On Sept. 25, Steve Green, professor and director of Willamette's Center for Religion, Law and Democracy, will debate George Fox politics professor Mark David Hall. Green and Hall will respond to the question, "Did America Have a Christian Founding?"
The 7 p.m. debate takes place at Willamette's College of Law in Room 121. The event is free and open to the public. A question and answer session will follow the debate.
As a former legal director for Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Green has extensive litigation and appellate experience in First Amendment law. In addition to participation in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, Green regularly prepares friend-of-the-court briefs that draw attention among justices and legal scholars. Green’s written two books describing the history and development of related jurisprudence, and he's the co-author of "Religious Freedom and the Supreme Court." A fourth book examining America’s religious founding is slated for release early next year.
In addition to his law degree from the University of Texas, Green earned a doctorate in American constitutional history and a master's in American religious history from the University of North Carolina. He joined Willamette's faculty in 2001.
While Green has been called a "textbook troublemaker" by Fox News for his defense of social science education standards in Texas, he's also successfully supported legislation that protected Muslim teachers' ability to wear headscarves in Oregon classrooms.
“The issue of whether Christianity informed America’s founding political ideology is one that will not go away,” says Green. “It is still debated in history texts, legislative halls, and in Supreme Court chambers. Professor Hall and I will offer contrasting views on this question, with the hope that people will learn about the on-going saliency of this issue."