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Rochester (NY) Chapter "From Darwin to Dover"

The Rochester, NY Chapter is sponsoring an event to discuss the role of Intelligent Design in American life. “From Darwin to Dover: The Rise and Decline of Intelligent Design,” will feature video from the Nova program “Judgment Day,” a look into the 2005 Dover, PA case ruling ID was inherently religious. Additionally, footage of Judge Jones describing his ruling will complement discussion on the role of science and public school education. Read more

Delaware Valley Chapter (PA/NJ) Hosts Second Annual Church-State Symposium

On Saturday, April 9, the Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United hosted their Second Annual Church-State Issues Symposium at National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. The all-day event featured lively presentations by an array of speakers. Rev. Barry Lynn delivered the keynote address on "Separation of Church and State--It's Not Just About School Prayer Anymore; It's About Everything".

Orange County (CA) Presents Prof. Wendy Gonave

The Orange County chapter’s April 16th event features Professor Wendy Gonaver.  She will be speaking on: "Freedom of Religion vs. the State Loyalty Oath: A Quaker Pacifist’s Story.”  In 2007 Wendy Gonaver was fired from California State University, Fullerton when she asked to submit an addendum to the state loyalty oath.  Her objection: As a Quaker Pacifist she wanted to be clear that the obligation to “defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic” did not include taking up arms.  Read more

Orange County (CA) AU Hosts Judge Jim Gray

The Orange County AU chapter’s March event features Judge Jim Gray.  He will be speaking on: "Separation of Church & State: The Most Important War and Peace Issue of the 21st Century."  He has noted that some consider this a controversial topic because they see it as an attack on religion.  In response he says: “I simply do not agree with that assessment.  I view this separation as being one of the most important war-and-peace issues of the 21st century. Of course there will be some exceptions, but in general governments that maintain the separation of church and state will be far less likely to be involved in war than those that do not. For example, we all should be concerned today about the governments of Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan and others where religion plays a large part in the affairs of government.”   Given the events of recent weeks this will be very timely. Read more

Flagler County AU Says No Vouchers!

Flagler County AU Chapter members rally to "Awake the State" in support of public schools. Pictured from left to right are: Arnie Levine, Konnie Rae, Flagler County Chapter President Merrill Shapiro, and Jim Guines Ph.D, former Flagler County Superintendent of Schools.

Naples (FL) Chapter Hosts Rev. Barry Lynn

The Naples Chapter of Americans United will host an event featuring guest speaker Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United. Rev. Lynn will speak on the topic "The Future of Separation of Church and State: Crisis or Confidence?".

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 6:00 PM  

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North
Naples, FL 34102

6:00 PM  Cocktails & Hors 'D Ouevres
6:45 PM  Barry Lynn

For additional information contact: John Lynch at 239-774-9678 Read more

South Pinellas County (FL) Chapter Hosts Rev. Barry Lynn

The South Pinellas County Chapter of Americans United will host an event featuring guest speaker Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United. Rev. Lynn will speak on the topic "The Future of Separation of Church and State: Crisis or Confidence?".

Monday, March 7, 2011 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Good Samaritan Church (UCC)
6085 Park Blvd
Pinellas, FL 33781

Q&A and reception to follow. Read more

Sarasota-Manatee Chapter Hosts Rev. Barry Lynn

The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism & The Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of Americans United present Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United, speaking on "Extreme Makeover - America's Church-State History."

The event takes place Saturday, March 5, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the:

Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
3023 Proctor Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34231

For additional information on this event contact: Arlene Pearlman 941-377-1003. Read more

Florida AU Chapters Host Rev. Barry Lynn

Americans United members and supporters will have a number of opportunities to hear AU's Executive Director Rev. Barry Lynn.  Listed above are locations where Barry will be speaking over the next few days.  Don't miss your opportunity to hear from a leading voice for church-state separation.

Look for additional posts on these Florida events:

  • Saturday, March 5, hosted by the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter.
  • Monday, March 7, hosted by the South Pinellas County Chapter.
  • Tuesday, March 8, hosted by the Naples Chapter.

Flagler County (FL) AU Rally to Support Public Education!

Come out and show your support for public schools!
WHEN:    Tuesday, March 8 at 4:00pm
WHERE:  Publix Super Market At Belle Terre Crossings (Kohls)
BRING:    Your homemade signs!!

Florida is awakening to the irresponsible budget cuts proposed by Gov. Scott and his enablers in the legislature. Our fellow Floridians know this is wrong, and they're responding. But we need your help to continue building momentum. Even if you've already done so, please share this information with your friends and let's continue to Awake The State! Read more