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Celebrate World Humanist Day with "In God We Teach"

  • Jun 21, 2013 · 6:30 PM
  • Baltimore Ethical Society

Please join us as we celebrate World Humanist Day with the Baltimore Coalition of Reason with pizza and a screening of the documentary "In God We Teach".

What: "In God We Teach" with Matthew LaClair

When: 7:00 pm, Friday, June 21, 2013.  Come early for pizza at 6:30 pm.

Where: The Baltimore Ethical Society, 306 W. Franklin St.


This event is free and open to the public.  Child care is available.  Donations requested to offset costs.

In the documentary "In God We Teach," filmmaker Vic Losick tells the story of Matthew LaClair, who rose to national prominence by challenging his history teacher who preached his religious views in class.  Matthew will take questions and read from his forthcoming book "The Preachin' Mr. P: Condemned in a Kearny Classroom." The website for the film is

If you're coming for pizza, please register for the event or email [masked] so we have an idea how much to order.

More about the film:

Are teachers allowed to express their personal opinions in the classroom?  Can competing theories be taught alongside evolution in a public classroom?  These and other questions are the focus of the full-length documentary, "In God We Teach," which follows the “separation of church and state” controversy played out in a very public feud between a high school student and his history teacher in Kearny, NJ, a blue-collar, all-American town within sight of downtown New York.

About Matthew LaClair:
Matthew LaClair started out as a student activist from Kearny, N.J., challenging his U.S. History teacher for preaching his religious beliefs during class time and taking on an American Government textbook that contained inaccurate and biased information. For his efforts, he has appeared on and in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, and Brian Lehrer on NPR and has published an Op-Ed piece in a Sunday edition of the Los Angeles Times. He has delivered dozens of addresses around the country and in London, and has received numerous awards from organizations including the ACLU, the American Humanist Association, and the American Ethical Union.
Since 2009, Matthew has hosted a talk show called "Equal Time for Freethought" on WBAI 99.5 FM in NYC, interviewing authors, scientistsand public figures including Neil deGrasse Tyson, Lawrence Krauss, Chris Mooney, and Ellery Schempp. He graduated from The New School in NYC with a B.A. in Culture and Media studies this past summer and will be attending Columbia Journalism School starting in late August to pursue an M.A. in Science Journalism.  Matthew is the brother of BES member Kate LaClair.

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  • Emil V.

    Matthew is articulate and principled. What would you have done in his shoes, if your teacher told your U.S. History class in a public school that if you did not accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior that you belonged in Hell? Matthew said it's not a problem if that happens, once, twice, even three times, but if it continues every class, then somebody needs to put a stop to it. This is a story of courage. Thanks to Kate LaClair for inviting her brother to come to Baltimore and speak to us!

    1 · June 22, 2013

  • Paul

    A highly interesting talk from a very courageous young man who stood up against a school system uninterested in teaching students nor interested in protecting his Constitutionally protected rights. Having his family in the audience was a nice benefit.

    June 22, 2013

  • Emil V.

    Cathy: I'm ordering from Kyro Pizza, and I will get one of their vegan Dahb pizzas, so there will be some variety.

    June 20, 2013

  • Cathy E.

    Tom and I are coming and we will bring a Vegan pizza :)

    June 19, 2013

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