Center for Inquiry | Indiana


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 Indiana Civic Day

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Sponsored by

Center for Inquiry-Indiana

Indiana Chapter Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Saturday, February 11, 2012

8:00 am-4:00 pm

Morning Session: Indiana State House, North Atrium, 402 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN

Afternoon Session: Indiana State Library, 315 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN

Free Parking: West Section of the Indiana State House parking lot, north of the State House off Ohio Street. Enter the building at the north entrance only. Walk across Senate Avenue to the west for the afternoon session at the Indiana State Library.   


CFI Friends of the Center and AU Members--$15.00

Public: $20.00

Fulltime Students: $10

Fulltime Student FOCs: $5

Box Lunch: $10.00

Register and order a box lunch online or at CFI Indiana.

Become a CFI FOC.  Become an AU member.

Registration, free continental breakfast, socializing, and browsing of materials begins at 8:00 am.  The program will begin promptly at 9:00 am.

Weather Advisory: In case of severe weather, the conference will be canceled only if the streets and venues are closed.  If in doubt, call 317-797-5892 the morning of the conference. 

Be aware!!

Be informed!!

Be active!!

Attend Indiana Civic Day!!

To make sure that you are aware and informed about issues in Indiana so that you can be active in promoting your point of view, attend Indiana Civic Day on February 11, 2012.  Learn how your Indiana State Legislature works and about these important issues: Reproductive Rights, LGBT Rights, and School Vouchers.  See the schedule for the day and pictures/biographies of the awesome speakers who will be participating below.

We will also be discussing current bills in the Indiana General Assembly such as:

Bills to watch: SB 0089--Teaching Creation Science, HB 1014--Health Care Professionals Conscience Clause, SB 0282, HB 1146, HB 1214--Abortion Inducing Drugs, SB 0125, HB 1109--State Money to Entities Performing Abortions, HJR6--Indiana Marriage Discrimination Amendment, SB 0251--Reciting Lord's Prayer in School. 

Participation will be limited to the first 150 people who register.  Don't delay. Register today to attend this important conference.  


Location: Indiana State House, 402 West Washington Street.

8:00-9:00 am--Registration, free continental breakfast, socializing, and browsing of materials

9:00—Welcome—Reba Boyd Wooden, Executive Director, Center for Inquiry|Indiana

9:15-10:00--Ronald A. Lindsay, CEO of Center for Inquiry: Secularism and Human Dignity

10:00-10:45--Barry Lynn, Executive Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State: It's Religion, Stupid...Not the Economy.

10:45-11:30--David Sklar, Director of Government Affairs, Jewish Community Relations Council: How a Bill Really Becomes a Law in Indiana

11:30-12:30--Betty Cockrum, CEO, Planned Parenthood of Indiana: You and Your Legislator. In Your Doc’s Office.  In Your Bedroom.

Location: Indiana State Library, 315 West Ohio Street.

12:30—Box Lunches (Must be ordered and paid for by February 6.)

1:30-2:30--Rick Sutton, President, Indiana Equality Action: Equal Justice for ALL--That Means EVERYbody!

2:30-3:30--Dialogue on School Vouchers: Robert Enlow, President & CEO, Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and Joel Hand, Attorney, Indiana Coalition for Public Education. Moderator: Reba Boyd Wooden, Executive Director, Center for Inquiry-Indiana.

4:30—Reception at Center for Inquiry-Indiana, 350 Canal Walk, Suite A. (Free but must make reservation by February 6.)

7:00—Dinner at Sahm’s Café and Tavern, 433 North Capitol Avenue.  (Limit 60 people. Must make reservation by February 6. Pay at restaurant.)


lindsaydrq.jpgRonald A. Lindsay, CEO of Center for Inquiry

Speech Title: Secularism and Human Dignity

Ronald A. Lindsay, J.D., Ph.D. is by training and experience both a lawyer and a philosopher. An honors graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, he practiced for twenty-six years with the national law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP prior to joining the Center for Inquiry, where he is now President and CEO. Dr. Lindsay has authored numerous appellate briefs, including amicus briefs in several prominent Supreme Court cases. He holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating that can be awarded to an attorney.

With respect to philosophy, Dr. Lindsay received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University, specializing in bioethics. He has had articles published in peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, and The American Journal of Bioethics. His book Future Bioethics: Overcoming Taboos, Myths, and Dogmas was published by Prometheus Books in June 2008.

lynndrq.jpgBarry Lynn, Executive Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Speech Title:It's Religion, Stupid...Not the Economy

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.

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. A member of the Washington, D.C. and U.S. Supreme Court 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.
An accomplished speaker and lecturer, Lynn has appeared frequently on television and radio broadcasts to offer analysis of First Amendment issues. On the radio, Lynn serves as host of “Culture Shocks,” a daily look at various issues affecting society and the culture. In the 1990s he served for two years as regular co-host of "Pat Buchanan and Company" and after that did a weekly syndicated radio program, "Review of the News," with Col. Oliver North.

In 2006, Lynn authored Piety & Politics: The Right-Wing Assault On Religious Freedom (Harmony Books). In 2008 he coauthored (with C. Welton Gaddy) First Freedom First: A Citizen's Guide to Protecting Religious Liberty and the Separation of Church and State (Beacon Press).

David Sklar.jpgDavid Sklar, Director of Government Affairs, Jewish Community Relations Council

Speech Title: How a Bill Really Becomes a Law in Indiana

David was born and raised in Indianapolis; he received a Bachelors Degree in Political Science with a minor in Communications Studies from Ball State University and is currently working on a Masters Degree in Public Affairs at the I.U. School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  While attending Ball State he was an active member and president of the Ball State Hillel.  Before coming to the JCRC in August of 2007 David worked at the Jewish Community Center of Indianapolis in the Camping and Youth Services Departments.  David currently serves as a board member or officer on numerous domestic issue coalitions.  David also served as the JCRC’s Wolf Legislative Intern for the 2007 session of the Indiana General Assembly.

