• Orange County Chapter presents guest speaker Lubna Yaseen

    Lubna Yaseen: An Atheist’s Escape to Freedom

    1:45pm - 10/20/2018

    Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room 15500 Sand Canyon Ave Irvine, CA 92618

    Lubna Yaseen hails originally from Baghdad. She is an engineer by education, a truth-telling rebel by character and vocation. Although raised under Islam she never shared her family’s beliefs and the online chats she has done about these beliefs earned her death threats from local Shiite groups and episodes of physical assault in Baghdad which forced her to go into hiding. In June 2017 she made her way to the West. She now lives in San Diego where she is pursuing her master’s in chemical engineering. Yaseen would still be at risk if it weren’t for the actions of Secular Rescue, which helped her escape to California and where she is now waiting for her asylum claim to be approved.

    Secular Rescue is “an underground railroad of sorts for non-believers in countries where simply expressing doubt about religious belief is a criminal offense or where it may lead to grave physical harm,” according to Robyn Blumner, the president and CEO of the CFI. Secular Rescue does not just face challenges abroad in militantly religious countries; due to some unnervingly resilient biases, implicit prejudice against atheists is still prevalent in ostensibly secular Western countries, making it difficult to raise the necessary diplomatic support there for people like Yaseen and in many countries across the globe, the danger of expressing non-belief comes directly from the state.

    Please join us to hear Lubna’s story for what should be a powerful and interesting discussion.   For more info: mail@au-oc.org or www.au-oc.org

  • Clay County Chapter Meeting

    YOU ARE INVITED TO “Understand the Ballot Amendments before you vote on November 6”: [Speaker from League of Women Voters]   Saturday morning, October 6 at 10 AM Fleming Island Public Library 1895 Town Center Blvd (1/2 mile S of Home Depot)   Questions?  904-529-1496   This is the fall meeting of the Clay County Chapter. Harry Parrott, President, Box 1084, Penney Farms, 32079   Public Invited!

  • MA Chapter President, Ron Madnick, speaking at MIT

    What's At Stake -- Separation of Religion and State Today

    Secular Society of MIT

    WHEN: Wednesday, OCT/03, 7pm WHERE: MIT 2-190 (1st Floor, 182 Memorial Drive, https://whereis.mit.edu/?go=2)

    Free entry. Free light refreshments. The event will be photographed and recorded

    Members of the panel:

    Ronal Madnick President Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Massachusetts Chapter

    Carol Rose Executive Director American Civil Liberties Union, Massachusetts Chapter

    Zachary Bos Co-Chair Secular Coalition for America, Massachusetts Chapter

    From efforts to drop the Johnson Amendment, to FEMA policy changes benefiting houses of worship, to SCOTUS drift jeopardizing women's bodily autonomy, the past few years have presented numerous challenges to American secular governance, threatening to stall or reverse much of the progress made by the historical struggle for separation of religion and state in the US. We at the Secular Society of MIT have brought together representatives from three organizations that have long been standing guard over and advancing secular civil liberties and rights for Americans, to take stock of the situation, and to discuss the question of where to go from here.

  • Rob Boston speaking in Winter Park, FL

    Rob Boston, AU's Senior Adviser and Editor of Church & State magazine, will be speaking at a meeting of the Central Florida Freethought Community.

    Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018 Time: 1:00 PM Topic: “What Do You People Want?: Building A Truly Secular State” Venue: University Club of Winter Park Address: 841 N. Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL, 32789

  • MA Chapter presents Rachel Laser

    The Massachusetts Chapter presents

    2018 Annual Meeting featuring New AU President Rachel Laser

    Saturday, September 29 Reception 7:30 PM - Program 8:00 PM

    Community Church of Boston 565 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116 Please RSVP here.

    Questions? Contact rmadnick@msn.com The program is free and open to the public. HORS D’OEUVRES AND BEVERAGES WILL BE SERVED


    Rachel K. Laser, an attorney with extensive experience in nonprofit advocacy, is the new President and CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. She will speak about “Church-State Separation in the Trump Era: Where We Are and Where We’re Going.”

    During her public policy career in Washington, Laser has worked for the National Women’s Law Center, Third Way and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. She also serves on the board of NARAL.

    Laser earned an undergraduate degree in history and literature from Harvard University in 1991 and a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1995.

