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Whale Tale: AFA Staffer Says Bible Mandates Death For SeaWorld Orca

On Feb. 24, a tragedy occurred at SeaWorld in Orlando, Fla. A six-ton killer whale known as Tillikum pulled trainer Dawn Brancheau underwater to her death in front of a crowd of horrified spectators watching a show.

Brancheau’s tragic death has led to some soul searching: What should be done with Tillikum? Is it ever appropriate to keep killer whales (also known as orcas) in captivity? Is it right to expect these animals to perform for our amusement?

And now a word about AU chapters!

This Saturday (Feb. 27) the Upstate South Carolina County Chapter is holding an event featuring Robert Moss and George Daly, starting at 12 Noon.

Robert Moss and his attorney George Daly will discuss their lawsuit which has reached the Federal Courts on allowing academic credit for Bible study in the state of South Carolina.  Mr. Moss has a daughter that attends high school in Spartanburg, SC.

The event takes place at the Handlebar Restaurant, 304 East Stone Ave., in Greenville. Get there in time for the buffet lunch ($13) and to network with everyone!


If you are in the Willow Grove, PA, area on Sunday you won't want to miss AU's Rob Boston.  Rob is speaking on: "What I've Learned From the Religious Right" -- the presentation begins at 1:30 PM.

Rob Boston is senior policy analyst at Americans United, also serves as assistant editor of AU's "Church & State" magazine. He is the author of three books: "Close Encounters with the Religious Right," "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Pat Robertson and the Rise of the Christian Coalition" and "Why the Religious Right Is Wrong About Separation of Church and State." Rob has made numerous media appearances, among them Fox News Channel's "O'Reilly Factor," MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" and CNN's "Anderson Cooper."

The event takes place at the Upper Moreland Library, 109 Park Ave., Willow Grove, PA.

Miffed About A Meeting: Religious Right Carps About White House Confab With Secularists

As last week came to a close, the Secular Coalition of America – an advocacy group made up of atheists, agnostics and humanists – had a chance to meet with members of the Obama Administration.

The meeting on Friday reportedly marked the first time American non-believers have ever met with White House officials, and it really struck a nerve with the Religious Right.

And now a word about AU chapters!

This Saturday (Feb. 27) the Upstate South Carolina County Chapter is holding an event featuring Robert Moss and George Daly, starting at 12 Noon.

Robert Moss and his attorney George Daly will discuss their lawsuit which has reached the Federal Courts on allowing academic credit for Bible study in the state of South Carolina.  Mr. Moss has a daughter that attends high school in Spartanburg, SC. 

The event takes place at the Handlebar Restaurant, 304 East Stone Ave., in Greenville. Get there in time for the buffet lunch ($13) and to network with everyone!

If you are in the Willow Grove, PA, area on Sunday you won't want to miss AU's Rob Boston.  Rob is speaking on: "What I've Learned From the Religious Right" -- the presentation begins at 1:30 PM.

Rob Boston is senior policy analyst at Americans United, also serves as assistant editor of AU's "Church & State" magazine. He is the author of three books: "Close Encounters with the Religious Right," "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Pat Robertson and the Rise of the Christian Coalition" and "Why the Religious Right Is Wrong About Separation of Church and State." Rob has made numerous media appearances, among them Fox News Channel's "O'Reilly Factor," MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" and CNN's "Anderson Cooper."

The event takes place at the Upper Moreland Library, 109 Park Ave., Willow Grove, PA.

Forsyth County Appeals Prayer Ruling: A Vote Of Olympian Shortsightedness

I love the Winter Olympics—the ski jumping, the hockey games, the figure skating rivalries and even the curling have kept me glued to my TV for the Vancouver games. I find the athleticism and precision required of these winter sports fascinating, but many of my friends consider the time trials and individual events too redundant to watch.

Street Fight: Ohio Clergy Seeks End Of Tax Exemption For D.C. Structure Owned By ‘The Family’

The infamous “C Street house” is back in the news.

A group of clergy in Ohio, aided by a tax lawyer, has written to the Internal Revenue Service today asking the federal tax agency to examine the house’s tax-exempt status as a church.

If you’re just joining us, the C Street house is a structure in Washington, D.C., owned by a shadowy Religious Right group called “The Family” – a.k.a. the Fellowship Foundation.

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