Our Non-Christian Nation - (virtual talk)

  • 7/01/2020 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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  • Our Non-Christian Nation -  (virtual talk)

    Join us online for an American Atheists sponsored talk by Jay Wexler and Geoffrey Blackwell.

    The talk is from 8-9:30 and will be immediately followed by a COR-only Zoom discussion. There are separate registrations for the talk and the after-discussion.

    Register for talk only: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5691422237571001100

    Register for COR after-discussion:
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    Talk: Our Non-Christian Nation: How Atheists, Satanists, Pagans and Others are Demanding Their Rightful Place in Public Life

    Less and less Christian demographically, America is now home to an ever-larger number of people who say they identify with no religion at all.
    These non-Christians have increasingly been demanding their full participation in public life, bringing their arguments all the way to the Supreme Court. The law is on their side, but that doesn't mean that their attempts are not met with suspicion or outright hostility.

    In Our Non-Christian Nation, Jay Wexler travels the country to engage the non-Christians who have called on us to maintain our ideals of inclusivity and diversity.
    With his characteristic sympathy and humor, he introduces us to the Summum and their Seven Aphorisms, a Wiccan priestess who would deck her City Hall with a pagan holiday wreath, and other determined champions of free religious expression.
    As Wexler reminds us, anyone who cares about pluralism, equality, and fairness should support a public square filled with a variety of religious and nonreligious voices. The stakes are nothing short of long-term social peace.

    Our Presenters:
    Jay Wexler is a Professor at the Boston University School of Law, where he has taught church-state law, among other things, since 2001. In addition to many scholarly articles, he has also published six books. Prior to teaching, Wexler worked in the U.S. Justice Department and as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court.

    Geoffrey Blackwell is American Atheists' Litigation Counsel. He responds to reports of possible violations of the separation between religion and government, works with government officials to find mutually acceptable solutions to potential issues, and manages litigation if issues cannot be resolved amicably.