The Delaware Valley Americans United Chapter (DVAU) is proud to host “A CONVERSATION BETWEEN REPRESENTATIVE MARK COHEN (D-PHILADELPHIA) AND ED JOYCE, PRESIDENT, DVAU: THE RIGHT-WING SHIFT OF THE PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND ITS CHURCH/STATE IMPLICATIONS.” This important event will take place on Thursday January 23rd, 2014, 7pm, at First Unitarian Church, 2125 Chestnut St, Philadelphia PA.
Over the last few years there has been a worrisome shift in the makeup of Pennsylvania elected officials. A rash of bills have been introduced that can only be described as strongly Religious Right including the Year of the Bible, Month of Prayer, In God we Trust, and the Student Religious Liberties Act. Of most concern to me is the proposed Academic Freedom bill which is nothing more than another back door attempt at sneaking creationism into our public schools.
During DVAU’s recent visit to Harrisburg, one representative told Ed Joyce that she was “being bold for Jesus” in her fight to get a religious perspective introduced into our public school science classes. Another told Ed “it was because of groups like Americans United that our country had abortion and promiscuously dressed women.” Another representative shouts the words “Under God” during the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of each legislative session. Divisive comments and actions like these from elected officials should concern all Pennsylvania residents.
Mark Cohen represents the 202nd Legislative District in Philadelphia County and is the Democratic Chairman of the State Government Committee. Representative Cohen is in the unique position of being the most senior member of the PA House of Representatives. Ed Joyce has been the President of the Delaware Valley Americans United Chapter since 2008. The DVAU Chapter is celebrating its 10th year of educating the public about church-state separation. The event is free and open to the public. Join us for an educational, interactive discussion.