TAMPA BAY Public Lecture
“Is America a Christian Nation?”
What were the motivations of the founders who created the Constitution? What statements did they make, and what actions did they take to insure that religion would be free from government interference, and vice versa? What are some of the legal precedents? Was the US ever a Christian nation? Should it be?
Produced by Center for Inquiry-Tampa Bay, an educational and charitable 501(c)(3) corporation
Co-hosted by the ACLU and Unitarian Universalists Congregation of Clearwater
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7:00–9:00pm
UU Clearwater in The Octagon
2470 Nursery Road
Clearwater, FL 33764
Hosted by CFI–Tampa Bay
CFI Board Chair Edward Tabash:
Edward Tabash is a Constitutional Lawyer and Chair of the National Legal Committee for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, as well as the Honorary Chair of the Center for Inquiry West, and Chair of the First Amendment Task Force of the Council for Secular Humanism. He is chair of the Board of Directors for the Center for Inquiry and serves on the board for the Council for Secular Humanism. He has filed amicus briefs arguing for the preservation of the separation of church and state with the United States Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court.
Mr. Tabash graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. from UCLA in 1973 and earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 1976.
Mr. Tabash has participated in debates with many prominent religious spokesmen, including Richard Swinburne, William Lane Craig and Peter Van Inwaagen. The son of an Auschwitz survivor and an Orthodox Rabbi, Tabash is able to draw on his family background to emphasize his ethical, nonreligious position on the topics he debates. Edward Tabash believes that the general public must be exposed to arguments against the existence of any supernatural being, any God or gods. Mr. Tabash maintains that an intellectually mature society must be able to handle arguments against even the most treasured and revered belief systems.