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San Antonio (TX) Hosts First Amendment Workshop

San Antonio AU believes the First Amendment represents the very cornerstone of our freedoms-freedoms that today are under constant attack from religious and political extremists. The Workshop, on Saturday, September 21, from 12-5 PM, is designed to help educate our community so they can be better informed on critically important topics that go to the core of what it means to be an American.
Rob Boston, AU communications director and the author of a number of books on church-state separation and the Religious Right, is the opening speaker.

Indiana AU Hosts Rev. Steven Baines

Tomorrow night the Indiana AU chapter is hosting Rev. Steven Baines, who will speak on the topic "Religious Liberty or Religious Coercion: What is Really at Stake with Religious Freedom in America?"  The event takes place Tuesday, September 10, at 7 PM, at Broadway United Methodist Church, 609 East 29th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46205. Read more

Orange County (CA) AU Hosts Climate Change Discussion

We are heading for a new warming planet, one that we have not seen since before humans walked the Earth; one where our agriculture may no longer feed the world’s people; one where the norms of civilization may cease to exist.  Yet instead of embracing the science, some religious leaders are denying climate change, quoting Biblical passages to support their views.  Unfortunately, there are many in our government who embrace these religious views at the expense of science.  Others deny the science because of moneyed interests who can pay for business as usual.

Central Virginia/Greater Richmond Hosts Rev. Steven Baines

Appreciating separation of church and state is the topic for tomorrow night's panel discussion, hosted by CV/GR AU.  Rev. Steven Baines, assistant field director for religious outreach, is among the panel that includes Rebecca Glenberg, legal director of ACLU of Virginia, and Dr. Ellis West, from the University of Richmond.
Hear why church-state separation is good for both people of faith and secular folks alike.  Gleen talking points for when you discuss church-state separation with family and friends.

George Chapter Hosts AU Legislative Director Maggie Garrett

On Friday, August 16, at 7 PM, AU Legislative Director Maggie Garrett will talk about some of the church-state separation challenges we are are presently facing and how AU is defending our First Amendment guarantee of religious liberty.
The event starts at 7:00 PM on Friday, August 16, at Manuels tavern in the Eagle's nest room, 602 N. Highland Ave, Atlanta, GA.

Upstate South Carolina AU Hosts Dr. Roger Rollin

Traditionally U.S. chaplains have served the needs of our always diverse Armed Forces without prejudice and without proselytizing. No more. Thanks to the efforts of the Religious Right to recruit fundamentalist chaplains and infiltrate the ranks of our military leaders from Top Brass to Non-Coms, we are in danger of fielding a "Christian Armed Forces for a Christian Nation."  You won't want to miss Dr. Rollin's eye-opening presentation: “Salute if you love Jesus: The Religious Right's Invasion of the U.S.

Northeastern Ohio AU Hosts Forum on Religion in Politics

Northeastern Ohio AU is hosting a forum on "Why the Failure to Keep Religion Out of Politics Hurts Us All."  The event takes place on Wednesday, July 10, at  CWRU School of Law Moot Court Room, 11075 East Blvd, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.

The doors open at 6 PM and refreshments will be served.  The program is scheduled to start at approximately 6:45 PM.

You won't want to miss this lively discussion of why the failure to keep religion out of politics hurts us all. Read more

Upstate South Carolina AU Hosts Dr. Laura R. Olson

Dr. Laura R. Olson, a professor of political science at Clemson University and editor-in-chief of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, will talk about "The Politics of the Religiously Unaffiliated."  The event takes place Saturday, May 18, from 2-4 PM at Coffee Underground, in Greenville. Read more

Clay County AU Presents Dr. Luke M. Cornelius on "School Choice in Florida: What's the Reality?"

Clay County is pleased to present Dr. Luke M. Cornelius, who will speak on "School Choice in Florida: What's the Reality?".  Dr. Corneilus, who is on the faculty at the University of North Florida, has both a law degree and a doctor of philosophy degree in education administration and policy, with an emphasis in educational law and finance.  His area of expertise in educational law will allow him to share his knowledge on this very timely and relevant issue. Read more