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This week on the God Discussion Show:  Church and State, with Lauren Youngblood and Al Stefanelli

This week on the God Discussion Show: Church and State, with Lauren Youngblood and Al Stefanelli

Lauren Anderson YoungbloodLauren Anderson Youngblood, Communications Manager of the Secular Coalition for America, and journalist and author Al Stefanelli, are our guests for the God Discussion show this week.  The show will be a mix of pre-recorded and live segments, with our interview with Lauren in the first hour, followed by a call-in segment, and then a pre-recorded discussion with Al Stefanelli.  Al co-hosted the segment with Lauren.

On March 23, 2012 — the day before the Reason Rally — the Secular Coalition organized a lobby day where hundreds of secularists met with members of Congress at the nation's capital.  Lauren shares the highlights of that event, and also gives insight about the selection of Edwina Rogers as the Secular Coalition for America's new executive director.  Edwina is a seasoned Republican lobbyist who had contributed campaign donations to the Rick Perry presidential campaign, igniting a firestorm of controversy in the freethought community.  In the pre-recorded segment, Lauren offers her insight about the selection and why atheists and secularists need not be worried.

The Secular Coalition for America is the most powerful lobbyist organization in Washington D.C. that represents secular interests.  Its 11 member organizations include: American Atheists; The American Ethical Union; American Humanist Association; Atheist Alliance of America;  Camp Quest; The Council for Secular Humanism; HUUmanists, the Association of Unitarian Universalist Humanists; The Institute for Humanist Studies; Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers; The Secular Student Alliance; and The Society for Humanistic Judaism.

Show Time:  Thursday night, April 19, 2012, 6  Pacific / 7 Mountain / 8 Central / 9 Eastern / GMT=Friday, April 20 @ 2 AM

Call-In Number:  914-338-0452 (there is also a SKYPE button that you can click when the show is live to join the discussion)

To hear the show live and participate in the web-based chat room:  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/god-discussion/2012/05/11/lauren-anderson-youngblood-secular-coalition

More info about time zones, the chat room, archive downloads and hosts:  The God Discussion Show

Lauren Anderson Youngblood joined the Secular Coalition in 2011, bringing with her several years experience in journalism, marketing writing and web editing. A New York native, Lauren studied Journalism and Political Science at Howard University, and Middle Eastern history at Tel Aviv University in Israel. As a journalist her work has appeared in various publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and Congressional Quarterly. Most recently, Lauren served as the lead editor for Fastweb and MonsterCollege.com, and in her spare time directed communications and public relations for several non-profit civic organizations.

Al StefanelliAl Stefanelli is a retired journalist and the author of A Voice Of Reason In An Unreasonable World – The Rise Of Atheism On Planet Earth.  His latest book is Free Thoughts – A Collection Of Essays By An American Atheist, which is a collection of 60 of his most popular and requested articles appearing in magazines, newspapers and the Internet.  He began writing in 1985, starting with the New York Times. In 1993 he joined a McClatchy newspaper, writing a weekly column for ten years. His writing continues to be widely distributed on the Internet and in print. Al also produced and hosted a weekly syndicated radio broadcast for three years and was the founder and President of the former United Atheist Front, Inc., which functioned as a civil rights organization.  Al is a prolific writer whose work appears on numerous websites; the latest being Freethought Blogs.

Al is also a former Southern Baptist Pastor, having served two churches and as pulpit supply for three counties. He currently volunteers some of his time as the Georgia State Director for American Atheists, Inc.

To hear the show live, visit BlogTalk Radio.  It will play out of your computer speakers.  After the segment with Lauren, we will take live calls via telephone (914-338-0452) or Skype (a button appearing on the show page will connect you with the host).  The chat room will be open during the entire segment. To participate in the web-based chat room, you'll need to get a free username from BlogTalk Radio.  Archives are available via iTunes and BlogTalk Radio. Just scroll to the bottom of this or any other page on GodDiscussion.com and and click the BlogTalk widget.

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