Amanda Knief, Managing Director and In-House Counsel for American Atheists, will be speaking about Secular Activism in the upcoming Presidential Elections. Knief is a public policy and constitutional expert on religious freedom and civil liberties. She has worked as a lobbyist with the Secular Coalition for Americaand is co-founder of Iowa Atheists & Freethinkers.
Religion has been an unavoidable issue in politics in recent years and has only grown in the last few months as the Presidential Election closes in. What, if any, importance should be placed on Romney’s Mormonism? Why did Democrats leave God out of their Platform? Why did they put Him back in? What should we make of growing claims to persecution of Christians in the US? The wall of Separation of Church and State is seeming to grow thin. Is there anything secular and non-theistic Americans can do to strengthen it? To make sure they are represented? (more…)