Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Upcoming Presentation

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.

Comments

  1. #1 David Durant
    November 27, 2006

    Any chance of recording an MP3 of this for those of us rendered unable to attend by the Atlantic being in the way? ;-)

  2. #2 Julia
    November 27, 2006

    Yes, as David Durant asks, how about a way to participate for those of us not in the area but interested in your presentation? Maybe you could post a text version?

  3. #3 Ed Brayton
    November 27, 2006

    Yes, I’ll look into recording either audio or video and perhaps putting the powerpoint online as well.

  4. #4 David Durant
    November 27, 2006

    Hmmm… It occurs to me that a site with audio, video and presentations dedicated to our side of the ID argument might be a good investment of time. If anyone reads this and would be interested in setting one up I’m game to lend a hand but sadly I haven’t the time (or talent) to do it all myself…