The Massachusetts AU Annual Meeting featured author and AU Communications Director Rob Boston who spoke on the topic "Religious Freedom: What It Is and What It Is Not." Rob examined ongoing controversies over the meaning of religious freedom and how Religious Right-led attempts to redefine religious liberty would affect LGBT rights, reproductive rights, access to health care, religion in public education and the equal treatment of all Americans, religious and non-religious. Read more
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Delaware Valley Americans United hosted a talk by Ethan Andersen from Compassion & Choices. Andersen talked about legislation pending in New Jersey on death with dignity and the involvement of the Religious Right in the aid-in-dying movement. He also shared common responses to religious arguments against passing death with dignity laws.
The Greater Naples Chapter of Americans United hosted a talk by Rev. Barry Lynn on "Vouchers and the Florida Tax Credit Scholarships." Florida public education is often under attack by state legislators who want to funnel public money into private, mostly religious, schools.
A lively question and answer session took place following Lynn's presentation. The event took place March 6th, at the Hilton Naples hotel. Read more
On Wednesday, February 25, the San Antonio chapter hosted AU Executive Director Rev. Barry Lynn. Barry spoke on “Separation Anxiety: the First Amendment at Risk.” As both an ordained minister and constitution lawyer, Lynn often jokes that he can forgive misgivings tonight, and then file a lawsuit against you tomorrow!
Following his presentation, Barry took questions from the audience and also let them know he has a new book coming out later in the year!
The event took place at First Unitarian Universalist Church in San Antoni Read more
What are the big questions facing separation of church and state in Columbia and South Carolina? Chapter leaders and community members met at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia on Sunday, February 8, to discuss this challenging question. The state is facing issues around expanding SC tax credits for private schools, and prayer in public schools.
Everyone agreed there is much work to be done. Read more
The fourth annual Indiana Civic Day took place February 7th, at the Indiana State House in downtown Indianapolis. The event, co-hosted by Indiana AU and the Center for Inquiry Indiana, featured a powerful lineup of speakers. Read more
At their January 27 event, the Triad AU Chapter hosted a panel discussion titled "Sharia law and its significance for North Carolina's Islamic community." Panel members included Imam Khalid Griggs, Wake Forest University Professor Darlene May, former State Senator Larry Shaw, and Triad Chapter Board member Fleming El-Amin. Read more
On January 14th, the AU Upper Connecticut River Valley of NH/VT Chapter and the Upper Valley Humanists Association co-sponsored an event featuring David Niose. Niose, the author of NonBeliever Nation and former President of the American Humanist Association, discussed his latest book Fighting Back The Right.
"Reclaiming December" will be the topic presented by panelists Paul McCraw, Fleming El-Amin, Wilda Spalding, and Barry Geller at the Triad AU Chapter event on Tuesday, December 16, at the Polo Recreation Center, from 7:00-8:30 PM.
During the weeks following Thanksgiving, the commercial exploitation of Christmas is relentless and inescapable. Many Americans, including Christians, end up feeling disrespected, and our rich cultural heritage gets lost amidst a plethora of Christmas trees, Santa Clauses, and midnight bargains.