WEST WINDSOR – A social activist will deliver a message emphasizing the importance of keeping government and religion separate as part of the Mercer County Community College Distinguished Lecture Series on Feb. 3.
“Why Should I Care About the Separation Between Church and State?” will be the subject of a lecture by Janice Rael, founder and president of the Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 3 in the Communications Building, Room 109, on the MCCC West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The lecture is free and open to the public.
As part of her presentation, Rael will lead a discussion on how a multitude of issues can be resolved by protecting Thomas Jefferson's “Wall of Separation” between religion and government. Rael will show how such issues as women's healthcare, LGBT equality, science education, defending public schools, and challenging politicians who ignore the U.S. Constitution all fall under the church-state separation umbrella, and will explain how these issues have an impact on every American citizen, why it should matter, and how everyone can get involved.
Rael is a grassroots activist who has focused on various church-state separation issues throughout the years, including religious freedom, women’s rights, LGBT equality, supporting public education, and promoting science literacy. In addition to running the Delaware Valley Americans United Chapter, Janice is a co-organizer of Camden County Humanists in New Jersey, and recently completed a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Humanist Network.
For more information on MCCC’s Distinguished Lecture Series, call (609) 570-3324 or visit www.mccc.edu/events.
Janice Rael, founder and president of the Delaware Valley Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, will deliver the Distinguished Lecture at Mercer County Community College on Feb. 3.