Eight Weeks (9/22-11/10)
Christian Nationalism in America
In recent years an aggressively politicized form of Christianism has become more active in America. From moralistic legislation, to religious privilege, “school choice,” book bans, weaponizing prayer and an attempted insurrection, a belief in America as a “Christian Nation” has energized a sectarian movement that threatens core principles of secular democracy. We will shine a spotlight on the most egregious cases and highlight national organizations pushing back with educational, ethical and legal force.
Katherine Stewart, The Power Worshippers; Andrew Seidel, The Founding Myth. The Flag and the Cross, Gorski and Perry; White Evangelical Racism, Anthea Butler
Chris Highland has been teaching at OLLI since 2016. With degrees from Seattle Pacific University and San Francisco Theological Seminary, he was a minister and chaplain prior to becoming a humanist celebrant. Author of numerous books, Chris writes the “Highland Views” column for the Asheville Citizen-Times. http://www.chighland.com.
Week One (9/22): What is Christian Nationalism?
Video: Katherine Stewart
Week Two: Is America a Christian Nation?
Keynote: Christian Nation
Video: Andrew Seidel
Week Three: Religious Privilege, Exceptionalism & Freedom of Religion
Video: JFK to Houston Ministers
Video: Baptist Joint Committee on Religious Liberty
Christian Nationalism and J6
Week Four: The Issue of Power
Image: Trump in Iowa “You will have power.”
Fundamental Fears of Fundamentalists
Paula White: White House is Holy Ground
Paula White: “Victory”
“Re-claiming” (Madison County)
Video: Anthea Butler
Week Five: Sexual Politics and Morality
Keynote: Ten Commandments (states, courts, schools)
Video: Charlie Kirk (Turning Point USA speech)
Week Six: Expanding Worldviews
Video: The Life Book (Gideons, “How To” #1)
Week Seven: Lessons from World Wisdom Traditions
Images: Crucified Liberty + Liberty with Cross + Interfaith/secular
Video: Interfaith America (Eboo Patel)
Week Eight: A Common Sense Way Forward
Congressional Freethought Caucus