Hear from the winner of our 2017 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest in this BJC podcast. The contest asked students to explore the idea of using religious tests as part of the United States’ immigration and refugee policies. Yusra Ahmed of Quincy, Mass., then a high school senior and now a college freshman, won the grand prize, which included a scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C.

In her winning essay, titled, “Compassion Before Fear,” Ahmed told a personal story of facing religious discrimination as a Muslim American. In this episode, she chats with BJC Education and Outreach Specialist Charles Watson, Jr. about writing her essay and what she learned.

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