Jefferson Center hosts Church and State event

The Jefferson Center will host an evening on the separation of Church and State on Saturday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rogue River Room of Southern Oregon University's Stevenson Union.

Steve Benson, 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the daily Arizona Republic in Phoenix, and Dan Barker, co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, will present "Tunes 'n' Toons," a lighthearted look at the contemporary American religion scene in this election year, with special emphasis on the subject of the separation of Church and State.

Benson, a former Mormon, is the grandson of the late Ezra Taft Benson, once president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons). He has distinguished himself by his daily editorial cartoons, mostly political, which have been printed and displayed around the world. In 2002, he was presented the Emperor Has No Clothes Award by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Barker, a teenage evangelist at age 15, served as a Protestant missionary and maintained a touring musical ministry for 17 years. After five years of study, Barker announced in 1984 that he had left religion. Shortly thereafter, his autobiographical story of de-conversion and critical analysis of Christianity, "Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist," was published.

Admission to the event is $10 general, $5 for students with ID. For more information, visit or call 488-9450.

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