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Annual Free Public Lecture

  • 05/19/2019
  • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Pellissippi State Community College, Goins Auditorium

The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American giving by Andrew Seidel

Christian nationalism made Donald Trump president. This political theology claims that America is a Christian nation, that the United States was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, that the Ten Commandments form the basis of our laws. Constitutional attorney and Wisconsin author Andrew L. Seidel discusses his new nonfiction book The Founding Myth, which illustrates that, not only are we not a Christian nation, but Judeo-Christian principles are fundamentally opposed to the values on which America was founded. Religion, law, and history collide in this provocative conversation.

Andrew Seidel is a constitutional attorney, the Director of Strategic Response at the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and an author based in Madison, Wisc. His first book The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-Americanhit shelves in May. Publisher's Weekly said that Andrew “provides a fervent takedown of Christian Nationalism in his furious debut. ... his well-conceived arguments will spark conversations for those willing to listen.” Renowned constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky has described it as “a beautifully written book” that “explodes a frequently expressed myth: that the United States was created as a Christian nation.” When not fighting for the First Amendment, Andrew writes for ThinkProgress, Religion Dispatches,Religion News Service, Rewire News and elsewhere.

Copies of The Founding Myth will be available for purchase after the talk and Andrew will gladly autograph them.

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