3rd Wednesdays this Summer

Wednesday, June 16th, 5:30 pm at LESTER PARK

Wednesday, July 21st, 5:30 pm at CHESTER PARK

Wednesday, August 18th, 5:30 pm at CHAMBERS GROVE PARK

We have a large covered structure reserved at each of these sites and look forward to welcoming lots of freethinkers, friends, and possible converts. These are “brown bag” events, which means you should bring whatever you want to have (food and drinks) while we will provide one another with fresh ideas, good humor, and wonderful stories. Let’s see how many of us can attend all three of these! We’re trying to get Billings Park in Superior for Wednesday, September 15th, but that has to be booked online by someone who lives in Wisconsin.

The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American

Andrew L. Seidel, L.L.M.

I want to discuss two things: One, the idea that we’re founded as a Christian nation. When you hear that argument, you may debunk it using, say, the Treaty of Tripoli, which says we’re not founded in any sense on the Christian religion. Or maybe you cite the First Amendment or the fact that religious oaths are constitutionally prohibited or that the Constitution is entirely godless.

When you use those facts to refute their first argument, your opponent will fall back on the second argument, which is that we’re founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Typically, you’ll hear these arguments: “In God We Trust” or “One nation under God,” or quotes from the Declaration of Independence.

You obviously know that “In God We Trust” and “One nation under God” are not from the founding era. The former was required on currency only in 1956 and the latter was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954. When discussing the Declaration of Independence, the Religious Right typically focuses on four phrases from it: “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” “their Creator,” “the Supreme Judge of the world” and “Divine Providence.” Notice that not a single one of these is Christian. There’s no mention of Jesus or Yahweh or the God of Abraham.

Andrew Seidel

Andrew is a constitutional attorney, the Director of Strategic Response at the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and an author. Andrew graduated cum laude from Tulane University (’04) with a B.S. in neuroscience and environmental science and magna cum laude from Tulane University Law School (’09), where he was awarded the Haber J. McCarthy Award for excellence in environmental law. He studied human rights and international law at the University of Amsterdam and traveled the world on Semester at Sea. Andrew completed his Master of Laws at Denver University Sturm College of Law with a perfect GPA (’11) and was awarded the Outstanding L.L.M. Award.

His first book is The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is Un-American. 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.” 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.” Susan Jacoby (Freethinkers; The Age of American Unreason; and The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought) wrote the foreword and Dan Barker penned a preface. When not fighting for the First Amendment, Andrew writes for ThinkProgress, Religion News Service, Rewire News and elsewhere. Andrew joined FFRF as a constitutional consultant on Halloween, 2011.

Thurday, June 3rd, 4:00-6:00 pm

Live and in person, join local freethinkers to exchange thoughts and fears and share a laugh or two. Mexico Lindo will validate your parking stub and we will validate your ideas (within reason). Get some TexMex food or just a lovely (Happy Hour) drink with like-minded individuals. Be there!

600 E SUPERIOR ST Suite 201 | DULUTH, MN 55802 | 218.727.1978

3rd Wednesday, May 19th @ 5:30 pm

Black Woods | 2525 London Road | Duluth, MN 55811 | (218) 724-1612

Live and in-person on the third Wednesday of this month, area freethinkers will gather once again for food, fun, frolic, and fellowship. I’ll have the Bison Burger, but there are many many other choices including the most seafood served in Northern Minnesota. Be sure to bring your wallet, but prepare to be pampered and celebrated while enjoying fine food and opulent surroundings. This one is not to be missed! Wednesday, May 19, 5:30 pm.

First Thursday TODAY!

In the Fitger’s complex in downtown Duluth.

Today, Thursday, May 6th, at 4:00 pm, some of your favorite freethinkers will gather at Mexico Lindo to share a few laughs, profound ideas, and concerns. Come on down for the first live and in-person event in a long time. Bring a friend and park in the public garage. Mexico Lindo will validate your parking stub and we will validate your wild and crazy ideas!

600 E SUPERIOR ST | DULUTH, MN 55802 | (218) 727-1978