In Hobby Lobby We Don’t Trust: Why Their Independence Day Ad is Full of Distortions and Lies

Since 2008, the Christian-owned chain Hobby Lobby has run full-page ads in newspapers across the country on Independence Day. The ad features quotations from our Founding Fathers and others discussing our country’s “Christian heritage”… and, as you might expect, it takes all sorts of liberties in the process:

Now, the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Andrew Seidel and Chuck Roslof have done what Hobby Lobby refuses to do: Tell the truth about what all those people actually meant and, in some cases, said.

The quotes are meant to give the false impression that the U.S. is a Christian nation and that our nation “trusts in God.” But, just like Hobby Lobby’s god, the quotes aren’t very trustworthy. They are wildly inaccurate in some cases.

They have created a beautiful website that picks apart all of the quotations used in the Hobby Lobby ad — they explain how distorted or irrelevant the statements are, what the actual quotations were (in context), and offer links so you can check it all out for yourself.

For example, Hobby Lobby quoted the French observer Achille Murat in 2009 this way:

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Telling an Employee He Can’t Wear a Tie with Bible Verses on It Isn’t Anti-Christian Persecution

Here’s a simple rule: When you work at a retail store, you’re not supposed to be a walking billboard for your faith.

At a CVS (pharmacy) store in Orange, Virginia over the weekend, a woman went to go pick up her medication and realized that her pharmacist was no longer wearing his usual Bible-verse-patterned tie. She asked him why he wasn’t wearing it and he told her his superiors had told him he couldn’t promote his religion that way during work hours.

She flipped out, called corporate offices, and then left this Facebook note that has racked up more than 129,000 shares since Friday night:

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Steven Pinker Accepts the 2013 Richard Dawkins Award

At the Atheist Alliance of America 2013 National Convention this past weekend, Dr. Steven Pinker received the annual Richard Dawkins Award.

Below is Dawkins’ introduction to the award presentation along with Pinker’s acceptance speech (with admittedly awful sound quality):

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Here’s the Most Anti-Woman, Anti-Gay Sermon You’ve Heard in a Long Time

Pastor Steven Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona wants to make sure we’re ashamed of the right things:

On his list?

Nakedness (9:55 mark). But really, only when it involves women:

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A Glowing Profile of Evolution Warrior Dr. Eugenie Scott

Today’s edition of the New York Times features a wonderful profile of Dr. Eugenie Scott, the long-time executive director of the National Center for Science Education:

Eugenie C. Scott’s journey to the front lines of the evolution wars began in 1974, when James Gavan, a physical anthropologist at the University of Missouri, accepted an invitation to debate Duane Gish, a biochemist and a leader in the creationist movement.

At the time, Dr. Scott was a newly minted professor of physical anthropology at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Gavan had been her mentor at the University of Missouri, where she earned her doctorate, so she took a few of her students to Missouri to hear the debate.

“We were greatly dismayed,” Dr. Scott recalled in an interview. “The scientist talked science, and the creationist connected to the audience and told good jokes and was really personable. And presented a lot of really bad science.”

The most controversial passage in the piece has nothing to do with evolution, but with the age-old question of overlapping magisteria:

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