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DVAU/FS: Invoking Greece vs Galloway: Panel Discussion

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The Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (DVAU) and the Freethought Society (FS) are pleased to present “Invoking Greece v. Galloway.” This event will take place on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at The Free Library of Philadelphia (1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). The welcome and introductions begin promptly at 7:00 PM in Room 108.

Americans United (AU) recently filed a lawsuit against officials of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives challenging the House’s policy of allowing only people who believe in a theistic god to present invocations to open its daily sessions. Through this legal action nontheists seek to obtain equal rights to present solemnizing messages to open governmental meetings. AU contends that the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Greece v. Galloway paved the way for nontheists to have the right to present opening words on an equal basis with theistic invocation speakers. Also supporting the case is American Atheists.

This presentation will be done as a panel discussion with panelists answering questions posed by moderators and audience members. Panelists include two of the three plaintiffs in this lawsuit and AU’s Associate Legal Director Alex Luchenitser. Plaintiffs Brian Fields, president of Pennsylvania Nonbelievers, and Scott Rhoades, president of Lancaster Freethought Society, will be on the panel. Hosts and moderators are DVAU president Janice Rael and FS president Margaret Downey.

Learn more about the lawsuit here: