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Fighting Back & Winning in Tough Times

Success Stories From Law, Science And Religion In Complicated Times

A presentation by Robin Radner, Attorney at Law

Date: Sunday, November 5

Time: 10:00 - 11:30am

Location: Congregation B'nai Torah

Cost: Free for CBT members, $5 for non-members

Registration: None - just show up !

Contact: Jane Golder ([email protected])

About Robin Radner

Synopsis:

No one could argue that these aren’t challenging times. Whatever our political affiliation, religious beliefs, financial situation, ethnic background or general philosophy of life, we are all trying to make sense of where we are, how we got here, and what might lie ahead. These are seminal, existential questions. But what are some more practical, down-to-earth questions? And how about some answers that don’t make us want to throw our hands up in defeat?

Robin Radner researches, speaks and writes about the Constitution and religion, separation of religion and state, and society’s messy, crowded intersections where law, science and religion meet. Sometimes the reports seem dire and difficult to hear. But there is good news. There is progress. Reactionary movements have been with us for as long as we have existed, but the hard work of making our lives, communities, countries and planet better continues. What developments in the intersecting realms of law, science and religion offer hope that we can make a difference?

Join Robin for a discussion of recent legal victories, legislation, science advocacy efforts, and positive outreach across faith traditions that all point in hopeful directions. In addition to describing some of these success stories, I will talk about resources, organizations, and events that might be of interest whether you are looking for ways to be more involved or simply more informed so that you can cut through some of the noise. Together we will explore ways in which we can all feel empowered to take action and believe that our actions make a difference both locally and globally.

About Robin Radner

Robin M. Radner is a lawyer, analyst, and speaker specializing in religion and state in America. She has studied and written about the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses of the First Amendment for thirty years. For Robin, this isn’t just a remote, clinical, legal exercise. Because of her diverse religious background, freedom to believe or not to believe is an intensely personal issue. Her passion for protecting this freedom through separation of religion and state is based on her own experiences, the struggles of others throughout our history, as well as a commitment to the law itself.

Robin M. Radner received her law degree from the University Of Buffalo School Of Law where she was heavily influenced by its strong tradition of preparing lawyers for service in the public interest. At Buffalo she did intensive study in public education law, the First Amendment religion clauses, and the nexus between religion and schools. After law school she represented school districts and administrators in litigation and policy matters. She then worked as a trial attorney on behalf of local Departments of Social Services in child abuse and neglect proceedings, and juvenile probation hearings. She has extensive trial, appellate, and public-speaking experience.

Since 2011 she has been working exclusively as an advocate of separation of religion and state through writing, lectures, and ongoing research and analysis of historical and current events relating to the First Amendment Religion Clauses. She studies the impact of religion on public policy in areas including science, technology, the environment, education, health care and the economy, and created her blog Legalfeet to be a unique source of information and commentary on law, science and religion. She has spoken to legal groups, community organizations, and participated in discussion series. Her mission is to educate people on this crucial aspect of our democracy by providing them with the basic tools for understanding and appreciating the absolute necessity of maintaining separation of religion and state in order to protect freedom of belief for everyone and preserve our democratic form of government.