Paid to Piss People Off: Book 3 PRAYER: Book 3 PRAYER (Paperback)
In this 3rd book of his three-volume memoir, Barry W. Lynn recounts twenty-five years working against the top leaders of the Religious Right on issues including school prayer, prayer in public places, public religious displays, creationism, the Faith-Based Initiative, the Ten Commandments, and death with dignity. He describes his frequent visits to Religious Right conventions to sit in the audience and his broadcast debates with and advocacy to religious leaders like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Franklin Graham, Jim Wallis, Joshua DuBois, Jay Sekulow, Rob Schenck, Robert Jeffress, Wiley Drake, Herb Titus, Kelly Shackleford, Bill Murray, Bill Donohue, and Mat Staver. He also tells stories of policy-making as he experienced it behind the scenes with blunt honesty.
Lynn worked from 1976-2016 on the social issues that face Americans again in 2023: abortion, LGBTQ+ rights, and book banning. He worked for the ACLU and the United Church of Christ national office in DC before becoming executive director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Well respected for his work on Capitol Hill and with executive branch agencies, he became a radio and television media star for his keen wit and ready repartee as he addressed First Amendment public policy issues. He combines that wit with his experience participating in the making of American history from a front-row seat as a political strategist and lawyer in the Supreme Court Bar. As a clergyperson in the United Church of Christ, his passion for correcting injustice and inequality guided his advocacy on TV, talk radio, his podcast CultureShocks, and in this memoir, which is funny and full of American political history. His battles with the Religious Right will amuse and alarm readers.