Wednesday, July 23, 2014
OK Chapter to feature National AU Communications Director
Rob Boston at “Taking Liberties” Annual Meeting
Contact: John Loghry, President, 405-651-5605
James Nimmo, Communications Chair, 405-843-3651
Rob Boston, National AU Communications Director, 202-466-3234
What: 2014 OKAU Annual Meeting – “Taking Liberties” with keynote speaker National AU Communications Director, Rob Boston
When: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7 – 9 p.m.
Where: Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa, Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Who: OKC Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church & State
(OKLAHOMA CITY) The 2014 Annual Membership meeting of the Oklahoma City chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church & State will be held on Wednesday, September 17, featuring National Americans United Communications Director, Rob Boston.
In his new book, Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You the Right to Tell Other People What to Do, Boston says, “it’s time to restore the real meaning of religious freedom: It means you get to make decisions for yourself, not anyone else.”
Covering issues like same-sex marriage, access to contraceptives, religion in public education and censorship, Taking Liberties is a much-needed broadside against the Religious Right's reckless attempt to meddle in our personal lives.
Posted by Jim N at 12:54 PM
Monday, July 21, 2014
|Photo courtesy of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mustang_horse|
Religious Education or Proselyting?
I'm sure many of you have been following the rise of Hobby Lobby and its owners, the Green family. The recent Supreme Court decision that allows corporations to discriminate against women based on the religious viewpoints of the owners has made and will continue to make headlines for at least a generation.
In addition to its corporate actions, the Green family is also moving into the public schools with plans for bible classes to teach as they say, the history of the bible.
There are many people who see this plan as a smokescreen for advancing a particular religious viewpoint rather than teaching a generalized history of religion.
The Mustang public school system adopted a bible class developed by the Green Family Scholars into its curriculum this year.
This adoption has been approved under some doubt as to whether the school board met legally in accordance with Oklahoma's open meeting law.
Jim Huff, one of the co-founders of the OKC chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church & State (okau.org, au.org), has a well-developed radar for spotting shady deals that threaten the respect for religion in a public tax-payer supported school that must accommodate a variety of religious backgrounds.
Mr Huff will be presenting a public discussion this coming Tuesday, July 22, 6:00 pm at the Mustang Public Library that will investigate.what is legal and illegal regarding the teaching of religion in public schools.
With his life-long study of religious history from around the world Mr. Huff's presentation will answer many of the questions you might have as well as opening new threads of conversation about the always hot topic of religious observance in America.
These links will give additional information about the developing controversy in Mustang, Oklahoma.
Article in the Mustang Times newspaper:
Did the Mustang School Board meet outside the legal guidelines of the Oklahoma Open Meeting Law:
clip "...when the Mustang school board made 220 pages of the book public, church-state experts suggested that its claims and assumptions amounted to teaching the Bible from a particular religious perspective, which the Supreme Court has banned in public schools."
Directions to Mustang Public Library:map link--- http://tinyurl.com/lan4syj
Posted by Jim N at 12:15 PM