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Stoking Islamophobia: Rep. King to Hold Hearing on “Radicalization” of Muslims

By Nate Hennagin

On Thursday, March 10, the Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, Representative Peter King (R-NY), will hold a hearing titled, "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response." AU has submitted testimony to oppose the structure and focus of this hearing, as we believe it presents a serious threat to religious liberty.

Broken Record: Boehner Wants To Cut All Social Programs – Except School Vouchers, Except School Vouchers, Except School Vouchers….

When House Speaker John Boehner flew to Nashville to speak to the National Religious Broadcasters a few days ago, he sounded a familiar refrain.

Lamenting that the national debt is now over $14.1 trillion, he told the TV preachers, “In other words, we're broke. Broke, going on bankrupt…. Here we must speak the truth.  Yes, this level of debt is unsustainable.  It is also immoral.”

It’s a sermon theme that the Ohio congressman has sounded on more than one occasion.

Flagler County AU Says No Vouchers!

Flagler County AU Chapter members rally to "Awake the State" in support of public schools. Pictured from left to right are: Arnie Levine, Konnie Rae, Flagler County Chapter President Merrill Shapiro, and Jim Guines Ph.D, former Flagler County Superintendent of Schools.

In Play In Iowa: Ralph Reed Confab Shows Religious Right Is In The Game For 2012

Some political analysts are speculating that the Religious Right is dead and that the Tea Party is movement to watch.

Well, it looks like Religious Right leaders and activists haven’t gotten that memo.

Recent evidence of the non-death of the Religious Right comes from Iowa, where former Christian Coalition Executive Director Ralph Reed last night held a forum on “moral” issues featuring a line-up of Republican presidential possibilities.

Fort Bragg Bias: Military Fails To Keep Promise To Support Secularist Event

Back in September, Americans United urged Army officials to cancel an evangelistic event at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

AU said “Rock the Fort” targeted both service personnel and civilian families in the surrounding community for conversion to evangelical Christianity. Despite its clear religious nature, the rally and concert received the full backing of military brass, who helped advertise and fund the event to the tune of $54,500.

The Phelps Decision: Supreme Court Decision Undercuts Religious Right Lie

As I’m sure everyone knows by now, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the right of Westboro Baptist Church to picket near the funerals of soldiers who died while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In any writing about Westboro Baptist, it is important to immediately make it clear that the messages from Pastor Fred Phelps and his family are vile, obnoxious and disgusting. But, as the high court has made clear, even jerks have free-speech rights.

Naples (FL) Chapter Hosts Rev. Barry Lynn

The Naples Chapter of Americans United will host an event featuring guest speaker Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United. Rev. Lynn will speak on the topic "The Future of Separation of Church and State: Crisis or Confidence?".

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 6:00 PM  

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club
851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North
Naples, FL 34102

6:00 PM  Cocktails & Hors 'D Ouevres
6:45 PM  Barry Lynn

For additional information contact: John Lynch at 239-774-9678

South Pinellas County (FL) Chapter Hosts Rev. Barry Lynn

The South Pinellas County Chapter of Americans United will host an event featuring guest speaker Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United. Rev. Lynn will speak on the topic "The Future of Separation of Church and State: Crisis or Confidence?".

Monday, March 7, 2011 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Good Samaritan Church (UCC)
6085 Park Blvd
Pinellas, FL 33781

Q&A and reception to follow.

Sarasota-Manatee Chapter Hosts Rev. Barry Lynn

The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism & The Sarasota-Manatee Chapter of Americans United present Rev. Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United, speaking on "Extreme Makeover - America's Church-State History."

The event takes place Saturday, March 5, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the:

Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
3023 Proctor Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34231

For additional information on this event contact: Arlene Pearlman 941-377-1003.

Florida AU Chapters Host Rev. Barry Lynn

Americans United members and supporters will have a number of opportunities to hear AU's Executive Director Rev. Barry Lynn.  Listed above are locations where Barry will be speaking over the next few days.  Don't miss your opportunity to hear from a leading voice for church-state separation.

Look for additional posts on these Florida events:

  • Saturday, March 5, hosted by the Sarasota-Manatee Chapter.
  • Monday, March 7, hosted by the South Pinellas County Chapter.
  • Tuesday, March 8, hosted by the Naples Chapter.