The head of a Baptist group that crafted a landmark joint report on the Jan. 6 insurrection with the Freedom From Religion Foundation is the guest on FFRF’s “Freethought Matters” Sunday TV show.
Amanda Tyler, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty and leader of Christians Against Christian Nationalism, gives a powerful overview of the dangers of white Christian nationalism and affirms the historic support by many Baptist denominations for strict separation between religion and government. Tyler helped oversee a blockbuster joint report (to which she contributed a chapter) that the Baptist Joint Committee and FFRF issued on Christian nationalism’s role in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
“We had seen examples of violent Christian nationalism even before Jan. 6, like at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in 2015 and the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in 2018. That really urged us to put this project forward,” she tells “Freethought Matters” co-hosts Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor. “People who had maybe not noticed or been concerned about Christian nationalism after seeing those instances of Christian nationalism at the Capitol were looking for resources. They wanted to understand it — and we were there ready to provide those resources to help them understand Christian nationalism.”
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Upcoming shows will include interviews with U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, illustrious illustrator Edward Sorel and freethinker and sculptor Zenos Frudakis, who is creating a memorial to “Forgotten Founder” Thomas Paine. “Freethought Matters” is now in its sixth season. To watch earlier shows, including an interview with freethinker and feminist icon Gloria Steinem, visit the “Freethought Matters” playlist on FFRF’s YouTube channel. Please tune in to “Freethought Matters” . . . because freethought matters.
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