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The leading lobbyist for one of the largest, but weakest, special interest groups — the “non-theistic” — is coming to Park Slope to champion the oft-elusive separation of church and Sarah Palin.

Lori Lipman Brown is the director of the Secular Coalition for America, which advocates for atheists, and she’ll cite some recent victories, such as fewer anti-same sex marriage legislation.

Then again, the rise of religion-based candidates like vice-presidential hopeful Palin send a chilling wind through the atheists’ neighborhood.

“There’s a de facto religious test to become president,” Lipman Brown told GO Brooklyn.

If it were up to her, politicians would only answer one question about God on the campaign trail: “Will you impose your religious beliefs on civil law?”

“We can share values without sharing a belief system,” she said.

Lori Lipman Brown will speak on Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (53 Prospect Park W., between First and Second streets in Park Slope), free, 11 am. Call (718) 768-2972 for info.

Updated 1:42 pm, September 11, 2008
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