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Delaware Valley & South Jersey Host Rev. Steven Baines

The Delaware Valley Americans United Chapter's South Jersey group presents Rev. Steven Baines, Assistant Field Director for Religious Outreach at Americans United in Washington, DC.  Rev. Baines will be talking about “Is Your Religion Really My Religion?: The Battle for Genuine Religious Freedom in America.” The event takes place on Sunday, October 19, from 3-5 PM in Fellowship Hall of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Cherry Hill NJ, 401 North Kings Highway.

Indiana AU to Host Religious Freedom Forum

The Indiana Chapter of Americans United For Separation of Church And State presents a Religious Freedom Candidate Forum. The chapter invited legislative candidates from across Marion County to participate in a question and answer panel regarding religious freedom and church state topics. The event takes place on Sunday, October 12th from 6-8 PM at Broadway United Methodist Church.

St. Louis AU Instrumental in Religious Liberty Win

The Board of Aldermen in Ballwin, Mo., recently voted 6-2 against posting an “In God We Trust” plaque in their meeting room. The Knights of Columbus had pledged to donate $750 to cover the expense.
 
Working with area secular groups, St. Louis AU and ADL provided a religious voice for why church-state separation is important to both people of faith and non-believers alike.
 
St. Louis AU Chapter President Cynthia Holmes delivered stirring testimony before the Board, as did secular activist Nikki Moungo.  AU chapter members, the St.

San Antonio AU Presents Prof. Gerald E. Poyo

San Antonio AU, in collaboration with Southwest Workers Union and Bihl Haus Arts, presents Prof. Gerald E. Poyo. Prof. Poyo is speaking on “Social Justice Catholics and the Cuban Revolution.”

Dr. Poyo is professor of history and department chair at St. Mary’s University.  He is the author of three books on the Cuban exile experience of the 19th and 20th centuries and the editor of four books on U.S. Latino Catholicism and Mexican American history and literature. Read more

Oklahoma City and Greater Seattle Area AU Host Rob Boston

Rob Boston, communications director at Americans United, hits the road this week for events hosted by Oklahoma City AU and the Greater Seattle Area AU.

Rob is speaking about his new book, "Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You the Right to Tell Other People What to Do.”  The book covers issues like same-sex marriage, access to contraceptives, religion in public education and censorship. Taking Liberties is a much-needed broadside against the Religious Right's reckless attempt to meddle in our personal lives.
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