    Laser is the first woman and the first Jewish person to head the 71-year religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, DC. She succeeded the Rev. Barry Lynn in February of this year.  

    Our program will also include:


    Chapter President and AU National Trustee Ron Madnick will report on an important church/state case that reached the Massachusetts Supreme Court this year. Ron will also talk about the Do No Harm Act that was introduced by U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, which would amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 to ensure religious freedom is not used to discriminate.


    Nominations are being solicited for the Steering Committee of the Massachusetts Chapter. All members of AU living in Massachusetts are eligible to serve.

    If you are interested in serving on the Committee, please email Ron Madnick. Nominations must be received by Sept. 24. On Sept. 29, we will elect a President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and up to 16 additional Board members. If you are interested in being one of the officers please indicate which office you are interested in.

    For more information visit the web site at www.au-ma.org, call (508) 757-7245 or email rmadnick@msn.com.

  • Sarasota-Manatee Chapter presents Rob Boston at Fogartyville

    The Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State proudly presents:

    "Why the Religious Right is Wrong"


    Rob Boston Senior Adviser and Editor of Church & State

    Saturday, September 29 at 7:00PM Fogartyville 525 Kumquat Ct. Sarasota

    Free and open to the public.

  • Sarasota-Manatee Chapter presents Rob Boston at Fruitville Library

    The Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State proudly presents:

    "Why the Religious Right is Wrong"


    Rob Boston Senior Adviser and Editor of Church & State

    Saturday, September 29 at 10:00AM Fruitville Library 100 Coburn Rd. Sarasota

    Free and open to the public.

  • Sarasota-Manatee Chapter presents Rob Boston at Gulf Gate Library

    The Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State proudly presents:

    "Why the Religious Right is Wrong"


    Rob Boston Senior Adviser and Editor of Church & State

    Friday September 28 at 2:30PM Gulf Gate Library 7112 Curtiss Ave. Sarasota

    Free and open to the public.

  • Orange County Chapter presents "The California Healthy Youth Act & the Religious Right's Attack"

    The California Healthy Youth Act & the Religious Right's Attack

    1:45pm - 9/15/2018

    Irvine Ranch Water District Community Room
    15500 Sand Canyon Avenue
    Irvine, CA 92618

    What is going on in our schools with the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA) will be addressed by Laura Kanter, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Youth Programs at the LGBT Center Orange County, and AU-OC member and retired Federal Court Judge Lynne Riddle will cover the legal issues.

    For decades, California – knowing most teens become sexually active before they fully understand the risks of STIs, unplanned pregnancies, relationships, heartbreak and violence – has urged all schools to provide students with comprehensive sexual health education programs. The state’s urgings however have had disappointing results.

    CHYA is remarkable because (1) it mandates that all public schools teach all students about sexual health, and (2) the mandated curriculum must not only include the values and risks of traditional, heterosexual intimacy and family creation, but expands the scope and understanding of healthy family and sexual relationships to include positive discussion of the broadening spectrum of sexual and gender expression, as well as new family forms. Yet, notwithstanding CHYA’s good intent and that it is nearly three years old, more than half of Orange County’s 28 school districts have yet to implement comprehensive sexual health and HIV prevention education. Thus, those teens that most need and want to understand their own sexual health and safety are being denied what the law says they are entitled to receive.

    Visit www.au-oc.org or email mail@au-oc.org

  • **CANCELLED**Orange-Durham Chapter co-sponsoring screening of "Backpack Full of Cash"

    ***This event is cancelled due to impending hurricane. We will reschedule at a later date.***

    Screening of

    Backpack Full of Cash
    The Cost of Charter Schools and Vouchers: How Diverting Taxpayer Dollars Hurts Public Education
    Narrated by Matt Damon

    Thursday, September 13, 2018, 7 PM

    Durham Technical Community College
    Educational Resources Center: Building 5
    1637 E. Lawson Street, Durham, NC 27703

    Free and open to the public

    Sponsored by:

    • League of Women Voters of Orange-Durham-Chatham
    • Public Schools First NC
    • NC Council of Churches
    • Orange-Durham NC Chapter: Americans United for Separation of Church & State

    For more information and updates, join us at: http://bit.ly/backpackfilm