New event: On June 2 I’ll be speaking at the Annual Religious Liberty Dinner of the Massachusetts Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Two other authors, Rob Boston and Katherine Stewart, will be on the program as well. Both Rob and Katherine are strong advocates for secular government. Rob serves as AU’s communications director and is a leading spokesperson on church-state issues. His latest book, Taking Liberties: Why Religious Freedom Doesn’t Give You the Right To Tell Other People What To Do, is directly relevant to the debates today over whether claims of “religious freedom” should give people the right to ignore laws that offend their religious beliefs. Katherine’s book, The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children, is an excellent, eye-opening overview of how the Religious Right is attacking public education in order to assert a fundamentalist Christian worldview in American society. The book is very well researched and shows that the problem of religion in public schools is far worse than you may have realized.
This will be a fun night, and if you’re in the Boston area I hope you can make it. It’s at the Marriott Copley, 110 Huntington Avenue, Boston. A cash bar reception starts at 5:30, dinner at 6:30, with the program starting at 7:30. Details here.