Despite advances in technology, Americans are less engaged, at risk of being “bamboozled” and losing their civil liberties.

   So said David Niose, legal director for the American Humanist Association.

   He addressed about 25 people last week in Ripon College’s East Hall.

   Warning that Americans’ freedom is at risk, Niose’s talk was organized by Ripon College Communication Professor Steve Martin, who is on the board of advisors for the Center for the Study of Institutions and Innovation, which funded the talk.

   “Just because society has advanced and progressed in a certain way doesn’t mean there’s never regression,” he said. “There was more freedom in Germany before Hitler than after, OK?”

   Civil liberties are not guaranteed, he added. “Rights can be lost. Your generation should be very mindful of that going forward.”

   Read the full story in the Nov. 29, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.