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CURRENT CHURCH-STATE ISSUES by CLIFF FIEDLER
Elections, Christian fundamentalists and the Koch brothers.
When religion is used to harm others.
Disobeying laws and calling it religious liberty.
Hear CLIFF FIEDLER deal with current hot issues involving religious liberty during the 11 am Sunday service August 2, 2015, at Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 374 Hicks Road in Bellevue.
Mr. Fiedler is President of Nashville Chapter Americans United for Separation of Church and State and hosts the radio program, “Church and State Today,” at 3 pm weekly on Radio Free Nashville (103.7 or 107.1).
Topics of concern are: Church Politicking, Defending The Courts, “Faith-Based” Initiatives, Freedom Of Religion, Government-Sponsored Religion, Marriage And Sexuality, Religion In Public Schools, Religious School Vouchers.
As tax-exempt entities, houses of worship may not intervene in partisan politics by endorsing or
opposing candidates. Pulpit-based electioneering not only violates federal law, many believe it
corrupts the true mission of our faith communities.
Defending The Courts
Federal courts are often our last line of defense to protect our constitutional rights. Federal
judges should respect our Constitution and appreciate the important role that church-state
separation has played in safeguarding religious liberty.
The so-called “faith-based” initiative is a euphemism for taxpayer-supported religion. The
initiative funnels taxpayer dollars to religious social service providers without adequate
safeguards to prevent proselytism. In addition, these groups seek to discriminate in hiring based
on religion even though their programs are publicly funded.
Freedom Of Religion
The right to practice your chosen faith is cherished by the American people. A division between
church and state ensures this right by freeing religion from obtrusive government interference.
Government must show a compelling interest before restricting religious exercise.
The Constitution bars government from meddling in religion. Government should be neutral on
theological matters and not seek to sponsor, promote or further faith.
Marriage And Sexuality
Religious groups take widely varying stands on issues such as marriage and human sexuality. It
is imperative that the government respect American diversity by not imposing one tradition’s
narrow view of marriage and sexuality on the entire country.
Religion In Public Schools
Public schools serve children from a variety of religious and philosophical backgrounds. The
classroom is an inappropriate place for school-sponsored worship. School officials should not
prescribe prayers or TEACH religious doctrines, such as creationism, in the classroom. (This
does not eliminate discussion about any subjects.)
Religious School Vouchers
Americans have the right to support only the religious groups of their choosing. Vouchers and
other forms of government aid to religious schools usurp this privilege by forcing all taxpayers
to subsidize indoctrination. Religious organizations are free to sponsor schools, but they should
be responsible for their upkeep.
INDIVIDUAL DATES & TIMES*
Additional time info:
There is a small discussion group at 9:30 and a buffet lunch at about 12:15, which is free to visitors. This is a creedless denomination which welcomes all. Sunday school and child care. The name of the secondary sponsor is AMERICANS United for Separation of Church and State, but Now Playing Nashville does not offer that as a selection.
374 Hicks Road, Nashville, TN 37221