September 17, 2018 to December 15, 2018 — over $15,000 in prizes

Contest Question:

In Religious Freedom in the Federalist Papers, Matthew J. Franck writes:

“Among these essential principles of the American psyche is the protection of full religious freedom for all, whatever their beliefs.” And, “in the politics of the newly independent states, it was vital that [various religions] accommodate each other peaceably, and not make their different beliefs the basis of political conflict.”


How can religious liberty be best preserved in a diverse and multicultural America?


A thoughtful and effective response will include at least one historical reference (18th, 19th, 20th century) and one contemporary reference (21st century.)

To thoughtfully respond, read


Religious Freedom in the Federalist Papers ,



and watch the 3-minute video linked here.

Successful responses will likely include references to the essay, and to the Federalist Papers themselves.  Responses will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Content
    • Comprehension of question
    • Responsiveness to question
    • Historical Accuracy
    • Quality of Analysis
    • Reference to contemporary issues
  • Organization
  • Style (spelling, grammar, syntax, vocabulary, etc.)


Your response should be approximately 500 words as submissions are limited to a maximum of 3250 characters.