The Pre-Election Rally for Separation of Church and State in Denver, Colorado!
What: Pre-election Rally for Separation of Church and State
When: Sunday, September 28, 2008, 3:30-6 p.m.
Where: West steps of the state capitol building
Permit held by: Denver Atheists & Freethinkers (D.A.F.T.)
Goals: To provide individuals and organizations with an opportunity to speak out and show support for a wall of separation between religion and government, and against erosion of our legal rights on this front. To remind the public of some of these issues one month before the elections, at a time when I hope there will be a break in the local hubbub and distractions.
The case where the 10th District Court ruled against Colorado’s ban on tax money going to pay tuition at colleges that discriminate on the basis of religion.
The “personhood” amendment that defines a fertilized egg as a human being, and would make some forms of birth control, in addition to abortion, murder under the law. (On our state ballot for November).
On the national level, the Faith-based Initiatives that give taxpayer money to religious charities, so that they can provide social services instead of government (secular) agencies.
Eternally recurring battles over prayer in school, school vouchers, reproductive freedom, and other issues throughout the nation.
Speakers will include:
Sean Curley (Humanist activist)
Joel Guttormsom (President of Metro State Atheists)
Groff Schroeder (President of Freethinkers of Colorado Springs)
Victor J. Stenger, PhD (College professor and renowned author)
Marvin Straus (Activist, COCORE leader, co-founder of Boulder Atheists)
And… yours truly…
Quite honestly, I’m not sure why I was invited to speak.
The first rule of public speaking is to never let your audience know that you are nervous even if you are nervous. I am going to break that rule and say that I am nervous in advance, but I still intend to deliver a clever speech, if not somewhat charmingly uncreative as the topic I’ve chosen is Intelligent Design/creationism and that has been ruthlessly debunked many times.
But still, if you come you might get to buy me an ice cream cone or something.
Hopefully I might see some of you there!