The Delaware Valley Chapter's South Jersey meeting will focus on activism in defence of church-state separation. DVAU Founder and VP Janice Rael will lead a discussion and workshop on "Doing More With DVAU," explaining AU's core issues, and showing South Jersey members who wish to volunteer for DVAU how to be more effective grassroots lobbyists on church-state issues at the local level. Janice is a knowledgeable social activist with years of experience. Read more
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As annual chapter meetings go, this is one not to be missed! James T. McCollum, the student at the center of the landmark "McCollum Decision" by the US Supreme Court in 1948 (33 US 203), is the featured speaker. A new book recalling events surrounding this historic event was recently published by Jim's brother, Dannel McCollum, titled "The Lord Was Not on Trial." Read more
Have you ever wanted the opportunity to just get church-state concerns that bother you most off your chest? Well, the Indiana AU Chapter is giving you that chance on Tuesday, October 26, beginning at 7 PM. Read more
West Suburban Chicago AU presents special guest speaker Col. Jill Morgenthaler (ret.), on Thursday, October 14, at 7:00 PM. The event takes place at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street, Naperville, IL 60565. Read more
The Austin Chapter of Americans United, along with the Texas Freedom Network, Equality Across America, and Center For Inquiriy - Austin Chapter, presents Rev. Barry Lynn speaking about "Church & State Under Obama...and Beyond” Read more
Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United, will take part in "My Faith and My Government: When Should They Mix?" -- an event taking place October 16th, from 1-8 PM, in San Antonio. Read more
On Saturday, October 16th, at 2:00 PM Orange County AU will host Dean Erwin Chemerinsky speaking on "The Supreme Court and the Future of Church-State Separation."
One of Dean Chemerinsky's longstanding causes has been the separation of church and state. He represented plaintiffs who sought to remove granite Ten Commandments from the Texas State Capitol. He supports abortion rights and was on the board of the Southern California American Civil Liberties Union for a decade.
He has also favored removing the words "under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance. Chemerinsky opposed Prop. 8 and said allowing it to pass would be an "incalculable blow to progress." Read more
NORTH SHORE (IL)AU
Rounding out the month, the North Shore AU chapter will host an event on September 30 to discuss the next strategies in the evolution/creationism wars. Chapter president Matt Lowry recently had an opportunity to go "into the lion's den" and attend a talk by Casey Luskin, Fellow of the Discovery Institute. Matt will share the information he picked up from this event, and from recent research, on what the Discovery Institute's next assault against science and the church-state separation wall might be.
The program takes place Thursday, September 30th, from 7:00-9:00 PM at the Northbrook Public Library in the Pollack Room. The library is located at 1202 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL. The talk is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided. If you live in the Chicago area you won't want to miss this! Read more
FLAGLER COUNTY (FL) AU
Because religion and partisan politics shouldn't mix, the Flagler County AU chapter hosted a discussion on September 21st to review and formulate a response under Project Fair Play to local concerns. In recent years, a small but aggressive band of political and religious leaders has pushed to politicize America’s houses of worship. These activists want to turn churches into cogs in a political machine that will elect candidates of their choice. The drive has reached a fever pitch.
Chapter leaders shared with community members the understanding that federal tax law is not intended to penalize churches and other tax-exempt entities or restrict their free speech rights. The rules are in place simply to distinguish between religious, educational and charitable institutions, which are entitled to tax exemption, and political organizations, which are not.
Area residents were encouraged to share their experiences with house of worship politicking. Read more