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RET Welcomes American Atheists President to Knoxvi
The Rationalists of East Tennessee (RET) will host American Atheists president Ellen Johnson at the Shiloh Room in the University Center on Sunday, March 21. Johnson will deliver a talk entitled "Political Lessons From Dear Abby. Where We Are And Where We Want To Be" and will answer questions afterward. The talk begins at 10:30 and is free to the public.

As president of American Atheists, Johnson is a leading spokesperson for atheist civil liberties. She has presented testimony on behalf of the organization to numerous government agencies, including the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. A wife and mom with two children, Johnson is vitally concerned about the cultural issues affecting atheist families of all descriptions.

Now in its fourth decade, American Atheists is dedicated to working for the civil rights of atheists, promoting separation of state and church, and providing information about atheism. The organization was founded by Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the noted atheist activist, as a result of her successful battle against mandatory school prayer and bible recitation.

"We are extremely honored and excited to be able to host Ellen Johnson," said RET president Dale Haste. "She is a dynamic speaker, a tireless advocate for civil rights, and a devoted defender of one of our most precious national legacies, the separation of church and state. I encourage our East Tennessee neighbors to join us for her presentation."

RET holds a number of regular events (including philosophy discussions, roundtables, and the Skeptic Book Club), engages in community action and sponsors speakers. More information about the organization and about this
special event is available by phone at 865-539-3006, on the Web at www.rationalists.org or by email at info@rationalists.org.

Posted by houston
Mar. 14, 2004