Saturday, April 24, 2010

OK AU Spring Dialogue Touches the Hot Button Issues

For Immediate Release

OKC Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Saturday, April 24, 2010

Contact: Mike Fuller, president, 405-570-3244
Nick Singer, vice-president, 405-416-3126

What: OKC Chapter of Americans United Spring Dialogue Event
When: Saturday, May 8, 2010, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: OKC Downtown Public Library, 300 Park Avenue, 4th floor
Who: OKC Chapter of Americans United for Church & State and the public!

Americans United for Separation of Church & State
Plans Spring Dialogue Event

(OKLAHOMA CITY) The Oklahoma City Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church & State ( has never sidestepped the hot button issues confronting the implementation of America's Constitution. The upcoming Spring Dialogue on Saturday, May 8, 2010 will be an example of defending the rule of law, regardless of faith belief or no belief, Christian or other beliefs, and regardless of sexual orientation.

This year's edition will bring two of those hot buttons to the forefront during a public meeting at the Downtown Public Library, located at 300 Park Avenue. We will convene in the 4th floor Friends of the Library Room.

During the morning session Reverend Dr. Scott Jones from the Cathedral of Hope located in Oklahoma City ( will discuss the latest book by Martha Nussbaum concerning the history of religious liberty. Rev. Jones has exercised his religious liberty by marrying his partner Michael Cich in the United Church of Christ denomination.

In the afternoon session, Razi Hashmi, Executive Director, CAIR Oklahoma, ( will share his experience of living in Oklahoma as a follower of Islam and what it means for the separation of mosque and state.

Speaking on the topic of “Reflections and Suggestions” will be former Oklahoma State Representative, Reverend Jeff Hamilton, who is associate pastor at First Christian Church ( and President, Interfaith Alliance, Oklahoma City Chapter. (

Keynote speaker in the afternoon will be Sandhya Bathija, Communications Associate from the Washington, DC office of Americans United ( She will be discussing current church/state issues from the national point of view.

The Spring Dialogue morning session will begin at 10:00am. Lunch will be served at 12:15 with the afternoon session starting at 1:00 and ending at 3:00pm.

There will be a registration fee of $15 that includes a box lunch The public is invited to participate.

For more information about the Oklahoma City Chapter of Americans for Separation of Church and State or if you would like to attend the Spring Dialogue event, please contact Mike Fuller at 405-570-3244 or Nick Singer at 405-416-3126.

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