Acton on Tap with Ray Nothstine: The Growing Threat to Religious Liberty


6:00 Grab a seat & a drink--Happy Hour Specials until 7pm for Acton only
6:30 Introduction
6:40 Ray Nothstine speaks, followed by discussion

This is a FREE event! If you cannot attend, please email Nick Porter at so we send you a complimentary copy of the evening's audio.

Read about Acton on Tap in the Rapidian and the Acton PowerBlog!

Event Date: 
February 4, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

San Chez Bistro
38 W Fulton St
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Parking: Local parking garages, lots and street parking nearby.

Come on out early to enjoy some good food, discussion and drinks!

James Madison called religious liberty the “lustre of our country” and a guaranteed right that is free from political authority. But some politicians are trying to redefine religious freedom in America, preferring instead to call it “freedom of worship.” The implication is that you are free to say and believe what you want as long as it is confined inside the walls of the houses of worship. But how faithful is this to the First Amendment?  

Only a decade ago there was strong bipartisan cooperation on the rights to secure religious freedom. What has happened and how dangerous is the current threat to religious liberty today? What does it mean for our future and for other rights in America?

Ray Nothstine, the managing editor of Religion & Liberty at the Acton Institute, will discuss the ideas and tradition that promoted a robust religious freedom in America as well as how to handle the current threat today.

Ray Nothstine is Associate Editor at the Acton Institute, and Managing Editor of Religion & Liberty. In 2005 Ray graduated with a Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Mississippi in Oxford. Before coming to Acton, Ray worked as a free-lance writer for several organizations, including the Institute on Religion and Democracy. He gained ministry experience in churches in Mississippi and Kentucky. After college, he also served on the staff of U.S. Congressman Gene Taylor (D-Miss) in Gulfport in 2001-02. The son of a retired Air Force pilot, Ray has also lived in Okinawa, Philadelphia, New England, Hawaii, and Egypt.

To read recent blog posts from Ray, please click here. For his recent Acton commentary on religious liberty, click here.

This is a free event! If you cannot attend, please email Nick Porter at so we can give you a complimentary copy of the evening's audio when it becomes available.