Friday, April 10, 2009

Is the US a Xtn nation - Ken Blackwell debates Christopher Hitchens

Blackwell, former Ohio Secretary of State, debates noted atheist Christopher Hitchens relative to the US being a Christian nation.

Blackwell, who now works for the ultra-right wingnut group, the Family Research Council, didn't have a chance! Probably because he has no clue as to what he's talking about.

If you haven't read the Newsweek story, "The Decline and Fall of Christian America," by editor Jon Meacham, it's worth a look. For one thing, he gives too much attention and credence to R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mohler, a rabid fundamentalist, represents only one very noise segment of Christianity, and would be shunned by many of the mainstream denominations - their clergy and laity - as an example of ignorance and superstition.

Nevertheless, Meacham makes many interesting observations and from what the most recent polls indicate, the number of people who identify as Christians is dropping, while the numbers for unaffiliated as well as atheists and agnostics is growing.


Grandpa Eddie said...

Hitchens did a beautiful job here. No matter how hard Blackwell tried, he didn't have a leg to stand on, as far as I concerned anyway.

Bob Poris said...

Newsweek did a good job. Meacham is a practicing Christian and an intelligent man. I thoroughly enjoy him when he is guest on the Charlie Rose show, particularly. One doesn’t have to be dumb just because one is a Christian, Jew, Muslim atheist etc.

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