Author Launches Book on Religious Freedom at Tattered Cover in Littleton

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Author Steven T. Collis will be at the Tattered Cover in Littleton (Aspen Grove location) on Thursday, May 23, at 7 p.m. signing his new book on religious freedom -- Deep Conviction: True Stories of Ordinary Americans Fighting for the Freedom to Live Their Beliefs. Tattered Cover's address is 7301 S. Santa Fe Dr. in Littleton.

Deep Conviction features four ordinary Americans who put their reputations and livelihoods at risk as they fought to protect their first amendment right to live their personal beliefs. Though these individuals couldn't be more different, they share a similar conviction and determination.

- In the winter of 1813, in rural New York City, a Catholic priest faced prison after a grand jury subpoenaed him for refusing to divulge the identity of a criminal who admitted his guilt during the sacrament of confession.

- In the summer of 1959, an atheist pushed his attempt to become a Maryland notary public all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court because the state required him to sign an oath that said he believed in God.

- In 1989 a Klamath Indian man walked into the highest court of our nation supported by legions of members of the Native American Church to plead for the freedom to practice his beliefs after years of opposition.

- And, finally, in 2017, a Christian baker in Denver had his beliefs and actions scrutinized by the Supreme Court after he refused service to a gay couple who wanted to purchase a custom wedding cake.

These stories were specifically chosen for their universality and for the broad principles they represent. Most importantly, the notion of religious freedom for all, truly cherished, allows justice and protection for everyone, religious or not.

Attorney, professor and author Steven T. Collis is chair of the religious institutions and first amendment practice group for Holland & Hart LLP. He's also an adjunct professor of law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law where he teaches courses on religious liberty law. This summer he'll be joining Stanford Law School as a research fellow and executive director of its Constitutional Law Center. He speaks nationally and internationally on religious freedom.

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