The official Americans United blog covering local activism and events.
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
Join the Maryland Chapter of Americans United and the Baltimore Coalition of Reason to hear a concert by singer/songwriter Roy Zimmerman. At last year's Easter Sunday Concert, over 40 freethinkers, atheists, and Humanists came and had a great time! Come at 7:00 for a social hour before the concert, which starts at 8:00 pm. Read more
The Sarasota-Manatee chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church & State and The Peace Education & Action Center.
Co-Sponsored by American Civil Liberties, Center for Religious Tolerance, and Humanists of Sarasota Bay.
Leaders of the political and religious right have once again initiated a battle over religious liberty by asserting that their right to freedom of conscience is under attack by "left-wing, Godless activists." The Rev. Steven C. Baines will address how and why fundamentalists are polarizing voters prior to the 2014 elections, undermining the Affordable Care Act, attacking LGBT anti-discrimination laws, and devaluing America's religious pluralism. Read more
Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, will be speaking at two events on Saturday, April 5. The first at 10:30AM at the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in Sarasota, and the second at 3:00PM at the Congregational Church of Christ in Bradenton.
Presentation on "Religious Liberty: The True, the false and the ugly" Read more