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Author: Andrew Seidel

Andrew Seidel

Politicians preach Christian nationalism at the Southern Baptist Convention

If Pence or Abbott cared anything for the oaths they swore or understood the document they promised to preserve, protect, and defend, they would not have sought out or accepted the speaking engagements in the first place. But they don’t. They profess to care about a Constitution that does not exist. They are working toward a Constitution that creates two classes of people: Christians and everyone else. Though this is never explicit, it is one of the central goals of Christian nationalism and that is why Christian nationalism is a threat to our Constitution — one that FFRF will continue to beat back.

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Andrew Seidel

Probing Pence: Did his Hillsdale College commencement speech get anything right?

The argument that Pence himself is driving people away from religion is obviously ridiculous, but far less so than Pence’s claim about Trump. In fact, the virulent strain of Christianity to which Pence adheres — a strain that believes it has a god-given right to use the machinery of the state to impose itself on other citizens — might actually be driving the younger generation away from religion. The anti-gay, anti-equality, anti-woman, racist religion that Pence openly preaches repels the more tolerant millennials and Generation Z-ers. Unlike Pence’s claim, there’s research to back this idea up.

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David and Goliath: The fight to end a billion dollar tax break for “ministers of the gospel”

There’s an old legal adage that’s been reworked many times over. When you don’t have the law, argue the facts. When you don’t have the facts, argue the law. In none of its permutations does the quote end: “and when you’ve got nothing, just list off a bunch of names.” But that’s ADF’s brief. It is the longest legal brief I’ve ever seen and is neither brief, nor truly legal. It’s a cudgel, meant to stun the judges into ignoring the law.

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How important is FFRF’s Morris County victory?

But none of the personal twaddle means the case is important. Or that it has a big impact. However, FFRF’s case against Morris County, in which we successfully blocked millions of taxpayer dollars flowing to churches, is particularly meaningful, given a concerted attack against state constitutional provisions barring taxpayer aid to churches.

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Andrew Seidel

An open letter to Ralph Drollinger, the pastor who conducts the White House Bible Study

You have no education or training in public service, public policy, government or any of the other issues that are critical to running a superpower. You have an arts degree in geography. And yet, you have unprecedented access to the highest levels of government — far more so than any typical citizen. This is not influence, but manipulation detached from any valuable education or expertise.

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Easter fools, April Fools and Jesus’ pundits

The chance overlap of April 1, a static day, and Easter, a Christian holiday, is because of Easter’s pagan origins. Easter doesn’t fall on a particular day: If Jesus existed and was crucified, we have no idea when. Instead, Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. If that sounds pretty damn pagan, it’s because it is.

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