Why you should attend "On the Barricades: Reason vs. Religion in Public Policy" :)

From: Mark T.
Sent on: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 5:37 PM

Hi Everyone,

Just the other day, yet another U.S. House resolution was introduced which, in essence, is designed to somehow proclaim the superiority of the religious over the non-religious. Actually, it reads more like Judeo-Christianity "uber alles":

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hres789/text

Ok- merely a symbolic thing, one might say- but with a "Re-affirmation of In God We Trust" passing almost unanimously earlier this year, and an "Affirmation of the importance of Christianity" passing a year or 2 back, what other purpose does a resolution like this have, other than to establish some sort of "religious privilege"?

And never mind how religious authority intrudes, by way of sycophantic government, into policy in such areas as women's reproductive rights and equal protection under the law for gay people.

Please consider attending the Center for Inquiry Northeast Ohio's upcoming conference if you're able (Saturday, October 6 from 9am to 4pm at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Independence). The topic of the conference encompasses the yucky things mentioned above, and much more.

"On the Barricades: Reason vs. Religion in Public Policy" will feature four fabulous speakers, each with a different area of expertise: the high-level secular activist, the scholar, the popular blogger (and founder of freethoughtblogs.com) and the outspoken constitutional lawyer/advocate for the secular voice.

For some more info on each of the speakers:

Michael De Dora

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/speakers/de_dora_michael/

http://themoralperspective.tumblr.com/

Sheila Kennedy

http://sheilakennedy.net/

Ed Brayton

http://freethoughtblogs.com/dispatches

Eddie Tabash

http://www.tabash.com/

I wish I could say that the conference is free, but it's not :) But I can say that it will be money well spent- by attending the conference, you'll be helping a local chapter of an international non-profit (The Center for Inquiry), which is doing what it can to "secure the barricades".

Registration is $65 for general admission, $55 for CFI members and $25 for students- a banquet lunch is included in the price. Register online here:

http://www.centerforinquiry.net/neohio/events/cfino_biannual_conference/

Please consider attending... thanks! :)

Mark T.

 

 

 

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