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Church/State Separation Debate - hosted by the Longmont Democrats

from the coordinator's email request:

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For the evening program of Wednesday 7th May, we'll have an Oxford-style debate (see http://intelligencesquaredus.org/), the topic being Proposition: The wall separating Church and State in the US has become eroded and should be strengthened.

We'll lead off with a 15-minute historical perspective by CU's Professor of Religious Studies Ira Chernus (http://spot.colorado.edu/~chernus/). Arguing for the negative will be another CU professor, Steven Hayward, the inaugural Visiting Professor in Conservative Thought and Policy (http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2013/03/13/cu-boulder-appoints-steven-hayward-inaugural-visiting-scholar-conservative).

He will be accompanied in the negative by Scott Dunn, a local Catholic attorney. Doors open at 6pm. Event is free but seating is limited and tickets from Eventbrite.com will be required.

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AU's (Americans United for the Separation of Church and State) Barry Lynn will be participating in the debate, as well as Denise Maes, Public Policy Director for the ACLU of Colorado.

As noted above, the event is free, but a ticket is required to attend - you can register at this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/debate-god-and-government-tickets-11224178821?aff=es2&rank=6

Note: This is not an official FFRF event. We are posting this because it is an event that may be of interest to FFRF members.

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  • Renee

    extraordinary!

    May 8, 2014

  • Avery

    I will not be able to attend after all. I've sent the .pdf of my ticket to one of the Boulder Atheists to print out so it will be there if someone needs it.

    May 7, 2014

  • Avery

    I passed info about this event along to the Boulder Atheists. So far, five have signed up to go. If you'd like to see who's going, look here http://www.meetup.com/Boulder-Atheists/events/180539312/?a=ea1_grp&rv=ea1

    1 · May 2, 2014

  • Renee

    we will have a post-debate social at the Pumphouse Brewery following the debate also! The Pumphouse is close to the senior center.

    April 25, 2014

  • Scot S.

    Plenty of (free) tickets still available, but they are starting to get 'snapped up' at a pretty good rate. If you are interested in attending (and I have no doubt it will be a very lively, thought-provoking debate), I wouldn't wait too long to get your (free) ticket. Did I mention that they are free? We need to pack the place with freethinkers!

    1 · April 25, 2014

  • Renee

    Steven Hayward had to resign from this event, but his replacement will be Michael J. Norton, the senior counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom at its Regional Service Center in Colorado.

    April 21, 2014

  • Scot S.

    Renee - thanks for posting that the tickets are now available. I just got mine, and it looks like it will be a great event.

    1 · April 21, 2014

  • Scot S.

    Has anyone been able to get tickets? I can't find this event posted on Eventbrite.com... not sure if it's just me, or if it hasn't been put up yet.

    1 · April 10, 2014

    • Renee

      here's the link for tickets (free but necessary as seating is limited) http://www.eventbrite...­...­
      Moderator -- John Vahlenkamp (participating as an individual, not per his employment as managing editor of the local paper)

      FOR the Resolution: Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State Denise Maes, ACLU of Colorado Public Policy Director AGAINST the Resolution: Steven Hayward, CU's inaugural Visiting Professor in Conservative Thought and Policy Scott Dunn, Longmont attorney and member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic church Hosts:LAD and the Colorado chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State Host organizations' representatives:
      seating will be from 6PM to 6:30

      April 18, 2014

  • Renee

    here's the link for tickets (free but necessary as seating is limited) http://www.eventbrite.com/e/debate-god-and-government-tickets-11224178821?utm_campaign=new_eventv2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=eventurl_text
    Moderator -- John Vahlenkamp (participating as an individual, not per his employment as managing editor of the local paper)

    FOR the Resolution:
    Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
    Denise Maes, ACLU of Colorado Public Policy Director AGAINST the Resolution:
    Steven Hayward, CU's inaugural Visiting Professor in Conservative Thought and Policy
    Scott Dunn, Longmont attorney and member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic church Hosts:LAD and the Colorado chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
    Host organizations' representatives:
    seating will be from 6PM to 6:30

    April 18, 2014

  • Renee

    Yes! We have commitment from Barry Lynn that he is coming back to Colorado to participate in this debate!

    April 8, 2014

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