What is the history of state and religion in North America? Why did the framers of the United States Constitution include the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment? In our country's 225 year history, what changes took place in how people understood the Establishment Clause? In our time, some people claim that the Establishment Clause contradicts the Freedom of Speech clause of the same First Amendment. What is the proper balance? People in the CSRA are invited to read books on these topics and discuss them with fellow book lovers and concerned residents.

Join us on the 1st Wednesday of every other month from August to June at The Book Tavern, 936 Broad St, at 6:30 pm to discuss the following books. Note April may change to avoid Masters Week. RSVPs via Facebook or e-mail are helpful for planning but not required. Note: The meeting space is on the 2nd floor, so you'll need to be able to climb a flight of stairs.

Aug 3    God and Government: Twenty-Five Years of Fighting for Equality, Secularism, and Freedom of Conscience by Barry Lynn (RSVP)

Oct 5      The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age by Martha C. Nussbaum (RSVP)

Dec 7    Christian Nation by Frederic C. Rich (RSVP)

Feb 1     Why the Religious Right Is Wrong About Separation of Church and State by Robert Boston (RSVP)

Apr 12   Bad Faith: When Religious Belief Undermines Modern Medicine by Paul Offit (RSVP)

Jun 7     The Right vs. the Right to Die: Lessons from the Terri Schiavo Case and How to Stop It from Happening Again by Jon Eisenberg (RSVP)

The Book Tavern (706.826.1940) carries these books, so check them out and purchase them there!