Activist to discuss separation of church and state Nov. 7

Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, will give a lecture on Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. in the Student Services Building auditorium (Room 110) at Washington State University Vancouver. Admission to this lecture is free and open to the public.

Lynn has served as executive director of Americans United since 1992. In addition to his work as a long-time activist and lawyer in the civil liberties field, he is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He has appeared frequently on television and radio broadcasts to offer analysis of First Amendment issues. News programs on which Lynn has appeared include PBS’s “NewsHour,” NBC’s “Today Show,” Fox News Channel’s “O’Reilly Factor,” ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “Nightline,” CNN’s “Larry King Live” and “Crossfire,” CBS’s “60 Minutes,” MSNBC’s “Buchanan & Press” and the national nightly news on NBC, ABC and CBS.

In 1995, Lynn co-authored “The Right to Religious Liberty: The Basic ACLU Guide to Religious Rights.” He writes frequently on religious liberty issues, and has had essays published in outlets such as USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Nation. Lynn also has op-eds published frequently by the Knight-Ridder and Scripps-Howard newspaper chains.

Americans United for Separation of Church and State was founded in 1947 by a broad coalition of religious, educational and civic leaders. The leaders of Americans United wanted a group with a nationwide focus that would be active ensuring separation of church and state as well as an individual’s freedom of conscience. Through the years, many members of the clergy have been involved in the work of Americans United. However, Americans United is officially a non-sectarian and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit

The WSU Vancouver lecture is sponsored by the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University Pullman and the Clark County chapter of Americans United.

WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205. Parking rules are enforced Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Parking is available at parking meters, or in the blue lot for $2.