Greater Houston AU celebrated the chapter's 20th anniversary by recognizing past leaders and preparing chapter members and supporters for the future. The event featured AU Executive Director Rev. Barry W. Lynn, who spoke on “Separation Anxiety: The First Amendment at Risk.” Barry also previewed his upcoming book "God and Government: 25 Years of Fighting for Equality, Secularism and Freedom of Conscience."
Rob Boston, Communications Director at Americans United for Separation of Church and State in Washington, addressed the latest assault on public schools at a March 28 event hosted by Sarasota-Manatee AU. His presentation was titled: "Privatization Schemes: The Latest Assault on Public Schools." Read more
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
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