Americans United for Separation of Church and State is one of my favorite charities, a leading national organization promoting church-state separation and individual freedom. Last year, they started Voices United, a nationwide series of grassroots house concerts and live shows that promote and celebrate the vital principle of church-state separation.
Last year, the St. Louis show was a house concert by Jan Marra. This year, I hoped for something bigger. I talked to the Ethical Society, my humanist community, about trying to get something together that could be larger than a house concert, but unfortunately nothing came together.
Then yesterday, I got an email from the Ethical Society that a Voices United concert will happen next week at the Society, with a performance by Roy Zimmerman. Apparently, it was a last-minute thing; a show in another city was canceled, and he reached out to the Ethical Society to see if he could do a gig here instead.
I’m really looking forward to this. I’ve seen Roy Zimmerman a couple times, and he’s both funny and touching. But I’m even more excited about the cause the concert supports: Americans United for Separation of Church and State. It’s such an important organization for the defense of our secular constitutional government.
This is an exciting convergence for me: a concert in St. Louis next week uniting a musician I like, a cause I care deeply about, and my community at the Ethical Society.
Roy Zimmerman sings satirical songs – original songs about class warfare, creationism, same-sex marriage, guns, marijuana, abstinence, Republicans (a lot of songs about Republicans), ignorance, war and greed.
In twelve albums over twenty years and on stages, screens and airwaves across America, Roy has brought the sting of satire to the struggle for Peace and Social Justice. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He’s a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.
Since the founding of America, singers, songwriters and performers have been a powerful force for social justice. Last year, Americans United for Separation of Church and State began Voices United for Separation of Church and State, a nationwide weekend of musical events to celebrate – and defend – the vital principle of church-state separation. Entertainers across the country will participate in house concerts and shows at larger venues to bring people together on behalf of our First Amendment freedoms. In September 2013, AU is reprising this important event with a great series of concerts and performances in cities throughout the U.S.
Nationwide, performances will feature comedians like Sarah Silverman and musicians such as Catie Curtis, Shelly Segal, and Dar Williams.
The concert will be at 8 p.m. on September 20 at the Ethical Society. Tickets are $18 at the door, or whatever you can pay.