Madison-area faith leaders, social justice activists discuss place of religion in law

The University of Wisconsin Center for Religion and Global Citizenry invited three Madison-area faith leaders and social justice activists to speak on social justice issues in religion on Tuesday.

Payal Khandhar, a criminal defense attorney, identifying atheist and board member of the Madison-Area Urban Ministry spoke about her work as an attorney and how she advises her clients to not bring up religion in the courtroom.

“Many judges are identifying atheists, so religion in the courtroom is unhelpful,” Khandhar said.

Social justice issues should be handled by the government and the community as a whole, rather than individual religious organizations, because the community tends to ignore those issues once a religious organization steps in, Khandhar said.

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