Ben Carson to speak at College of the Ozarks symposium

College of the Ozarks, in conjunction with Pensmore Foundation and American Family Association, will host The Pensmore National Symposium on Religious Liberty on its campus Oct. 7, 2016.

Guest speakers will include Dr. Benjamin Carson, neurosurgeon and former U.S. Republican presidential candidate; U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R Texas); Kelly Shackelford, president and CEO of Liberty Institute; and Abraham Hamilton III, AFA legal counsel and public policy analyst. Additional nationally known speakers will be added to the program.

Registration cost is set at $50 for the general public, with free admission for students. Those interested may register online at www.cofo.edu/pensmore. Registration cost includes an all-day program on Friday, Oct. 7, at College of the Ozarks, located just outside Branson, Missouri.

The aim of the conference is to examine the purpose and intent of the nation’s Founding Fathers as they assembled the framework for a free and prosperous nation.

“Now is the time to stand up and be counted. If we lose religious liberty in this country, we’ve lost everything,” said Dr. Jerry C. Davis, president, College of the Ozarks.

Concerned with the rapid erosion of religious liberty over the past several years, Pensmore Foundation has joined with the College of the Ozarks to offer this national conference on religious liberty.

“We are approaching a critical time in our nation’s history,” said Ralf W. Augstroze, program officer for Pensmore Foundation.

“The founding generation paid a heavy price to provide the blessings of liberty to a new nation founded on principles of individual rights and individual freedoms,” stated Steven T. Huff, founder of Pensmore Foundation. “This event will deepen our appreciation for that sacrifice and remind us of our own responsibility to protect and preserve those sacred rights.”

Conference topics will include the following:

  • What was the worldview of our founders?
  • Where do our rights come from, God or government?
  • What is the proper role and limitation of government, as envisioned by our founders?
  • Where are we now? How closely have we kept to the intentions of our founders?
  • What are our responsibilities as Christian citizens, and what specific actions can we take to redirect our nation onto the trajectory set by the founders?