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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.

Dial And The Decalogue: Alabama Senator Pushes Commandments Amendment

Forget what the Constitution and the courts say, Alabama State Sen. Gerald Dial knows best.

On Tuesday, Dial introduced for the seventh time in his 10 years in office a bill that would amend the state constitution to encourage display of the Ten Commandments in public schools and other governmental buildings.

According to Dial, the Commandments don’t favor any particular religious belief; they’re just “rules we ought to live by.”

Flagler County (FL) AU Rally to Support Public Education!

Come out and show your support for public schools!
WHEN:    Tuesday, March 8 at 4:00pm
WHERE:  Publix Super Market At Belle Terre Crossings (Kohls)
BRING:    Your homemade signs!!

Florida is awakening to the irresponsible budget cuts proposed by Gov. Scott and his enablers in the legislature. Our fellow Floridians know this is wrong, and they're responding. But we need your help to continue building momentum. Even if you've already done so, please share this information with your friends and let's continue to Awake The State!

New (And Unimproved) Newt: Gingrich Seeks To Topple Secular America

I’ve been reporting on Religious Right meetings for more than two decades now and have had to sit through some pretty nasty stuff. I recall a meeting of the Family Research Council’s “Values Voter Summit” a few years ago where a staff member with the American Family Association explained how Adolf Hitler invented the separation of church and state.

As bad as that was, it wasn’t as annoying as listening to Newt Gingrich. Gingrich is a fixture at these meetings. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve heard him speak. It’s awful, every time.

Tennessee Intolerance: Legislators Propose Jailing Followers Of Islamic Law

In November, voters in Oklahoma approved a misguided state constitutional amendment designed to ban Islamic law – known as Shariah – in the state,

The fact that there was no effort to impose Shariah law in Oklahoma and that even if there were the First Amendment would prevent it did not sway Sooner State voters; 70 percent of them were apparently concerned about a coming wave of mandatory burqa wearing and backed the measure at the polls.