Divine Impulses: Barry Lynn

Barry Lynn does not just want to protect the state from religion. He wants to protect religion from the state. … Continued

Barry Lynn does not just want to protect the state from religion. He wants to protect religion from the state.

“Religion flourishes best when governments just leave it alone,” Lynn said to On Faith’s Sally Quinn in the Divine Impulses interview.

»Watch the Lynn, a lawyer, United Church of Christ minister and executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State talk to Sally Quinn about the trouble with the presidential candidate’s overuse of religion and why religious people should be skeptical of faith-based politics.

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Elizabeth Tenety Elizabeth Tenety is the former editor of On Faith, where she produced "Divine Impulses," On Faith’s video interview series. She studied Theology and Government at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A New York native, Elizabeth grew up in the home of Catholic news junkies where, somewhere in between watching the nightly news and participating in parish life, she learned to ponder both the superficial and the sacred.
  • deflag

    WE, the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance, do ordain and establish this Constitution.He doesn’t need to be concerned with Pennsylvania. We don’t need guidance from Barry Lynn. They humbly invoked His guidance long before Barry Lynn decided action needed to be taken to protect religion.”We are going to win this lawsuit because no city or county government has won a case like this in recent memory,” said Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “There is no law supporting keeping this plaque on the building. None.” March 21, 2001 “In a decision that could have major implications for a similar case in Allegheny County, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that a suburban Philadelphia county can keep a Ten Commandments plaque on the facade of its courthouse.”"Obviously, it’s not good news for our side,” said Joe Conn, the spokesman. “We’ll have to read this ruling very closely and see what the court’s reasoning was.” Friday, June 27, 2003They want to know the reasoning. It’s a long story of liberty and there is a will. There is a way and it never changes. We are going to win because love conquers all. We already won and we’ll win again. It’s good news.

  • deflag

    Justice for money, we all know it’s the American Way. The other way is to shoot it out. Sometimes that works better, depending on who gets shot of course.

  • Ben Franklin

    The “wall of separation of church and state” was a note made by Thomas Jefferson in a letter to John Adams. It is nowhere in the Constitution. Instead, what we have is that “No official church sponsored by the Gov’t”. But is also says “no persecution of any church”. So, the gov’t cannot support any official church or religion, but it also cannot prevent the right of Christians (or anybody else) from practicing their brand of religion.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Ben. People start things they can’t finish and are finished and can’t figure out why. It was figured out long ago and it never ends. People can do what they want. It’s a free country and they hate that too.

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