaver said.

The event is free and open to the public. Tidwell Bible Building is located at 600 Speight Ave.

by Jenna Press, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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