Countering Religious Extremism: Australia and Abroad
As part of the "RECLAIMING A SECULAR AUSTRALIA" Tour, UMSS and RSA together present Sean Faircloth, Director of Strategy and Planning for of the Richard Dawkins Foundation
Discussion about the role of religion in society, the growing influence of religious lobby groups, the prospect of rising religious conflict in Australia and other parts of the world.
DATE / TIME: Tuesday March 26th 2013 at 7:00pm
VENUE: "The Spot" (Basement Theatre) 198 Berkeley Street Parkville, Victoria
Sean Faircloth is the author of Attack of the Theocrats! How the Religious Right Harms Us All — and What We Can Do About It (Pitchstone Press, released February 2012). Faircloth, an attorney, served five terms in the Maine Legislature including appointments on the Judiciary and Appropriations Committees. In his final term, Faircloth was elected Majority Whip. In 2009 Faircloth became executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, advocating for separation of church and state, and for greater acceptance of nontheistic viewpoints in American life. In September 2011 he became the Director of Strategy and Policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and was the opening speaker for Dawkins' book tour. Faircloth's first book published by Pitchstone Press, Attack of the Theocrats! How the Religious Right Harms Us All – and What We Can Do About It was released in February 2012.
July 13, 2011 at The Amazing Meeting
Faircloth had the idea for the Maine Discovery Museum in 1996 and led the project from concept to completion in 2001. Maine Discovery Museum was then the second largest children's museum outside Boston in New England.
Faircloth successfully spearheaded over thirty laws, including the so-called Deadbeat Dad child support law which was later incorporated into federal law. Faircloth had numerous legislative successes in children's issues and justice system reform.
Faircloth has spoken around the United States regarding the U.S. Constitution, children's policy, obesity policy, and sex crime law.
– Secular Coalition for America
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