Macklemore is One of the Voices United for the Separation of Church and State

By Tim Peacock


As a part of Americans United‘s ongoing effort to promote the separation of church and state, billboard chart-topping artist Macklemore made a video explaining why he is one of the Voices United for Separation of Church and State. He’s one of several artists and musicians who have volunteered their time and image to the cause. According to the project’s mission, “September 2013, singers, musicians and comedians will harmonize in a nationwide weekend of events to celebrate — and defend — the vital principle of church-state separation.”

You’ll recall that Americans United is also the organization behind the clever and hilarious “Church-State Breakup” video starring Jane Lynch and Jordan Peele. The organization uses several inventive and attention-grabbing methods to distribute its message…mainly, they’re “dedicated to preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation as the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans.”

Are you an artist or musician that wants to participate? Americans United is looking for more people to participate in the Voices United project between now and September. According to the information on Macklemore’s video:

You can be one of the Voices United for Separation of Church and State – it is easy! 

We are looking for a short video (speaking into your camera phone is great!) of you telling the world about why you support church-state separation. Have you ever felt like a second-class citizen due to your beliefs or lack of belief? Are you horrified by the influence the Catholic hierarchy and Religious Right are wielding in the healthcare debate? Are you furious at the multiple proposals by Congress to fund religion and deny civil rights to citizens? To tie the project together, we ask that you end your video with the words, “this is why I am one of the voices united for separation of church and state.” Videos should be posted to YouTube and links should be emailed to and may be posted on our website and featured on Facebook and Twitter.

About Tim Peacock:
For virtually his entire life, Tim has been writing. Over the years he’s dabbled in mainstream fiction, science fiction, dystopian fiction, and personal essays. The one consistent thread through his entire writing career has been blogging – he’s been doing it since 1997 in one form or another. In creating Peacock Panache, he’s combined two of his favorite hobbies: blogging and current events/politics. When not working here, Tim toils away at editing & rewriting the novels he’s completed over the years. You can read samples of his other work here.

You can find Tim elsewhere online at his personal website. You can also find him on LinkedIn as well as on Twitter as @timsimms

Tim Peacock is the Managing Editor and founder of Peacock Panache and has worked as a civil rights advocate for over twenty years. During that time he’s worn several hats including leading on campus LGBT advocacy in the University of Missouri campus system, interning with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, and volunteering at advocacy organizations. You can learn more about him at his personal website.


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