Americans United in action! Staff members work to support church-state separation.


Americans United staff members remain busy boosting separation of church and state in a variety of ways. Here's some news about recent activities:

Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United, delivered a secular invocation before a meeting of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights in Washington, D.C., May 16. Lynn was in New York City May 23 where he appeared on John Fugelsang's "Tell Me Everything" show on Sirius XM Radio.

On June 1, Lynn spoke to AU's Columbia Chapter of Oregon and Southwest Washington. The event took place at the First Unitarian Church of Portland, and Lynn addressed the topic, "Separation Anxiety: Are We Winning the Fight for Real Religious Freedom?"

The following day, Lynn spoke to the Greater Seattle AU Chapter at the University of Washington.

Lynn also spoke at the 50th anniversary conference of the National Organization for Women (NOW) June 25 in Washington, D.C.

On June 5, AU Legislative Director Maggie Garrett spoke at "Pursuing Justice 2016," a national conference sponsored by Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice. The event took place in Washington, D.C., with Garrett joining a panel discussion titled, "The New Chapter in the Culture Wars: Religious Freedom, Reproductive Rights, and LGBTQ Equality."

Garrett also spoke June 20 at a D.C. conference sponsored by the Hindu-American Foundation.

Richard Katskee, AU's legal director, served on a panel sponsored by the Washington, D.C., Bar Association June 2 examining the U.S. Supreme Court's recent action in Zubik v. Burnell, a case challenging the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act. The event offered continuing legal-education credit to practicing attorneys.

AU Director of Communications Rob Boston took part in a panel discussion sponsored by the Massachusetts Chapter of Americans United June 2 in Boston. Other members of the panel included Katherine Stewart, author of The Good News Club: The Christian Right's Stealth Assault on America's Children, and David Niose, legal director of the American...

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