State Rep. Al McAffrey of MidTown Oklahoma City will be a featured speaker on Saturday, June 11, for the Oklahoma City Chapter of Americans United for Separation for Church & State. The group has included McAffrey in a list of speakers for its annual Spring Dialogue.
The event, free and open to the public, will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the State Senate Chamber, Oklahoma State Capitol, N.E. 23rd and Lincoln and will conclude at 11:30am.
The Americans United Group said, in a release sent to The City Sentinel, the event is for “Interested citizens who support or want to know more about the importance of the First Amendment and the wall of separation between religious dogma and civil laws. … A question and answer period will be held.”
The program will include three community leaders who will discuss important aspects of First Amendment issues commonly making headlines in the daily news. Rep. McAffrey, a Democrat from House District 88, will discuss religious separation issues from a legislative point-of-view.
Professor Martha Skeeter from the University of Oklahoma Department of Women’s and Gender Studies will look at what are deemed “the religious roadblocks created to interfere with women’s health freedoms.” Scott Hamilton, Executive Director of Cimarron Alliance, a leadership organization working in the social justice arena and for the Oklahoma’s GLBT community will discuss recognition of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights.
Access to the Senate Chamber will be through the west security entrance of the State Capitol. Ample free parking and handicapped facilities will be available.
Americans United is described in its literature as “a religious liberty watchdog group based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1947; the organization educates Americans about the importance of church-state separation in safeguarding religious freedom. For more information about the Oklahoma City Chapter of Americans for Separation of Church & State please visit http://www.okau.org/ or contact Mike Fuller at 405-570-3244 or James Nimmo at 405-843-3651.