Religion briefs for Feb. 2

Religion briefs for Feb. 2
Published: February 2, 2013
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IN BRIEF

Events

Group to host fourth annual legislative preview

The Oklahoma City Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church & State will hold its fourth annual Oklahoma Legislative Preview from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Belle Isle Library, 5501 N Villa.

The event's theme is “Separating Fact from Emotion.” Bills submitted by both houses of the Oklahoma Legislature that could affect rights will be presented for discussion. An added feature this year will be a short explanation of how proposed bills become law in Oklahoma. The Legislature officially convenes on Monday.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Bill Nimmo at 843-3651 or go to www.okau.org or www. au.org.

Prayer event is set at Capitol

“Pray For Your Legislator Day,” an annual event, will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the state Capitol. The event is coordinated by the Oklahoma Legislative Prayer Caucus. Co-chairman of the caucus, Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, said each person who comes has the opportunity to sit in the chair of their legislator, and other legislators to pray for them. Kern said a guide for how to pray for representatives and senators will be given to participants when they arrive in the House Chamber, along with cards so they can leave a message for the legislator if they choose. Participants are asked to enter on the west side of the state Capitol through the doors under the green awning. For more information, email state director Sandra Leaver at Sandra@CPCFoundation.com, or visit www.OklahomaPrayerCaucus.org.

Author to speak on religious terrorism

— Is religion a biological urge? What makes a belief sacred? What motivates a person to kill in the name of God? These are just a few of the questions that will be addressed by Scott Atran, Ph.D., when he delivers the keynote address for the first Ableson Religious Reconciliation Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the ballroom at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 1727 W Alabama Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Atran has traveled the world interviewing and, in some cases, living among known terrorists in order to better understand the motivations of those who kill in the name of God. He published his findings in a book titled, “Talking to the Enemy: Faith, Brotherhood, and the (Un) Making of Terrorists (2010).”



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