Many of our members are interested in Separation of Church and State issues. On March 11th, Reverend Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State will be speaking about the three major church/state issues that are popping up around the country: illegal political activity by churches, government funding for religious groups with discriminatory hiring practices, and for profit businesses with owners claiming religious objection to covering birth control for their employees.
Barry Lynn frequently appears on TV news programs, and is a lively speaker who is always up-to-date on the latest issues. He's perhaps the most effective voice for church/state separation today, To see Barry Lynn speak, click on these short videos:
At the Women, Money and Power (https://www.au.org/media/press-appearances/barry-w-lynn-addresses-the-%E2%80%9Cwomen-money-power-summit%E2%80%9D)
Summit On CNN News (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elXfo1NVb-g)
Barry worries about what might happen if an unpredictable Supreme Court agrees to hear conservative Christians’ challenges to the contraception mandate, or their pleas for exemptions for charities that accept federal grants but discriminate on the basis of religion in hiring. “The court could create something vastly more dangerous than corporate free speech: a ‘corporate conscience’ claim,” Mr. Lynn, a lawyer and an ordained minister,told me. “These cases could become as significant for the redefinition of religious liberty as Roe v. Wade was an articulation of the right to privacy.” --New York Times, Dec. 22, 2012 (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/23/opinion/sunday/american-christianity-and-secularism-at-a-crossroads.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0)
Barry Lynn will be speaking at 7:00 PM on Monday, March 11 at the historic Eliot Chapel of the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 1011 SW 12th Ave., in downtown Portland. (Doors open at 6:30.)
FREE and open to the public. Please come and bring a friend.
Parking in the lot right across Salmon Street costs $3 for all evening. Parking on the streets is free beginning at 7:00 PM.
Handicapped access is via the “alley” on 12th Street just south of the chapel.
For more information, visit the Columbia chapter website: www.keepthemseprate.org (http://www.keepthemseparate.org/)