This third installment in the three-part series on religious pluralism and the hagio-historical revisionism that seeks to eclipse it from view covers the record of the first prayer ever before a U.S. congressional body, at the Continental Congress in 1774. The complex story behind this prayer is one of religious diversity, divisive religion intertwined with … Continue reading The Reality of Religious Pluralism in the U.S., Part 3
The treatment the Franklin episode has received in popular imagination and Christian revisionist-historical apology serves as simply a more brazen example of the kind of hagiographical pious-washing also applied to a moment of prayer that, according to all parties, actually did transpire when the Continental Congress met for the first time in September of 1774. … Continue reading American Religious Pluralism is Real, Pt. 3
This second installment of the three-part series on religious pluralism in the United States and conservative Christian attempts at hagiographical historical revisionism to edit this reality out of public awareness deals with an episode that occurred during the Constitutional Convention of 1787 when Benjamin Franklin arose at a moment of impasse and proposed that the … Continue reading The Reality of Religious Pluralism in the U.S., Part 2
President Dwight D. Eisenhower—the president who personally presided over the changes to both the U.S. motto and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag—offered some pietistic observations on early American history and the issue of prayer at the Dedicatory Breakfast of the International Christian Leadership on February 5, 1953, an event which has been held … Continue reading American Religious Pluralism is Real, Pt. 2
In a November post on her Patreon page, writer, thinker, and religious activist Megan Kennedy argued that we must face “a hard truth of modern American society: religious pluralism, in practice, is an illusion.” Kennedy finds evidence for her claim in the abusive treatment meted out by Fox News host Tucker Carlson to a prominent … Continue reading The illusion of Christian unity and dominance in the U.S.: American religious pluralism is real
Writer Megan Kennedy has argued from the ill-treatment a prominent Satanist received at the hands of Fox News host Tucker Carlson that religious pluralism in this country is illusory. Carlson's arrogance and deliberate obtuseness in refusing to recognize Satanism as legitimate betoken an inflated sense of majority Christian religious privilege that would seek to hound … Continue reading Religious pluralism versus religious unity in America: Which is real and which an illusion?