If you read this blog, you’re probably the kind of person that, for one reason or another, knows the name Barry Lynn. But in case you don’t, here’s a brief refresher.

For starters, it’s the Rev. Barry Lynn.

Rev. Lynn is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He’s an accomplished lecturer and has written books on matters of faith in public life. He’s also the recipient of the Medal of Freedom from the Roosevelt Institute for his work in protecting the freedom to worship.

The Rev. Lynn also supports the separation of church and state, which is why he’s been the executive director of our friends over at Americans United for Separation of Church and State since 1992.

So, naturally, during a House hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Louie “Terror Babies” Gohmert, R-Texas, had to make sure that Rev. Lynn had his Christian bona fides in order:

I’m curious, in your Christian beliefs, do you believe in sharing the good news that will keep people from going to hell, consistent with the Christian belief?

Here’s video of the exchange:

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The Texas Freedom Network is joining with our friends from the Austin chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State to co-sponsor a speech on Monday (October 18) by AU’s national executive director, Rev. Barry Lynn. Rev. Lynn’s speech, “Church and State Under Obama… and Beyond,” begins at 7 p.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover. The Austin chapters of Equality Across America and the Center for Inquiry are also co-sponsoring this AU event, which is free and open to the public.

Texas has become a central front in the religious right’s war on separation of church and state. That fact was never clearer than during the State Board of Education‘s radical revisions of science and social studies curriculum standards for Texas public schools in 2009 and earlier this year.

TFN has been proud to stand with Rev. Lynn and AU members in working for religious liberty and against efforts by the religious right to use government to promote a radical agenda that is hostile to freedom, the Constitution and mainstream people of faith. In fact, we hosted Rev. Lynn for a speech in San Antonio in 2007, an event that was part… Read More