Film: “American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel” – Thu, Jan 16, 7 pm

At what other point in our history has the line between church and state become so tangled and polarizing? American Heretics: The Politics of the Gospel is a new documentary that challenges what we think we know about the Christian heartland by offering a rare personal glimpse into the contentious and often misunderstood history of religion, race, and politics in America.

On Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 7 pm, come to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta at 3501 Walton Way Ext, Augusta, GA 30909 for a screening and discussion of this important documentary. Admission is free.

For more information, visit

https://www.americanhereticsthefilm.com/
https://www.facebook.com/americanhereticsfilm/
https://twitter.com/usaheretics

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Dissolution of Atlanta Chapter & Transition to Network

The Georgia Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, based in Atlanta, has dissolved. Currently, the only chapter in Georgia and South Carolina with regular board meetings is in Augusta, Georgia. It is the Central Savannah River Chapter.

Ayman Fadel is currently that chapter’s president. We’ve purchased another 6 months of meetup.com to communicate to members of this group information about continuing to support and advance the mission of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, namely upholding the Establishment Clause of the US Constitution and the similar clause of the Georgia Constitution. Continue reading “Dissolution of Atlanta Chapter & Transition to Network”

Resources to Learn about #SCOTUS Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision

Continue reading “Resources to Learn about #SCOTUS Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision”

Jul 10, 6 pm – Does the Recent Supreme Court Decision in Masterpiece Allow Businesses to Deny Service Based on Religion?

 Protesters gather in front of the Supreme Court on the day the court is to hear the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in December 2017. Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/Sipa via AP Images
Protesters gather in front of the Supreme Court on the day the court is to hear the case Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in December 2017. Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/Sipa via AP Images

Charlie Craig and David Mullins were planning their wedding reception and went to Masterpiece Cakeshop to order their wedding cake. The bakery turned them away, using religion as as the justification to refuse to serve the couple. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Colorado Court of Appeals determined the bakery violated a state civil-rights law when it turned the couple away. In the June 2018 decision, the Supreme Court held that the commission’s decision-making process was biased. 

On Tuesday, July 10, at 6 pm, in the basement of the Evans Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd, Evans, GA, we’re going to listen to an expert discussion of the case & then discuss its implications and strategies for mitigation.

If you have experienced a denial of service based on religious belief and you are willing to share your experience in a public event, contact Ayman Fadel at (706) 284-3002 to participate in the program.

For information on the Masterpiece case & decision, visit the page Americans United for Separation of Church and State has created.

Apr 23, 6 pm – God & Governing: How Texas legislators’ religious beliefs guide their lawmaking

The God & Governing project emerged during the 2015 session of the Texas Legislature, as it became evident that discussions of God and faith were underscoring a greater share of political discourse — and disagreement — than in the recent past. The Texas Tribune invited lawmakers to discuss how faith influenced their public policy decisions.

Join us to watch and then discuss.

Free and open to the public

Monday, April 23, 6 pm, basement, Evans Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd, Evans, GA

Facebook Event

 Image from Richard Ash on Flickr
Image from Richard Ash on Flickr

The Ten Commandments: An American Historical Document?, Mon, Mar 26, 6 pm

Both the Columbia and Richmond County Courthouses have “Historical Document Displays” which include The Ten Commandments. We’ll listen to a Pew Forum recording of nationally-known lawyers Douglas Laycock and Jay Sekulow make the case for both the legality and illegality of such displays and then have a moderated discussion. Douglas Laycock is the Associate Dean for Research and Alice McKean Young Regents Chair at the University of Texas School of Law. Jay Sekulow is Chief Counsel of the American Center for Law & Justice.

Free and open to the public

Monday, March 26, 6 pm, basement, Evans Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd, Evans, GA

Facebook Event

Background information:

“Historical” Documents Display in Ruffin Courthouse, Richmond County, Georgia, December 2017

Talking Points Against Legislation Which Permits Public University-Funded Student Groups to Discriminate

Georgia (HB 471 and SB 339) and South Carolina (H 4440 and SB 221) are both considering legislation which would permit public university-funded student groups to discriminate.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has produced a document of talking points to help you advocate against the passage of such legislation.