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Monthly Archives: April 2010

It was a full day of events that served to inform and motivate the community to action.

AU thanks the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock for their wonderful hospitality!

Beth Corbin, AU National Field Director, Discusses Ways to Grow an AU Chapter

Rev. Steven Baines, AU Assistant Field Director for Religious Outreach, Discusses Organizing within Faith Communities

Hans Johnson of Progressive Victory Discusses Organizing and Leadership Development

Rev. Barry W. Lynn, AU Executive Director, Discusses the Current State of Church-State Separation in America

Check out the pictures on the Events Page!

On Thursday, April 15th, the US District Court in Madison ruled that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. The lawsuit was brought about by a group of atheists and agnostics – in addition to the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Their simple argument was that such a law violated the separation of church and state.

In her ruling, Judge Barbara Crabb wrote:

It’s sole purpose is to encourage all citizens to engage in prayer, an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular funtion.”

There are reports that the Obama Administration still plans to recognize the National Day of Prayer. Not unsurprisingly, there are calls for the Administration to appeal the decision.

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