Texas Freedom Network founder Cecile Richards, who currently serves as president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will be featured at one of three TFN Faith and Freedom Speaker Series events beginning in September. Cecile’s San Antonio speech on September 14 will be followed on September 24 by an Austin event featuring nationally syndicated columnist E.J. Dionne of the Washington Post and a Nov. 5 speech in Dallas by Charles Haynes of the First Amendment Center.
This it the fourth year of our Faith and Freedom Speaker Series, which brings together leaders and cutting-edge thinkers from the intersection of culture, politics and religion in America today. Past speakers have included the Rev. Jim Wallis of Sojourners, the Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Rabbi Michael Lerner of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, the Rev. Welton Gaddy of the Interfaith Alliance, authors Chris Mooney and Michelle Goldberg, and film documentary makers Alexandra Pelosi and Jeff Tamblyn.
Cecile, the daughter of former Texas governor Ann Richards, founded TFN in 1995 and served as our executive director for three years. Dionne is an award-winning columnist, author and commentator on politics and faith. Haynes is senior scholar at the First Amendment Center, which works to preserve and protect First Amendment freedoms — speech, press, religion and the rights to assemble and to petition government.