The official Americans United blog covering local activism and events.
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
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.
On Wednesday evening (Sept. 17) the Atheist Community of San Jose is hosting Barry. The event begins at 7 PM and takes place at Harry's Hofbrau, on Saratoga Ave., in San Jose.
If for some reason you can't make the San Jose gathering, there's a second chance to see Barry. On Thursday the Humanist Connection in Mountain View is hosting an event. Join them at 7:30 PM for dinner and conversation at Pacific Catch, on San Antonio Road.
Too often, church-state separation is seen as an issue for the non-religious and its supporters are accused of being hostile to religion. Not only do many religious people support church-state separation, they often have specifically religious reasons for doing so. Government involvement in religion to them is not just unwelcome and inappropriate; it is an abuse of something they hold sacred. Rev. Dr. Sarah Halverson will explore these issues and her own commitment to church-state separation.
Columbia chapter vice president Don Leadroot will present a brief outline and then lead a discussion about the interplay between:
The First Amendment,
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act,
The Oregon Public Accommodation Law, and
Recent court cases including The Hobby Lobby and the “New Mexico Wedding Photographer” cases.
You are asked to Google these topics and bring your opinions. Maybe we can come to some conclusions about religious liberty and the rights of all of us.
This month AUCO is hosting Col. Gary Packard, who helped the military research the outcomes of the repeal of DADT (Don't Ask, Don't Tell) within the military.
Col. Packard will describe the conclusions of the studies and give his personal take on the repeal. The event will take place in the East Library Conference Room 2 and is free and open to the public. Read more
The next public session of Clay County Americans United will be on:
The Evolution of Creationism: A Tale of Willful Ignorance and Tactical Reinvention
A presentation by David Campbell, founding member and member of the Board of Directors for Florida Citizens for Science and teacher of evolutionary biology at Ridgeview High School in Orange Park.
David's motto is: Every day is a new chance to reduce my ignorance. May 10 will be an excellent opportunity for each of us to reduce our ignorance about this timely and important subject. Read more