ERIC Number: ED310043
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
A Study Guide to the Williamsburg Charter.
Williamsburg Charter Foundation, Washington, DC.
The Williamsburg Charter is a celebration and reaffirmation of the religious liberty, or freedom of conscience, granted by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. It was drafted and signed by more that 150 national leaders and presented to the nation on June 25, 1988, the 200th anniversary of Virginia's call for a bill of rights. The charter was written by representatives of the leading faiths in the United States (Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and secularist) in close consultation with leaders of other faiths and a diverse group of distinguished scholars, activists, and political leaders. Its purpose is threefold: (1) to celebrate the uniqueness of the religious liberty clauses in U.S. public life; (2) to reaffirm freedom of conscience for citizens of all faiths or none; and (3) to establish the place of religious liberty in public life and the guiding principles by which people with deep religious differences can contend robustly, but civilly in the public arena. This study guide is designed to help small discussion groups understand the meaning and significance of the principles of religious liberty and of the Williamsburg Charter. The guide works progressively through sections of the charter with questions aimed at what the charter says, what it means, and how it can be applied. A 6-item bibliography for further reading is included. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Williamsburg Charter Foundation, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bill of Rights; First Amendment