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John M Compere, The Wall Will Come A-Tumblin’ Down: Texas Biblebelt Battleground

Sunday Speaker Meeting

John M. Compere, Or The Wall Will Come A-Tumblin’ Down: Report from the Texas Biblebelt Battleground

In a joint meeting with FFRF-VSUN and the Phoenix chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, HSGP will present guest speaker, retired US Army General John Milsap Compere from Baird, Texas. General Compere is a cousin of our very own member also named John Compere, who will introduce his Texas kin. They are both descendants of the Rev. Lee Compere who came to America as a missionary to the Native Americans.

General Compere, now a retired Texas rancher, has had an illustrious career in the military, as a lawyer, as a judge, and as a writer. Many of his recent writings deal with the constitutional clarity of the first Amendment regarding church/state separation. He is the author of 74 published articles for local, state, and national bar associations, as well as being a News-Editorial Commentator for the Abilene Reporter, plus several other publications.

Further credentials include:

Law – 40+ years (US Army lawyer and Texas lawyer, mediator and arbitrator in Federal and State Courts).

Judicial – 4 years (Washington DC - Chief Judge of the US Army Court of Military Review, tenured federal court position, nominated by President and confirmed by Congress).

Military – 26 years, US Army & Army Reserve (started as Texas Tech ROTC cadet, began active duty as 101st Airborne Division paratrooper, served in Thailand, Vietnam, Honduras, Panama and USA, retired as Brigadier General and Vietnam Era Disabled Veteran.)

General Compere’s wife, Dee, is a local celebrity singer and will perform before her husband’s presentation.

The doors will open at 9:00 am for breakfast and socializing. The meeting will begin at 10:00 am.


The Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix presents its Sunday Speaker meetings twice a month on Sunday mornings.

We enjoy the company of our fellow Humanists and a lecture from a guest speaker and topic discussion ending by 11:30 a.m. Our meetings are free and open to anyone who is interested in learning more about Humanism.

Breakfast is offered for sale to members and guests for $5.00. For coffee only, the charge is $1.00. If you would like to have coffee and/or food, please pay at the welcome desk by the entrance door. Of course, donations are always gratefully accepted as well.

*Please note that being a member of this Meetup group does not mean that you are a member of the organization HSGP. Please consider becoming a dues-paying member of HSGP and supporting one of the largest non-theistic communities in Arizona. Membership entitles you to borrow from a large selection of books and DVDs (including DVD recordings of our Sunday Speaker presentations) from our Robert G. Ingersoll Library, and the privilege to vote for board members annually.

For your convenience, the membership desk is immediately behind the welcome desk at each Sunday meeting. Stop by to join or renew your membership in HSGP, or to update your records such as your email address.

Thank you! See you at the HSGP Community Center!

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  • Richard D.

    This looks like a great event and I am very excited about the three organizations coming together at one time! I'm expecting a big crowd and I'm sure everyone will be pleased with General Compere's presentation.

    See ya'll there!

    February 21, 2014

  • Douglas H.

    Interesting to hear what's happening in the TX Bible Belt by someone who has lived in the hierarchy of the system for many years.

    February 11, 2014

  • Richard D.

    I am very much looking forward to this presentation. It will be very interesting to hear from General Compere considering his very impressive background!

    February 11, 2014

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