A Very Special Event:
The Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) will be speaking at our event on Monday, March 11.
Perhaps the most effective voice for church/state separation today, Barry Lynn frequently appears on TV news programs. He is a lively speaker who is always up-to-date on the latest issues. (To see videos of Barry Lynn speaking, go to www.keepthemseparate.org and click the links.)
The presentation is entitled:
“Three 800 Pound Gorillas Enter the Church-State Arena And It's No Joke”
He will emphasize three major church/state issues that are popping up around the country:
1. Illegal political activity by churches
2 Government funding for religious groups with discriminatory hiring practices
3. Businesses with owners claiming religious objection to covering birth control for their employees.
Barry Lynn thinks it may be surprising, but the Obama administration is doing very little to preserve church/state separation in two of these areas and is waffling on the third.
In a New York Times article titled “One Nation Under God?” Molly Worthen writes:
Barry Lynn …worries about what might happen if an unpredictable Supreme Court agrees to hear conservative Christians’ challenges to the contraception mandate, or their pleas for exemptions for charities that accept federal grants but discriminate on the basis of religion in hiring. “The court could create something vastly more dangerous than corporate free speech: a ‘corporate conscience’ claim,” Mr. Lynn, a lawyer and an ordained minister, told me. “These cases could become as significant for the redefinition of religious liberty as Roe v. Wade was a rearticulation of the right to privacy.”
New York Times, Dec. 22, 2012
Barry Lynn will be speaking at 7:00 PM on Monday March 11, at the historic Eliot Chapel of the First Unitarian Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave., in downtown Portland. (Doors open at 6:30.)
The Columbia Chapter of Americans United is sponsoring this event. It is FREE and open to the public. Please join us and bring a friend.
Parking in the lot right across Salmon Street costs $3 for all evening. Parking on the streets is free beginning at 7:00 PM.
Handicapped access is via the “alley” on 12th Street just south of the chapel.