Betty Cockrum PPIN.jpgBetty Cockrum, CEO, Planned Parenthood of Indiana

Speech Title: You and Your Legislator.  In Your Doc’s Office.  In Your Bedroom.

In July 2002, Betty Cockrum became President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN), which is the fifth largest affiliate of 85 nationwide, serving more than 79,000 patients. Prior to joining Planned Parenthood of Indiana, Betty served nearly three decades in public service. Her last tour of duty was as State Budget Director. Positions prior to that include Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Administration, Director of Financial and Administrative Services with the Indiana Department of Commerce, and Bloomington City Controller.

Rick Sutton.jpgRick Sutton, President, Indiana Equality Action

Speech Title: Equal Justice for ALL--That Means EVERYbody!

Rick is a native of Blackford County, is a life member of the IU Alumni Association' and has been long-involved in its John Whittenburger Society.

He has spent almost 30 years in the real estate industry.  He was the inaugural vice chairman (appointed by Gov. Evan Bayh) of the Indiana Real Estate Commissions's Board of Appraisal Standards, Practices and Certification.  He has long been involved in Democratic politics, having served as a Marion County township chairman, and as a member of the Democratic National Finance Committee.  He served for six years as an elected member of the Board of Education of the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township.  He is a 30-year member of St.Luke's Methodist Church, where he has been treasurer and a member of the Administrative Board.  He is currently a commissioned Stephen Minister at St. Luke's.

Rick is a member of the board of the Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination, and has served as president of Indiana Equality Action since 2010. Indiana Equality is the state's premier GLBT civil rights organization, which lobbies and conducts educational programs on a variety of issues.  Currently, the organization is gearing-up for a massive fight against HJR6, the Marriage Discrimination Amendment to the state Constitution.

He is the proud father of three children and grandfather of one. Rick and his partner, Robert Owens, have been together over 12 years, and recently celebrated a Commitment Ceremony on Labor Day weekend.  They hope for the day their commitment can share the legal status of their parents.

Dialogue on School Vouchers


Robert Enlow, President & CEO, Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice

From 1990-1992, Robert Enlow attended Oxford University where he worked on a post-graduate degree in Theology. He received his BA degree from Seattle Pacific University. In January 2009, he assumed the role of President and CEO of the Foundation for Educational Choice, the school choice legacy foundation of Milton and Rose Friedman. Previously, Robert had served as executive director of the Foundation for Educational Choice since late 2004.

Robert has served as Private Sector Chairman of the Education Task Force for the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that also recognized him as the Private Sector Member of the Year. He is also a board member of School Choice Ohio and the Economic Club of Indiana, and serves on the Indiana State Advisory Committee for the US Commission on Civil Rights. While in England, he also served on the board of governors for two urban public schools in London.

He is the co-editor of the book Liberty and Learning, Milton Friedman’s Voucher Idea at Fifty, author of Grading Vouchers, Ranking America’s School Choice Programs, and co-author of School Choice: A Reform that Works and Early School Choice, a chapter in An Education Agenda: Let Parents Choose Their Children’s School.

Joel Hand.jpg Joel Hand, Attorney, Indiana Coalition for Public Education.

Joel is a 1995 graduate of Indiana University School of Law and a 1992 graduate of DePauw University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Secondary Education.  Since its inception in 2011, Joel has served as counsel to the Indiana Coalition for Public Education, a grassroots group of Hoosier taxpayers dedicated to preserving public funding for students attending Indiana’s public schools.  Previously, Joel worked as the Director of Legislative and Governmental Affairs for the Indiana Department of Public Instruction from 2007 to 2009 and on the Department’s legal staff from 1995 through 1996.  Joel also worked for more than a decade as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Marion, Hamilton and Carroll Counties during which time he tried in excess of 80 jury trials including a Capital Murder case.  For his efforts, Joel has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Indiana Department of Education “Bellringer Award” in 2009, the 2007 M.A.D.D. National Prosecutor of the Year Award, the 2006 Indiana Governor’s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year Award, the 2005 Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Executive Director’s Award and the 2005 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Public Service Award.  Joel has also served as a faculty member for numerous continuing legal education programs including the National Advocacy Center. 

Reba Boyd Wooden--11-2011.jpgModerator: Reba Boyd Wooden, Executive Director, Center for Inquiry|Indiana

Reba Boyd Wooden is Executive Director of Center for Inquiry Indiana. She started The Humanist Friendship Group of Central Indiana in 1999 which became the Center for Inquiry Community of Indiana in 2005. On April 1, 2007, Center for Inquiry Indiana opened on the Indianapolis downtown canal walk at 350 Canal Walk, Suite A.  Reba has a BA from University of Indianapolis with a major in Social Studies Education and a minor in Business Education, an MS from Butler University in History/Education, and an MS in Counseling and Counselor Education from Indiana University. She retired after 37 years in public education in 2005. She spent her last 13 years as a high school guidance counselor and the previous years in the classroom.

Post Conference Activities 

There will be a reception at CFI|Indiana beginning at 4:30 pm.  No charge but reservation required.   Dinner at Sahm's Cafe and Tavern, 433 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapois at 7:00 pm.  Reservation required. Each person pays for their own meal. Limit for dinner: 60 people. Large parking lot. Free parking.

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The mission of Center for Inquiry | Indiana is to foster a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values.


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