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"On the Barricades: Reason vs. Religion in Public Policy"

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."

Conference 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, radio host, comedian

Saturday, October 6,[masked]am 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 :)

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  • Sharon W.

    Excellent, super-informative and motivating conference! We were very fortunate to have such great speakers and I'm glad I attended.

    October 7, 2012

  • Mark T.

    There were some requests to upload the introductory video I cobbled together- here 'tis:

    1 · October 7, 2012

  • Mark T.

    I'd like to thank each and every one of you for attending, and I hope you enjoyed the special guests as much as I did. I can't really pick a favorite... I thought all 4 speakers were fantastic. I found Eddie Tabash's suggestion- about those of us who are "staunch" non-theists showing the average theist (and those who have just begun to doubt) a bit more "understanding"- to be very compelling (but not going as far as to coddle nonsense, of course).

    October 6, 2012

  • Marni H.

    Awesome conference! Scary as hell what we're up against and we have a ton of work ahead of us. It will take everything we have, but we can affect change if we all pull together and work forward the common goal!

    October 6, 2012

  • Suzy W.

    Excellent. The speakers were great.The next 100 years are going to make a huge difference in the Separation of Church and State, but we have to help in any way we can.

    October 6, 2012

  • Sam S.

    Holy schnikes! We better get our arses in gear.

    October 6, 2012

  • Tim C.

    Registered and ready. See y'all there!

    October 5, 2012

  • Matt

    Just a reminder, that if you plan on attending you need to go to the CFI-NEO website and register: Please try to do so by this Sunday, Sept. 30 so we can be sure to order all the meals we'll need.

    September 26, 2012

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