Americans United For Separation of Church and State (AU) is a nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans. Americans United represents over 70,000 individual members and 5,000 churches and other houses of worship nationwide.
OK Americans United 2nd Annual Hot Button Debate – Teaching Intelligent Design
What: OKC Chapter of Americans United 2nd Annual Hot-Button Debate -
“Intelligent Design should be taught in public school science classrooms".
When:Thursday, March 15, 2012, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where:Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S. May, OKC, OK
Parking Area "D" - Entrance "CU1", Rooms CU2 and CU3
Who:OKC Chapter of Americans United for Church & State and the public!
CITY) The Oklahoma City chapter of Americans United for Separation of
Church and State will host its second annual hot-button debate on
Thursday, March 15, 2012, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event debating
the resolution "Intelligent Design should be taught in public school
science classrooms," will be held on the campus of Oklahoma City
Community College (OCCC), 7777 S. May, in Rooms CU2 and CU3.
Nimmo, OK-AU Communications Chair said, "One task of Americans United
is to offer educational opportunities for hot-button issues involving
First Amendment state/church separation. All Americans are free to
exercise their private beliefs with others who share them. However, to
impose those private beliefs, through the power of law or with tax
money, on others who have different beliefs is not in the spirit or the
letter of the First Amendment."
debater Abbie Smith will be voicing opposition to the resolution:
"Intelligent Design should be taught in public school science
Smith is a graduate student studying the molecular and biochemical
evolution of HIV within patients and within populations. She also
studies epigenetic control of endogenous retroviruses (ERV). Smith has a
BS in Biology from Truman State and is currently finishing her Ph.D in
Microbiology and Immunology at Oklahoma University.
in favor of the resolution will be Dr. Steve Kern of Olivet Baptist
Church in Oklahoma City. Dr. Kern was in the opposing position at the
2011 debate where the resolution was whether the United States was
established as a Christian nation. Dr. Kern is married to Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern. For more information visit www. olivetbaptistokc. com.
design parallels, but is not identical to creation science. It is the
view that there is scientific evidence to support the Biblical Genesis
account of the creation of the earth and of life.
Event moderator will be Rev. Jim Shields, board member of the Interfaith Alliance of Oklahoma. This
debate is a free educational public event and all are invited to attend
regardless of religious, political, or scientific viewpoints.
Recommended parking is at Area “D” - Entrance “CU1” - Rooms CU2 and CU3.
United is a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C.
Founded in 1947; the organization educates Americans about the
importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious
For more information about the Oklahoma City Chapter of Americans for Separation of Church and State please visit www.okau.org or contact James Nimmo at 405-843-3651.