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Ed Buckner Speaks to EBA on Separation of Religion & Government

This month EBA features Ed Buckner, former President of American Atheists and former Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism, speaking on the historical roots of secularism in the founding of this country.

Ed is the lead author of In Freedom We Trust: An Atheist Guide to Religious Liberty, just released by Prometheus Books, and will offer a lively summary of some of the key points in the book. Anyone interested in American history, religious liberty, American exceptionalism, weird treaties, or politics (Michelle Bachmann worship--is it wrong?) should enjoy this presentation. Ed will be in the area for several days and will also speak at Stanford and in San Franisco, and he promises a somewhat different talk each time. Books will be available for sale and signing by Ed.

As President of American Atheists, Ed nurtured the reconcillation with groups like CFI, Atheist Alliance and FFRF, overcoming the hostility that had blossomed during the Madalyn Murray O'Hair years. His work helped pave the way for the Reason Rally, the largest atheist gathering ever.

Don't miss this opportunity! We are flying Ed in from Georgia so that you can experience this event.

Afterwards we will go to dinner at King Dong Restaurant, 2429 Shattuck Ave. (near Haste) in Berkeley. Please join us.

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When: Sunday, March 17th, 1:30 - 3:30 PM

Location: Berkeley Main Library, 3rd Floor Meeting Room, 2090 Kittredge St., One Block From Downtown Berkeley BART

BART Access: From the downtown Berkeley BART Station, walk 1.5 blocks south on Shattuck Avenue, then turn right on Kittredge. The library is a half block down the street on the left.

Parking: The city parking lot at Allston & Harold Way, a short block from the library, is $7 for the entire day on Sunday. If you don't mind walking, take University to MLK, turn right and then instead of proceeding left on Allston to the parking lot, turn right. In several blocks you will see parking on the side streets.

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Our next meeting will be on Sunday, April 21st. Details will follow.

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  • Charles

    I thought it was terrific, I learned a lot. Thanks Ed.
    Charles Dalton

    March 17, 2013

  • David D.

    I enjoyed Mr. Buckner's presentation. It was not a typical structured talk with slides and charts and diagrams, but it was a clear series of points told with warmth and humor. Southern manners may put some off. I think Ed left the talk open-ended because he was preaching to the choir & intended to be a cheer leader for the cause of dynamic, atheist secularism. He spoke with low key enthusiasm from real participation and experience. He had all of his facts and interesting stories from real people. Ed is not a song and dance man. I am glad I was able to hear his discursive presentation.

    March 17, 2013

  • Carol G.

    (Sorry for the messy posting below...there was a computer problem...)

    March 17, 2013

  • Carol G.

    It was good to be in a room of like-minded people, but the speaker was deadly boring, and spoke on a low level, with very little intellectual content, and only repeated commonplaces...It was his third talk inthree days so thatmight have contributed to his lack of focus but I suspect that it is more problemativ=c than that

    third talk on
    the subject in three days, so that might have contributed to his lack of focus and depth, but I suspect that it was more problematic than that. I think he was just not that deep a thinker.

    March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think some interesting points emerged but in general it seemed very unstructured. I was disappointed as it was such an interesting topic.

    March 17, 2013

  • David A.

    Will be there if I'm not in San Francisco listening to Mark Leno.

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is an important topic, but I'll be in San Francisco at that time, attending a meeting of a progressive group that wants to discuss what's important to its attendees.

    March 11, 2013

  • Charles

    Looking forward to it.
    Charles Dalton

    March 11, 2013

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