Institute for First Amendment Studies Records, 1920 -- 1999


This collection has:

44.75 Cubic Feet
429 Audiovisual Object(s)

The Institute for First Amendment Studies (IFAS) was founded in 1984 by Skipp Porteous and Barbara Simon in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, in order to counter the American Religious Right's involvement in politics. Porteous was ordained as a minister by the Harvest Fields Missionary and Evangelistic Association in 1968, and served in churches in California and New York. He transferred his ministerial credentials to the Elim Fellowship upon moving to New York. In 1977, following the dissolution of his first marriage, Porteous began questioning his faith. Porteous and Simon met and married in the late 1970s.

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