CCC’s Ales & Ideas presents Imperiled: Church/State Separation in America

Clatsop Community College and the Fort George Brewery announce the November program of the 2017-2018 Ales & Ideas educational lecture series. Thursday, November 2nd at 7pm Clatsop Community College Geology Instructor Ed Joyce, PhD will moderate a panel discussion entitled Imperiled: Church/State Separation in America.  Speakers include CCC’s Seth Tichenor, Instructor of Philosophy & Religion along with the Reverend Kit Ketchum of Pacific Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Pastor Bill Van Nostran, of the First Presbyterian Church of Astoria. The free event takes place at the Fort George Lovell Showroom on Astoria’s 14th & Duane St.  Doors open at 6pm.  Come early to visit with members of Indivisible North Coast. Seasonal ales and pub food available for sale, but no purchase is necessary. Minors are welcome. 

Moderator Ed Joyce writes, “Implicit in our understanding of our First Amendment right of religious freedom is the idea of separation of church and state. 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 which provide public funding to private religious entities, and clergy who endorse political candidates from the pulpit.


Ed Joyce is Adjunct Instructor of Geology and Oceanography at CCC. He has a Ph.D. in Oceanography from Texas A&M University and a B.S. in Geology from the University of Iowa. Before moving to Astoria over two years ago Ed was the President of the Philadelphia Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church & State. Ed continues his work with Americans United in conjunction with the Portland chapter of AU.


Image Attachments: Separation of Church & State meme, courtesy of American Humanist Association.

Ed Joyce, PhD courtesy of Clatsop Community College 


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