God and Government: 25 Years of Fighting for Equality, Secularism, and Freedom of Conscience
Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, will be giving a special talk on Wed., Aug. 12, at 8 p.m. at CFI-L.A. about his new book, God and Government: 25 Years of Fighting for Equality, Secularism and Freedom of Conscience.
His new book, a hard-hitting critique of the Religious Right and its plans to "Christianize" America, has received good pre-publication endorsements. Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, called it "a must read for feminists and for all Americans who support women's rights...[he] knows all the tricks, twists and turns of those who want to turn the clock back several centuries. When he speaks, I take notes."
Lynn will emphasize what he calls the "big wallbangers" of the next few decades: the "faith-based initiative," and the insistence by fundamentalist religious groups that they have a right to refuse to comply with laws with which they have a theological disagreement.
For nearly a quarter century, Lynn has been the executive director of Americans United. He is both an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and a member of the Supreme Court bar, which allows him to argue cases in front of the nine justices. He has been an "in your face" player in virtually every separation battle for the past 25 years. Pat Robertson has labeled him "lower than a child molester" while the late Jerry Falwell claimed he was "a rancher with no cows". Nevertheless, he has never been deterred from speaking up for secularists-theistic and non-theistic alike.
Lynn will be introduced by Eddie Tabash, chair of the CFI Board of Directors and chair of the national legal committee for Americans United.
There is a suggested donation of $5 for his talk. God and Government will be available for sale and signing.