Barry LynnRev. Barry Lynn is a ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, a lawyer, and Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
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I challenge our country to rise above this crude and dangerous form of demagoguery.
By Barry Lynn | Mar 11, 2011 1:53 PM | COMMENTS (0)
I don’t believe the ‘values’ crowd will expand its horizons anytime soon.
By Barry Lynn | Mar 30, 2011 10:18 AM | COMMENTS (0)
Ironically, Christian fundamentalists and Muslim fundamentalists have much in common: blind adherence to ancient texts, opposition to secular government and an insistence that they have the right to run the lives of others
By Barry Lynn | Apr 8, 2011 10:47 AM | COMMENTS (0)
Some religious teaching specifically relegates women to a lower position in the divine creation.
By Barry Lynn | Apr 14, 2011 8:17 PM | COMMENTS (0)
Symbols and rituals can be extraordinarily powerful.
By Barry Lynn | Apr 20, 2011 2:49 PM | COMMENTS (0)
One of the reasons that England has so many secularists is that it has an official “established” church, that is, the Church of England.
By Barry Lynn | Apr 26, 2011 10:54 AM | COMMENTS (0)
For those of us who are not biblical literalists, no “proof text” exists for how American Christians should react to the death of Osama Bin Laden.
By Barry Lynn | May 4, 2011 5:57 PM | COMMENTS (0)
Religion and science need not be enemies.
By Barry Lynn | May 18, 2011 10:58 AM | COMMENTS (0)
We should all be willing to accept some degree of humor directed at our deepest beliefs.
By Barry Lynn | Jun 15, 2011 2:35 PM | COMMENTS (0)
Churches that don’t want to obey non-discrimination rules are free to stop participating in publicly funded adoption programs.
By Barry Lynn | Jun 22, 2011 9:47 AM | COMMENTS (0)
The Catholic bishops have the right to determine which public figures they will host in churches, but I think they run the risk of a pushback from their own members if they go too far with this.
By Barry Lynn | Jun 30, 2011 7:04 AM | COMMENTS (0)
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has no business sponsoring a prayer service. His job is to run the state, not act as an evangelist.
By Barry Lynn | Jul 13, 2011 1:58 PM | COMMENTS (0)
Let’s say you had a candidate who was skeptical of some portions of the Bible. Would you vote for that person?
By Barry Lynn | Jul 21, 2011 1:23 PM | COMMENTS (0)
It useless to pretend that some people don’t claim the mantle of Christianity to do wicked things.
By Barry Lynn | Jul 27, 2011 3:22 PM | COMMENTS (0)
With all GOP candidates claiming God wants them to run for the presidency, are they getting their signals mixed?
By Barry Lynn | Aug 19, 2011 2:43 PM | COMMENTS (0)
If 55 percent of Americans believed the South won Civil War would it be true?
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Call me agnostic on whether there should be a “secularist” university. However, count me wildly positive that the values of secularism be a component of all education.
By Barry Lynn | Aug 31, 2011 2:01 PM | COMMENTS (0)
Bachmann frets that bad weather is a sign of God’s displeasure while Mitt Romney’s Mormonism continues to make cameo appearances. Gov. Perry felt compelled to sponsor a day-long prayer rally in Houston and then give us his personal testimony at Liberty University.
By Barry Lynn | Sep 23, 2011 11:24 AM | COMMENTS (0)
From my study, I’d guess that Jesus wouldn’t be shouting out at debates that if people needed health care but didn’t buy it privately, we should just “let them die.”
By Barry Lynn | Sep 28, 2011 8:13 PM | COMMENTS (0)
Using religious resolutions for displays of false piety, to fire a salvo at political opponents or to foster another “culture war” doesn’t come “dangerously close” to sacrilege. It is sacrilege.
By Barry W. Lynn | Nov 2, 2011 2:09 PM | COMMENTS (0)
I am wary of too much government-sponsored religion on this anniversary because it is implies that there is only one proper way to grieve.
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