(PRWEB) October 13, 2004
Oldspeak writer Dave McNair conducts exclusive interview with the Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, a religious liberty watchdog group that works to ensure there is no promotion of religion by government or government officials. While Lynn has been one of the InstituteÂs strongest and most vocal opponents on the issue of separation of church and state, in the spirit of a free exchange of ideas, OldSpeak offers up this revealing interview in which Lynn explains why he thinks America is in danger of becoming a theocracy, characterizes his dispute with religious conservatives as a Âcultural war for the soul of America,Â and responds to the charge that he and Americans United are really out to censor religious expression by removing God from public life.
Since becoming executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State in 1992, Lynn has been a frequent guest on television and radio talk shows for his controversial views on church-state issues. Lynn is also a weekly commentator on church-state issues for UPI Radio and served for two years as regular co-host of ÂPat Buchanan and Company.Â Before becoming executive director of Americans United, Lynn held a variety of positions related to religious liberty concerns. From 1984 to 1991, he was legislative counsel for the Washington office of the American Civil Liberties Union, where he frequently worked on church-state issues. From 1974 to 1980, Lynn served in a variety of positions with the national offices of the United Church of Christ, including a two-year stint as legislative counsel for the ChurchÂs Office of Church in Society in Washington, DC.
Dave McNair is a freelance writer based in Charlottesville, Virginia.