First Amendment Advocate, Vol. 6, No. 1, April 2005
The Newsletter of the Oklahoma Chapter of Americans United
The Rev. Barry W. Lynn
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Since 1992, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn has served as executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to the preservation of the Constitution’s religious liberty provisions (www.au.org).
In addition to his work as a long-time activist and lawyer in the civil liberties field, Lynn is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, offering him a unique perspective on church-state issues.
An accomplished speaker and lecturer, Lynn has appeared frequently on television and radio broadcasts to offer analysis of First Amendment issues. News programs on which Lynn has appeared include PBS's “NewsHour,” NBC's “Today Show,” Fox News Channel's “O'Reilly Factor,” ABC's “Nightline,” CNN's “Crossfire,” CBS's “60 Minutes,” MSNBC’s “Buchanan & Press,” Fox News Channel's “Hannity & Colmes,” ABC's “Good Morning America,” CNN's “Larry King Live” and the national nightly news on NBC, ABC and CBS.
On the radio, Lynn served for two years as regular co-host of "Pat Buchanan and Company" and more recently did a weekly syndicated radio program, "Review of the News," with Col. Oliver North. He is a regular guest on nationally broadcast radio programs, including National Public Radio's “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation,” as well as having appeared on national networks such as CBS Radio, CNN Radio, ABC Radio and AP Radio.
Lynn began his professional career working at the national office 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. From 1984 to 1991 he was legislative counsel for the Washington office of the American Civil Liberties Union.
In 1995, Lynn co-authored "The Right to Religious Liberty: The Basic ACLU Guide to Religious Rights." He writes frequently on religious liberty issues, and has had essays published in outlets such as USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Nation. Lynn also has op-eds published frequently by the Knight-Ridder and Scripps-Howard newspaper chains.
A member of the Washington, D.C. bar, Lynn earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1978. In addition, he received his theology degree from Boston University School of Theology in 1973.
Lynn, a native of Bethlehem, Pa., lives in Chevy Chase, Md., with his family.
Barry's Schedule on May 5, 2005
Interfaith Day of Prayer & Reflection
On the Steps of the State Capital
"What Place Does Religion Have in the Public Square?
First Baptist Church
1201 N. Robinson, OKC
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”
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