BRADENTON -- Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and a frequent guest on the "PBS News Hour," "Today Show," "Nightline," "Rachel Maddow Show" and "60 Minutes" will speak at the Congregational United Church of Christ at 3 p.m. Saturday as part of the "One People -- Many Voices" Important Speakers Series.
Lynn's appearance in Bradenton is timely considering the religious freedom legislation pending in several states. Recently, for example, the Arizona Legislature passed, and their governor vetoed a bill that attempted to legalize discrimination against people who are gay on the basis of protecting religious liberties.
Lynn is a long-time civil liberties activist and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and Americans United, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to the preservation of the Constitution's religious liberty provisions.
Senior Pastor Bob Sichta said: "I've never thought of inclusiveness as a progressive thing. I've only always thought of it as a normal thing. In Rev. Lynn, we have the chance to hear one of the nation's foremost authorities on social issues that impact us all, and we owe it to ourselves and our grandchildren to better understand what those issues are all about...particularly as a people who are finally showing healthier signs of embracing our diversity."
The Congregational United Church of Christ is in West Bradenton at 3700 26th St. W., one traffic signal north of Cortez Road. The public is invited to the free event.