• Orange County, CA Chapter event with guest speaker Justin Massey

    Creating LGBTQ Dialog within Evangelical Spaces

    01:45pm - 3/16/2019

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

    Justin Massey is no stranger to difficult conversations on religion and politics having got his start as an LGBTQ activist while at evangelical flagship Wheaton College - ranked his freshman year as the #1 LGBTQ unfriendly campus in the country by US News and World. He will share his experiences creating dialogue within evangelical spaces, and his work since then in politics and the LGBTQ rights movement in Orange County and across the state.

    Justin Massey is a program associate for Equality California responsible for organizing Southern California Pride events and supporting EQCA's healthcare, immigration and safe schools programs. Prior to this role, Justin was a field organizer overseeing EQCA's outreach, healthcare and voter registration programs in Orange County. Before joining EQCA, Justin worked as a campaign staffer for local candidates in Orange County. He is an active member of local political and non-profit organizations including OC Young Democrats, the LGBT Center OC and Men Alive - The OC Gay Men's Chorus. Justin graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from Wheaton College in Illinois.

    Our doors open at 1:15 for socializing and the meeting starts at 1:45. There is plenty of free parking and there is no charge for the meeting.

    More info: mail@au-oc.org; www.au-oc.org; 714-299-4551

  • Upstate SC Chapter hosts Dr. Andrew Whitehead

    Upstate SC Chapter of AU Quarterly Chapter Meeting

    Saturday, February 23, 2019
    1:00 PM--3:00 PM

    Coffee Underground
    1 Coffee St
    Greenville,  SC  29601

    Our Speaker:
    Dr. Andrew Whitehead

    Taking America Back for God:
    Christian Nationalism in the United States.

    Andrew Whitehead is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Clemson University interested in how religion both shapes and is shaped by the surrounding culture and how this influences various social institutions, such as the family. The author of over 30 publications in various social science journals, his recent research on Christian nationalism has been featured across a number of outlets including the Washington Post, CNN Today, and Slate, among others. He is currently working on a book on Christian nationalism. It will provide the first comprehensive empirical analysis of Christian nationalism in the United States.

  • Orange County, CA Chapter event with guest speaker Eddie Tabash

    Eddie Tabash, AU Legal Chair
    speaking on
    The Supreme Court Has Finally Fallen to the Religious Right

    1:45pm - 2/16/2019

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

    Eddie Tabash will address the critical new reality: With the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court has, for the first time ever, a religious right majority. This presentation will explore the actual dangers of a theocracy in America and the ominous prospects of second class citizenship for nonbelievers. Americans United is committed to the true intent of the Constitution: Equal rights for everyone, believers and nonbelievers of all kinds. This foundational pillar of American civilization is in grave jeopardy. We must not allow modern secular government to be destroyed.

    Eddie Tabash is chair of the legal committee of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and is a constitutional lawyer in the Los Angeles area. He has filed amicus briefs with the United States and California Supreme Courts in separation of church and state cases. He is regarded as a nationwide expert in demonstrating that the Framers of the Bill of Rights intentionally developed the First Amendment to provide absolute legal equality for the protection of believers and non-believers alike.

    Our doors open at 1:15 for socializing and the meeting starts at 1:45. Plenty of free parking and no charge for the meeting.

    For more information please email us at: mail@au-oc.org or visit our website www.au-oc.org

  • 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.

  • Clay County Chapter Meeting

    Clay County Chapter
    Public Meeting

    Saturday, Feb 2, 2019
    10 AM
    At Fleming Island Public Library
    1895 Town Center Blvd
    Fleming Island, FL

    Agenda for this meeting, sponsored by Americans United for Separation of Church and State (Clay County Chapter): #63
    • Election of officers and Board members
    • Church-state mischief in the Florida Legislature
    • Religious Right initiatives across State Capitals
    • Open discussion of your church-state concerns

    Proposed Ballot for Sat, Feb 2, 2019
    President    David Campbell (two year term ending 2021)
    Vice President    Sandy Goldman (for two year term ending 2021)
    Secretary    Need Secretary with computer skill!
    Treasurer    Rich Kusnierek (for two year term ending 2020)
    At Large Board Members
    Richard Dodds (two year term ending 2021)
    Cathie Parrott (for two year term ending 2020)
    Harry Parrott (two year term ending 2020)
    Marianna Smith (two year term ending 2021)
    Bill Waterston (two year term ending 2020)
    Nominations from the floor welcome with prior nominee agreement.
    MORE INFORMATION CALL (904) 529-1496

  • 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.”

    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.