Advocates of separation of church and state (and especially allies in the non-belief community) are often challenged by followers of the Religious Right to explain what they want or what aspect of U.S. society they would change in both legal and cultural contexts. In this talk, Rob Boston of Americans United will discuss the ideal secular society that many supporters of church-state separation are working toward. The speech will cover topics such as government endorsement of religion, the role of religion in public education, LGBT rights, taxpayer support for religious projects and how to define religious freedom claims in a multi-faith, multi-philosophy society.
The event will take place Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 2:30 PM at the Salem Church Public Library, 2607 Salem Church Rd, Fredericksburg, VA. All are welcome. Refreshments, coffee and tea will be served.
Speaker biography: Rob Boston is the Director of Communications at Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Rob, who has worked at Americans United since 1987, also serves as editor of AU’s Church & State magazine. Rob is the author of four books: Close Encounters with the Religious Right: Journeys into the Twilight Zone of Religion and Politics (Prometheus Books, 2000); The Most Dangerous Man in America? Pat Robertson and the Rise of the Christian Coalition (Prometheus Books, 1996); Why the Religious Right Is Wrong About Separation of Church and State (Prometheus Books, 1993; second edition, 2003) and, most recently, Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You The Right To Tell Other People What To Do (Prometheus Books, 2014).