Later today, in Augusta (Georgia), there will be a March for Jesus taking place. (Because Jesus doesn’t know you exist unless you walk single file.)
Can you guess?
After spending a quarter-century as an activist and heading up Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Rev. Barry Lynn may be one of the country’s foremost experts on religious liberty issues. He knows all the ways the leaders of the Religious Right have tried to push their beliefs on society through legislation and lies.
In his new book, God and Government: Twenty-Five Years of Fighting for Equality, Secularism, and Freedom Of Conscience (Prometheus Books, 2015), Lynn compiles much of his writing on these issues over the years while including his current perspective on the subjects.
In the excerpt below from the book’s epilogue (obviously written before the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage equality), Lynn offers his take on what the future of church/state separation looks like:
On August 10, 2005, on the Christian Forums website, a Creationist wondered how apes could possibly come into existence if they only ever mated with their own species. Evolution was clearly wrong because this was a logical impossibility!
A lot of commenters attempted to explain why this was a complete misunderstanding of how evolution works. While some of them were serious, others just mocked the Creationist, in some cases, by imitating her irrational thinking. After one commenter included a 😉 emoticon, someone else responded with: “Good thing you included the winky. Otherwise people might think you are serious.”
And then Nathan Poe jumped in: