Event: Barry Lynn and Jay Sekulow: Church/State Separation in the 21st Century

Event: Barry Lynn and Jay Sekulow: Church/State Separation in the 21st Century

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    University of Pennsylvania, Houston Hall, Hall of Flags

    3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, pa (edit map)

  • The Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, DVAU, is proud to co-host a special event with The Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism“A Conversation with Barry Lynn and Jay Sekulow: Church/State Separation in the 21st Century.”

    This special event will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, in the Hall of Flags, Houston Hall Ground Floor (Basement), 3417 Spruce Street. Parking info below.

    The conversation will be moderated by Reverend Hugh Taft-Morales of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, featuringReverend Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU), recent recipient of The 2013 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship, and Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). AU and the ACLJ often find themselves on opposite sides of the courtroom on church-state separation cases. Join us on March 26 at 6pm to see this important "casual debate" and ask your own questions. There will be three topics for conversation: Greece vs Galloway, Americans United's legislative prayer case currently under review by the US Supreme Court; the requirement for religious institutions to include contraception coverage in health insurance; and the problem of engaging in politics in the pulpit.


    Parking Garages: 

    Chestnut 34 Garage 
    34th St. between Ludlow & Chestnut Sts. 
    GPS Coordinates:  39.955069,-75.191627 
    Flat $10 - Enter after 5 pm 
    Cash or credit card 
    Walnut 38 Garage 
    N.E. corner of 38th & Walnut Sts. 
    GPS Coordinates:  39.953997,-75.198691 
    Hourly: $11 for the first hour, $2 each additional hour, Max. $30 
    Flat $17 – Enter after 5 p.m. 
    Credit card only 



Gail Rendle's picture

I wish I could be there, because I am interested in all 3 topics listed above.  I feel strongly that religion should play no part in the government of people; that governmental bodies, REGARDLESS of the expressed opinions of those affected, should and MUST REMAIN NEUTRAL.  They should be neither "Pro nor Con, where life-stance issues are concerned.  Religions have built churches (and synagogues, mosques, and temples of all sorts), at some expense to their congregants.  These buildings and properties, the homes of the congregants and their properties are, and MUST EVER BE, sufficient to house, proclaim and display their self-perceived virtues.  Proselytizing does not belong in the public forum.  (If a religious person's life does not reflect the goodness his religion preaches, without falling back on proselytizing and governmental back-up, his religion means nothing, anyway,)  As to contraception coverage, it should and MUST be covered by every company's health insurance, and contraception needs to be not only accepted, but gladly supported, by religious bodies.  This country - this world - is grossly overpopulated, in a large part due to the insistence by religious heirarchies who beg, demand, and steal each individual's authority over his or her own life, by means of a combination of family tradition and proselytizing. By forcing women to keep having children, they intend to provide an ongoing filling of their pews.  But they do not, and cannot, provide full support of those extraneous children, who grow up needing food, clothing, shelter, education, and jobs, at an increasing rate that will soon overwhelm this earth's ability to provide.  To ignore this fact is truly CRIMINAL NEGLIGANCE.  The cycle of approbation of religious-speaking legislators, and the belief that, 'if they're religious, they must be "ordained by god" to be in the office they're seeking, so we must vote for them and support them', are both preposterous.  Thomas Paine was right.  Thomas Jefferson was right. Robert Green Ingersoll was right.  Elizabeth Cady Stanton was right.  We need separation of church and state, with the state remaining neutral as to religious belief or non-belief, in all things.  And, if any religion can't stand on its own two feet, without aid of government, then it should be allowed to fall.