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Church/state separation focus of next Ales & Ideas

Nov. 2 presentation features panel discussion

Published on October 30, 2017 11:07AM

courtesy Clatsop Community College

ASTORIA — Clatsop Community College’s next Ales & Ideas lecture, titled “Imperiled: Church/State Separation in America,” takes place 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Fort George Lovell Showroom at Duane and 14th streets. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Ed Joyce, an adjunct instructor of geology at the college, will moderate a panel discussion. Speakers will include Seth Tichenor, CCC instructor of philosophy and religion, along with the Reverend Kit Ketchum of Pacific Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Pastor Bill Van Nostran of the First Presbyterian Church of Astoria.

Come early to the free event and visit with members of Indivisible North Coast. Seasonal ales and pub food will be available for sale, but no purchase is necessary. Minors are welcome.

“Implicit in our understanding of our First Amendment right of religious freedom is the idea of separation of church and state,” Joyce wrote. “It has been well demonstrated throughout history that both the church and state are more functional and effective when they are kept separate.

“The present administration in Washington is proceeding with legislation that would severely breach the wall of separation between church and state on numerous fronts.”

This timely panel discussion will explore several of the more egregious breaches, including the allowance of school prayer, overt discrimination involving religious liberties, school vouchers that provide public funding to private religious entities, and clergy who endorse political candidates from the pulpit.

Before moving to Astoria more than two years ago, Joyce was president of the Philadelphia Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church & State.


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