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March 1: Sheila Kennedy explains the importance of preserving human rights in the war on terrorism

Sheila Kennedy (renowned civil libertarian and columnist) speaks to the Church of the Saviour's "Great Decisions" series

When: Wednesday March 1, 7:00 PM

Where: Church of the Saviour, 6205 Rucker Road Indianapolis

Terrorist attacks in Western nations have forced governments to adopt measures, sometimes controversial, to combat terrorism. While security is a priority for all societies, debate has arisen about how far some of these measures should reach. Can human rights and civil liberties be fully protected in an age of terrorism?

There is perhaps no more impassioned local speaker on the topic of human and civil rights than Sheila Kennedy. You may know Sheila through her columns for the Indianapolis Star and other outlets, or her years heading up the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, or colorful books such as "What's a nice Republican girl like me doing in the ACLU?" She is enormously popular and entertaining as a speaker, but you might not realize until the Q&A session of her talks how well she listens. Chances are you won't get her to change her mind if you disagree with her ("Oh, I guess you are right, torture is justified ... but only if the President really really doesn't like somebody"), but she will listen very carefully to what you have to say, and will respond to your concerns.

Whether you agree with her or not, jousting with Sheila Kennedy is always good fun, and you will learn a lot. If you want to learn more about this topic, you can hear talks by Fran Quigley March 14 and April 12, and should attend the ACLU-Indiana debate about government spying on US citizens on March 7.

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