Barry Lynn

Rev. 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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The King hearings: dangerous for America

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)

Values at ‘Camp Christian’

I don’t believe the ‘values’ crowd will expand its horizons anytime soon.

By Barry Lynn  | Mar 30, 2011 10:18 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Terry Jones fiasco: plenty of blame to go around

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)

Religion responsible for curse of gender discrimination

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)

Religious symbols belong to their communities

Symbols and rituals can be extraordinarily powerful.

By Barry Lynn  | Apr 20, 2011 2:49 PM  | COMMENTS (0)

Church and state in England: it’s a bad marriage

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)

We hope we won’t be condemned by God

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)

Refuse to choose between religion and science

Religion and science need not be enemies.

By Barry Lynn  | May 18, 2011 10:58 AM  | COMMENTS (0)

Faith and fun can coexist

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 take state funds must play by the rules on gay marriage

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)

Squelching debate isn’t helpful

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)

Gov. Perry should focus on governance, not godliness

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)

Thomas Jefferson’s faith: a thought experiment

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)

False faith: Beware the corrupters of Christianity

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)

The role religion should play in Republican politics

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)

Scientific facts on evolution not subject to popular vote

If 55 percent of Americans believed the South won Civil War would it be true?

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Why we need secularism

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)

How candidates manipulate religion

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)

Jesus to poor: Just die?

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)

Why affirm ‘In God we trust’?

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)

Heartfelt expression: yes; Government-endorsed prayer: no

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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