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AU Rationalists and Atheists Host Dan Barker of Freedom from Religion Foundation

WHAT: Dan Barker discusses atheism and recent protests in Washington state over anti-religious displays

WHO: Dan Barker, copresident of the Freedom From Religion Foundation
WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, February 2   

WHERE: Kay Spiritual Life Center, American University
           4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016

MEDIA: Jon Hussey, AU Media Relations, 202-885-5935 or

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American University Rationalists and Atheists will host a speech by Dan Barker, copresident of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, on Monday, February 2, at 7 p.m. in AU’s Kay Spiritual Life Center.

Barker will speak about the display denouncing religion posted by the Freedom From Religion Foundation in the Washington state Capitol building and the public outrage that followed. Shortly after its appearance in the Capitol, TV personality Bill O’Reilly denounced the display on-air, calling it “political correctness gone mad.”

Barker was ordained as an evangelical minister and spent more than 20 years writing and performing Christian music before publicly announcing in 1983 that he had become an atheist. He has written five books, including his autobiography, Losing Faith in Faith: from Preacher to Atheist. Barker started working for the foundation in 1985 and was elected copresident in 2004. He has appeared on various national talk shows, including Good Morning America and the Oprah Winfrey Show.

The American University Rationalists and Atheists' mission is to promote dialogue and debate on religion and atheism, preserve the secular purpose of the American government, and remove the social stigma associated with a lack of religious belief.

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