Sunday, October 25, 2009

You won't want to miss our Americans United program Mon., Nov. 2, 7 PM

Dear Members and Friends of Americans United for Separation of Church and State:

Please join us for our next program...

Guest Speaker: Leigh Johnsen, Ph.D.

"Religion, the American Revolution, and the Founding Generation"

Monday, November 2, 7:00 PMSMUD Headquarters Conference Center, 6201 S Street, Sacramento

Q&A following presentation

How often do we hear that America is a Christian nation, that the political system of the United States was founded on Christian principles and that its legal structure today should reflect those origins? This presentation questions that popular assumption. It examines evidence from the colonial and revolutionary years with the goal of understanding better the intentions of the founding generation.

Leigh Johnsen holds a doctorate in early American history from the University of California, Riverside. His dissertation focuses on the interaction between religion and society during the American Revolution. In 2003, he published the personal papers of Isaac Backus, a dissenting clergyman from the Revolutionary era often compared to Thomas Jefferson because of his importance for church-state relations in early America. Johnsen is currently the archivist/librarian of the San Joaquin County Historical Society.

Please invite your friends. Contact me if you have any questions.

Carol Velarde

President, Sacramento Chapter

Americans United...

(916) 684-4730

1 comment:

LotsaLuck said...

I think that Prop 8 should be challenged as a separation of Church and State issue as well as a 14th amendment issue. By using the word "marriage" to describe civil unions, the State is using a word that has both secular and religious meanings.This looks clearly unconstitutional.The only remedy would be to rename the secular "Marriages" "Civil Unions "and ,of course,all civil unions would be entitled to the same "Equal Protection" of the Constitution. Does this argument have merit?