Dr. James M. Dunn, a tireless advocate for freedom of conscience who served on Americans United’s Board of Trustees for nearly 20 years, including a stint as board vice president, passed away July 4. He was 83.
When I began working for Americans United in 1987, one thing confused me: Why were there so many Southern Baptists hanging around?
Southern Baptists were the enemy – or so I thought. After all, they were extremely conservative and always advocating things like school prayer amendments and anti-LGBT legislation.
One of my heroes in the church-state world is a feisty Southern Baptist minister named James Dunn.
James ran the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty here in Washington for many years. He is firmly grounded in the historic Baptist view that separation of church and state is good for both institutions. Woe to anyone who suggested that James was operating out of hostility toward religion. A man of deep faith, James would quickly set you straight on that.