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The Next Supreme Court: How Big Will It Be And Why You Should Care!
The Reverend Barry W. Lynn is the executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State based in Washington, D.C. He is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ as well as an attorney. Lynn appears frequently on TV, radio and in the press as a defender of religious liberty. His organization publishes the award-winning Church & State magazine and is involved in nearly every major lawsuit concerning the religion clauses of the First Amendment. He has said: “The largest threats [to religious liberty] as I see them today can be placed into two broad categories: threats to religious minorities and non-believers, and efforts to radically redefine religious liberty.”
Welcome to the web site of Nashville Chapter Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The chapter was initiated by a chapter formation committee in May of 2001. We expect to be a watchdog for any violations of religious liberty in Tennessee and especially Middle Tennessee.
Article VI of the United States Constitution states that there shall be no religious test for public office. The First Amendment says, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." We believe that every citizen, no matter of what religion (or of no religion), must be equal before the law.
Basic to our American heritage is the concept that religious groups must be independent and not reliant upon government. Citizens must not be taxed for religion. It is not the purpose of government to promote any religion or group of religions, nor may government favor religion over disbelief.
Therefore we have deep concerns over the current attempts to destroy separation of church and state and claim it does not exist. Among the many violations are the "charitable choice" provisions of "faith-based initiatives," attempts to funnel tax monies to religious schools, government- sponsored or government-organized prayers (as opposed to individual, personal prayers), posting of religious mottos in public buildings, teaching "creationism" as if it were science, censorship of literature and arts, legislation which imposes the beliefs of one religion on all citizens - and many more.
Step 1: Send us your e-mail address so you can be added to the Tennessee list.
Step 2: Submit your check for membership ($25 or more) to:
PO Box 210005
Nashville TN 37221
Step 3: Tell us what you can do to help.