• Rachel Laser speaking in San Francisco at a forum on "Church-State Separation & Its Impact on Women's Reproductive Rights"

    Church-State & Its Impact on Women's Reproductive Rights

    Monday, Feb. 4, 2019
    6:00 - 8:00 PM

    Delancey Street Screening Room  
    600 The Embarcadero
    San Francisco, CA 94107

    The program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

    RSVP is required - click here to reserve your seat!

    Now more than ever, women’s reproductive rights are under attack by the Trump-Pence administration, which is catering to those who want to weaponize religious freedom to discriminate against others.

    On Monday, Feb. 4, Rachel Laser, President & CEO of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and Stacy Cross, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, will outline how their organizations are countering the legal, political and cultural challenges to women's reproductive rights. The discussion will be moderated by Monika Bauerlein, CEO of Mother Jones.

    From 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. you will have an opportunity to meet Rachel, Stacy and Monika. During this time refreshments will be served.

    Seating is limited, so only those who have a confirmed RSVP will be admitted.

    The Delancey Street Screening Room is on the Embarcadero near AT&T Park and easily accessible through public transportation. Metered parking is available along the Embarcadero. There is also a parking lot at the corner of Bryant and Embarcadero about a block away.

  • Triad Chapter hosts guest speaker Professor Lucas Johnston

    The Triad Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State will resume our monthly meetings on January 22nd, 2019.

    Our speaker for the January meeting will be
    Professor Lucas Johnston, from the Wake Forest University Department of Religious Studies
    on the topic of:

    "The Role of the Religious Right in Climate Change Denial."

    Dr. Johnston Photo

    Dr. Johnston’s interdisciplinary educational background includes degrees in Religion and Nature (PhD), Environmental Ethics (Graduate Certificate), Theology (MA), and Psychology (BA). His research focuses on the relationships between biocultural evolution and religion, with particular attention to environmental social movements and cross-cultural political dialog related to ideas about nature. He is the author of Religion and Sustainability: Social Movements and the Politics of the Environment (2013), co-editor of Science and Religion: One Planet, Many Possibilities (2014), and editor of Higher Education for Sustainability: Cases, Challenges and Opportunities Across the Curriculum (2012). He is currently the Director of the Environmental Program and serves as Co-Editor for the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture.

    The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 22nd, 7-8:30pm

    Polo Park Recreation Center
    1850 Polo Road
    Winston-Salem, NC 27106.

  • Orange County, CA Chapter Screening of "Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men & Women in WW II"

    Screening of "Coming Out Under Fire: The History of Gay Men & Women in WW II"

    1:45pm - 1/19/2019

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

    AU-OC "Flicks For Thought" Series:

    During World War II, U.S. military policy regarding gay and lesbian soldiers is unforgiving. Director Arthur Dong's look into these policies reveals the harsh punishments inflicted on homosexual soldiers, which included dishonorable discharges that prevented the collection of benefits. This documentary focuses on nine members of the armed forces, using interviews and clips to explore sexual repression in the military and the possible punishments these soldiers could face.

    At the start of the film the Joint Chiefs of Staff are shown stating unequivocally their belief that military service and homosexuality are incompatible. And just as unequivocally, the film sets out to prove that this position is the extension of a long and unconscionable tradition of institutional discrimination by the U.S. military against homosexuals dating back, at least, to World War II. Using a collage of newsreel footage, photographs, footage from psychiatric sessions, medical examinations, sex education lectures and other declassified footage, plus first hand interviews with nine gay veterans, they trace the evolution of the military's attitude. The film picks up just after Pearl Harbor, when, in an effort to screen out undesirables from the rush of young volunteers eager to join the war effort, homosexuals were lumped in the same category as mental defectives and criminals.

    Please join us for this important film and discussion on the history of gays in the military.

    For more info: mail@au-oc.org or call 714-299-4551

  • Rob Boston speaking at the Orange-Durham Chapter's Evening Meeting

    Rob Boston speaking on

    “The Good Wall: Why We Need Separation of Church and State More Than Ever.”

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
    7:00 pm

    Unitarian Universalist Congregation
    1710 Old N.C. 10
    Hillsborough, NC 27278

    The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.

  • Rob Boston speaking at the Orange-Durham Chapter's Lunch Meeting

    Rob Boston speaking on

    “Religious Freedom Abused: The Religious Right’s Attempt to Twist the Meaning of Our First Liberty.”

    11:30am-1pm
    Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

    Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room C
    100 Library Drive
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    A buffet luncheon catered by Mediterranean Deli will be served. You must RSVP so that we know how much food to order. We suggest an optional $15 per person (or more) donation to help defray costs and to support the Orange-Durham chapter of AU's initiatives.

    Please click here to RSVP. Click to RSVP once for each person attending.

    Please click here to make your donation for yourself and any guests you are bringing.

  • Central Savannah River Area Chapter Screening "Banned in Oklahoma"

    Screening "Banned in Oklahoma"

    6 pm - 1/10/2019

    Columbia County Library Basement Meeting Room
    7022 Evans Town Center Blvd
    Evans, GA 30809

    Come watch the documentary "Banned in Oklahoma" on how citizens & public libraries resisted censorship & illegal police search & seizure in Oklahoma.

    Thursday, January 10, 6 pm, Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd, Evans, GA. Basement meeting room. Wheelchair accessible. Free.

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  • Greater Phoenix Chapter Event

    Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Greater Phoenix Chapter (AU-GP) is back! Please join us at this kick-off event!

    Sunday, December 9, 2018
    10:00 AM
    to 12:30 PM

    Humanist Community Center
    627 W. Rio Salado Parkway · Mesa, AZ

    HSGP is located on Rio Salado Pkwy (formerly 8th St), between Alma School and Country Club.

    The highlight will be a panel discussion by leading local and national legal experts, fresh from the trenches, to talk about the status of church/state separation today. Bring your questions!

    Panel Members:
    Darrell Hill - Staff Attorney, ACLU of Arizona
    Richard Katskee - Legal Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State (National)
    Dianne Post - Chair of Legal Committee, Secular Communities for Arizona
    Andrew Seidel - Director of Strategic Response, Freedom From Religion Foundation (National)

    There will also be a presentation of upcoming events and future plans of AU-GP.

    Your Host and Panel Facilitator is Zenaido Quintana, President, AU-GP.

    Light refreshments will be provided.

    Sponsored by AU-GP and Secular Communities for Arizona.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    RSVP on Meetup - https://www.meetup.com/Americans-United-Greater-Phoenix/events/255938439/

    Email Jennifer White at augphx@gmail.com

  • Orange County Chapter's Annual Meeting & Pot Luck

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

    Who’s Steering This Thing? Where Are We Going?

    We need your driving skills in 2019!

    Americans United for Separation of Church and State

    Appetizer & Dessert Potluck - Annual Planning Meeting

    Bring your favorite snack food!

    Saturday November 17, 2018, 1:45 pm

    For more info:

    email: mail@au-oc.org
    tel: (714) 299-4551
    web: www.au-oc.org

  • 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!