Notice the 11 AM start time for this well-publicized public event at the Sedona Public Library. We have the room until 1 PM. Richard Miller, Board Member of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, will speak. He decribes the topics as:
"The talk does point out how unifying church and state harms each and there is discussion of religious groups who would, today, like to institute biblical law,with the death penalty for homosexuality, etc. I talk about how the conststitution, and the bill of rights came about, and how they were implemented. I discuss how religion is treated in the constitution, and then how separation of church and statehas been treated by the courts.There is also emphasis on the Treaty of Tripoli, and the Mayflower compact. I also point out that this is a semantic issue; founding BY Christians does not mean founded AS a Christian nation. I will include a discussion of ALEC and CAP and their current attempts and activities." [Note: ALEC and CAP are lobbying groups that introduce and influence religously biased legislation in Arizona].
Folks from all viewpoints are encouraged to attend! We expect to have religious people in attendance. We welcome their participation in nonconfrontational discussion following Mr Miller's presentation.
Coffee, tea and finger foods will be provided. There is no charge for this event, however the speaker is not charging us an honorarium. We will be soliciting voluntary donations to cover his expenses and show our appreciation.
Note that the meeting room can accomodate only 100 people. We have no idea how many will show up, so the possibility exists that late comers will be turned away due to lack of space.