Title of Presentation: The Secular Moment: Challenges Ahead for Church-State Separation
Date & Time: Friday, May 31 9:00 am
Location: Mission Bay E
Presentation Summary: Lately there has been much talk about the increasing secularization of America. Is this a real trend? What does it mean for church-state separation? Have we finally vanquished the Religious Right? Rob Boston of Americans United for Separation of Church and State will discuss these topics and more during this talk.
Biography: Rob Boston is senior policy analyst for Americans United for Separation of Church and State (AU) and the assistant editor of AU’s monthly magazine Church & State. He is recognized as a leading writer and researcher on church-state topics and an articulate advocate for the separation of church and state. He frequently writes about the political goals of the Religious Right and other church-state issues, such as religion in public schools, tax aid to sectarian education and religious freedom. He covers the U.S. Supreme Court for Church & State and has attended oral arguments in every church-state case at the high court since 1988.
Boston is the author of three books: Close Encounters with the Religious Right: Journeys into the Twilight Zone of Religion and Politics (Prometheus Books, 2000); The Most Dangerous Man in America? Pat Robertson and the Rise of the Christian Coalition (Prometheus Books, 1996) and Why the Religious Right Is Wrong About Separation of Church and State (Prometheus Books, 1993; second edition, 2003).