Christian Nationalism and the Jan. 6 Insurrection

January 15, 2022
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Edina Library

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All Welcome! Please join us at January’s HumanistsMN Community Gathering to hear Andrew L. Seidel, a constitutional attorney at the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), speak about the role of Christian nationalism in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Seidel is author of the book “The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American,” which rebuts the notion that the United States was founded as a Christian nation.

He builds his case by comparing the Ten Commandments to the Constitution and contrasting biblical doctrine with America’s founding philosophy. He argues that Christian nationalism, “fostered by fables and myths about America’s founding,” helped propel Donald Trump to the presidency. He added an epilogue about the insurrection to a new paperback version.

Seidel is Director of Strategic Response at FFRF, where he leads the group’s legal challenges to violations of government-religion separation.

He will speak to us remotely, but we will gather in person to watch his live presentation, followed by a Q and A session. Stay for social hour at 4:30 p.m. with nibbles and drinks.

**NOTE: Attendees can enter a drawing to get one of three personalized signed copies of the paperback version of “The Founding Myth.”

Seidel’s presentation will also be live-streamed over YouTube for those unable to attend in person. We will provide more details later about how to view it.

Watch a video debate between Seidel and Mark David Hall, politics professor at George Fox University, about the influence of Christianity on America’s founders

HumanistsMN policy requires that all attendees at our in-person events be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

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