I have been invited to address the West Michigan Freethought Association on March 14th. The subject will either be Religion and the Founding Fathers or the Dover trial; it’s undecided at this point.. For anyone who is in the area and interested in attending, you can find directions and details on the website linked above. And while I’m on that subject here, I should mention that Jon Rowe has had some interesting posts on the subject of religion and the founding fathers at Positive Liberty lately. The first one examines the question of whether George Washington really added the words “So help me God” to the presidential oath of office. He presents evidence that this practice did not start with Washington but with Chester Arthur. The second. The second post is about a new book by Chris Rodda called Liars for Jesus, which slams folks like David Barton and D. James Kennedy for their distortions about the founding fathers (much like Jon and I do regularly). I think my presentation will debunk some of the myths on both sides of the issue, principally the myth that the founders were all deists and the myth that they were all orthodox Christians. Both are wrong.
Update: Since writing this, it has been decided that the subject of the address will be the Dover trial rather than religion and the founding fathers.