The Center for Inquiry Northeast Ohio presents their biannual conference:
On the Barricades: Reason vs. Religion in Public Policy
"Religion-based authority continues to exert a powerful influence over politics and public policy, as well as having a profound effect on our public discourse. Though the percentage of Americans who claim "no religion" is increasing steadily, religious authority continues to hold a disproportionate influence over both our government officials and the mainstream media. During the past decade, the secular movement has been gathering steam with a notable increase in both size and visibility, due in part to secular America's efforts to counter religious interference in our public policymaking.
Join us for an exploration of past, present, and future clashes between secular and religious values and how these clashes affect our politics and public policy. On the Barricades: Reason vs. Religion in Public Policy features four individuals who, in differing but equally important ways, are helping to secure the “barricades” between religious authority and the secular state, and are doing their part to advance the cause of secularism in general."
FEATURED GUEST SPEAKERS:
- Edward Tabash, constitutional lawyer, member of the Board of Directors for both Center for Inquiry and the Council for Secular Humanism, Chair of the National Legal Committee for Americans United for Separation of Church and State
- Sheila Kennedy, Professor of Law and Policy in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Faculty Fellow at the Center for Religion and American Culture (both IUPUI), past columnist for theIndianapolis Star
- Michael De Dora, director of CFI's Office of Public Policy and CFI's representative to the United Nations
- Ed Brayton, blogger at Dispatches from the Culture Wars, co-founder of FreethoughtBlogs.com, radio host, comedian
Saturday, October 6, 2012 9am to 4pm
Crowne Plaza Cleveland South/Independence
5300 Rockside Rd.
Independence, OH 44131
Registration: CFI member price $55, nonmember price $65, student price $25
The admission price includes a banquet lunch- choice of Almond Chicken, Seared Atlantic Salmon, Vegetable Lasagna, or vegan option (available upon request).
Online registration & more extensive featured speaker bios here:
Direct registration link here:
See you there :)