Ben Witherington annoys me.

Patheos makes me feel schizophrenic.  On the one hand they have the Friendly Atheist blog, which is awesome, and makes it look like Patheos pursues only top tier talent.  On the other hand, they have some other blogs that make me wonder if there are any standards in place at all.

(Speaking of bloggers at Patheos, I’ve still heard nothing from Leah Libresco and, at this point, have given up hope that I will.  Too bad.  Should anything change, I’ll let you know.)

Anyway, first it was Elizabeth Scalia with a defense of Libresco and the Catholic church so overflowing with inaccuracies that it pushes the limits of my charity to think it wasn’t purposefully dishonest.  Now I get sent this piece by Ben Witherington dragging out a canard that should’ve died ages ago:

But what about those founding documents— the Declaration, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights. Didn’t they set up a secular society for America? Didn’t they set up ‘a separation of church and state’? Look hard— can you find any clause that uses that phrase in our founding documents? Basically this incorrect. You will fail to find a pronouncement that sets up some Berlin-like wall between the secular and the sacred in these documents.

People like Witherington must think the founding fathers were the biggest bunch of fuck ups to ever stumble onto the continent.  Did they intend to put the bible, Jesus, and Christianity throughout all of our founding documents and just forget?  There’s nary a Republican today that would make such a glaring faux paus!  It’d be everywhere, including right smack dab on the front, John Hancock style (and probably with lots of random capitalization)!

Anyway, it’s for this post by Witherington that my previous post was written.  Jesus Fictional Christ, it’s stuff like this that pushes my charity well over the limit.  Is it too much to ask that people like this do research on a subject before they express an opinion on it?

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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