FORUM: "Is America a Christian Nation?" presented by John Rafferty

Join us as we welcome John Rafferty, president of the Secular Humanist Society of New York, as he explores the question of whether America is a Christian nation. 

Mr. Rafferty is the president of SHSNY, editor of Pique, and a longtime activist in secular causes.

All are welcome!

This event is hosted by Amy Frushour Kelly. As always, this event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

For additional information, please visit centerforinquiry.net/li or contact CFI-LI by email ([masked]) or phone [masked]).

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  • Chris M.

    And in those classrooms full of Christians--esp. those with fundamentalist Christians--you can bet your sweet petunia those Christians will insist that the tree is Christian (and not pagan, or of pagan origin). Anthropologists and sociologists use the term 'cultural hegemony' to refer to the use of such things as language, symbols, and various practices that serve to establish, normalize, and ultimately 'colonize' a dominant culture or system of beliefs. Symbolism, such as Christmas trees, are not benign when pushed, promoted, and normalized by a dominant group (such as Christians in public, government-sponsored settings like schools, which serve to educate us both manifestly [reading, writing, arithmetic] and latently [all the values, beliefs, and practices that are not explicitly taught--sometimes called the 'hidden curriculum']).

    March 22

    • Pete or P.

      THERE should be NO symbols of any religion in the classroom.....but if, then, at the home of the respective beliefs. Sorry, I was playing a bit of a "devil's advocate." My greatest fear is that our insistance of separation of church and state and our rights to refuse churches might be wrongly construed as prejudice of any kind. We as humanist must be respected in our beliefs or disbeliefs and not cause any group to actively bash us. I am new in the humanist tradition and can only use my own "common sense?"

      March 22

    • Chris M.

      Pete, if religious people perceive our advocacy in favor of the right to church/state separation in the wrong way, then it is their obligation to correct their misconception (and I think many freethinkers--as well as open-minded religious people--have been happy to help educate them). Otherwise, you walk the line of "blaming the victim" of their misconstruction.

      March 23

  • Richard S.

    What's wrong with a Christmas tree in a public school classroom is that, despite the room being "full of children brought up as Christians," there are likely to be children brought up as Jews, Muslims, Hindus, or atheists in that classroom as well. Is it right to make those children feel uncomfortable or denigrated, especially when public schools that receive taxpayer support are prohibited from promoting religion by the Constitution?

    1 · March 22

  • Pete or P.

    Maybe not a Christian nation, but predominately a Christian culture. This will change as Christianity becomes a minority in practice and thought, although who thinks much about either? It was interesting. But I'd rather concentrate on humanism in our nation, and ethics, and morals. Three churches and a gun shop on every intersection doing business simultaeously? Sad no Science shop. Whats wrong with a pagan derived holiday tree in a classroom full of children brought up as Christians by their families. That doesnt make us a Christian nation. I would never protest a menorah in my Plainview classroom.

    March 21

  • Chris M.

    Will be arriving at 7:20.

    March 21

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