Barry Lynn

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Wednesday, December 4, 2002 - 4:15pm
Barry Lynn, attorney, champion of religious liberty, and executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State will speak on the Lehigh University campus Tuesday, December 4 at 7:30 the Sinclair Lab Auditorium.  He will address the topic, “Protecting Religious Freedom in a Time of Crisis: A Post 9-11 Evaluation of the First Amendment.”
 In addition to his evening lecture, the Humanities Center will be hosting a reception for Lynn at 4:10 p.m. at 224 West Packer Avenue.  In keeping with the Humanities Center theme of “public intellectual,” Lynn will discuss informally his role in public debate over constitutional issues involving the First Amendment, including school vouchers and the controversial “faith based” initiative of the Bush Administration.  Lynn regularly appears on appears on television talk shows to debate or discuss public policy as it relates to the First Amendment. 
                                                                      Barry W. Lynn 
                                                                   Executive Director 
                                            Americans United for Separation of Church and State
    Before accepting the post at Americans United, Lynn held a variety of positions related to religious liberty. From1984 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 Church's Office of Church in Society in Washington, D.C.
   A member of the Washington, D.C. bar, Lynn earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1978. In addition, he is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ who received his theology degree from Boston University School of Theology in 1973. Lynn earned his bachelor's degree at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 1970.
   An accomplished speaker and lecturer, Lynn has appeared frequently on television and radio broadcasts to debate and discuss First Amendment issues. News programs on which he has appeared include The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Today Show, Nightline, CNN's Crossfire, 60 Minutes, The Phil Donahue Show, Good Morning America, national nightly news from NBC, ABC and CBS, Equal Time and Larry King Live. He also served for two years as regular co-host of "Pat Buchanan and Company" on the Mutual Broadcasting System, and now does a weekly syndicated radio program, "Review of  the News," with Col. Oliver North.
   Lynn is the co-author of the recently published The Right to Religious Liberty: The Basic ACLU Guide to Religious Rights. He writes frequently on First Amendment issues, appearing in publications such as USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, 
American Teacher and Liberty. His op-eds are often published by Knight-Ridder and Scripps-Howard newspaper chains.