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MA.ASH Speaker: David Niose: Current Legal Battles for Church/ State Seperation
Please join us for our monthly meeting, featuring a special presentation by Atty David Niose, who is the legal director of the American Humanist Association, a Washington-based group that advocates for church-state separation and the rights of secular humanists. He will speak on current legal battles for Church-State separation, including an overview of the AHA's current litigation docket, which includes constitutional litigation in about a dozen jurisdictions across the country. He will also discuss the state of church-state separation in America today, how it is trending in light of the ever-evolving federal judiciary, and how it is affected by the nation's rancorous political climate. Niose has litigated constitutional cases in state and federal courts all over the country and has written extensively about secularism in America. He served as lead counsel in a case that challenged the "under God" wording of the Pledge of Allegiance, which went before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 2013. Niose is author of the bestselling Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans (Palgrave Macmillan 2012) and Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason (St. Martin's Press 2014). He also writes for Psychology Today and has been published in numerous other publications, including the Washington Post, Newsday, Huffington Post, Salon, and others. Paid parking is available behind the library for $.25/hr. The meters accept quarters only. The meters with the orange paint towards the back of the lot are 4-hour meters; the rest are 2-hour.

Forbes Library

20 West Street · Northampton, MA

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    Welcome to Western MA.A.S.H (Atheist, Secular Humanist)! We are an open-minded and welcoming community from Western MA and surrounding areas.

    Most of us identify as Humanists, which means we reject religion or spirituality as the basis for morality and decision making. Instead, we look to ourselves and each other to create meaning and live the most fulfilling lives we can.

    Our monthly Meetings/Discussion groups are a good way to get a feel for the group, share Ideas, and learn about the non-theist community. Our membership is diverse (all are welcome, regardless of religious perspective), and our discussions are energetic and thought provoking. If you'd prefer to meet some like-minded people in a smaller and more informal setting, try one of our social events. Our events are well attended... you will have the opportunity to meet dozens of like-minded people.

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