Join us for our monthly South Jersey lunch, please RSVP!
Sakura Spring, 1871 Marlton Pike East, Cherry Hill, NJ
Meet with DVAU members for lunch on the third Tuesday each month at 12 noon at Sakura Spring in Cherry Hill NJ! Join our daytime discussion group in South Jersey, led by longtime DVAU member Marion Steininger. Sakura Spring Asian Cuisine is on Route 70 East. Heading east from 295, it’s just past the old Syms store in the very next little shopping area – the very next entry. http://www.sakuraspring.com/
The Cherry Hill lunchtime discussion group meets from 12 noon to 2:00pm. Meeting attendees are not obligated to buy lunch, but you may want to, as lunch specials are between $8-$10 for Chinese food and $13-$15 for sushi, and the food is delicious. RSVPs are preferred but not required; email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put in touch with Marion and the group.
Discussion topics range from issues covered in Americans United’s Church & State Magazine, to news stories in the local media, and more. We occasionally have a speaker who gives a talk during the lunch.
You can RSVP and get more details on DVAU’s Meetup group, http://www.meetup.com/churchandstate-48/
The monthly South Jersey lunches are also listed on DVAU’s Facebook Events tab: https://www.facebook.com/delvalau/events
**At our June 16, 2015 meeting, the guest speaker is Perry Dane.
Topics in his talk: -The distinctive American character of our church/state separation
– The importance of both secular and religious arguments to the ‘separation’ perspective
– The history of AU
Perry Dane is a Professor at the Rutgers University Law School in Camden.
“The Law, History, and Theology of Strict Separationism.”
Rutgers School of Law
Delaware Valley Americans United
June 16, 2015
Most Western countries, however much they respect individual religious liberty, do not require an American-style separation of church and state. Some have official churches, and most provide financial support to religious schools and other institutions.
The special American attitude to the relation of church and state is rooted in our nation’s unique history. It was also influenced, ironically enough, by religious ideas – an American theology that tried to protect the “garden” of the church from the “wilderness” of state entanglement.
In some times and places, American separationism has also been influenced by hostility to religion or to specific religions. One of the less savory examples hits close to home in the American United organization itself, whose original name was Protestants and Other Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, and which – embarrassingly – once promoted a strongly anti-Catholic attitude and agenda.