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Monthly Program Meeting
Monthly Program Meeting

1/21/2013

When: Monday
6:30 pm
Where: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, Founders Hall
3313 Wade Avenue
Raleigh  27607
Contact:
Frederic

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Triangle Freethought Society

proudly presents

"Stories from the Artist, World Traveler,

Filmmaker, Atheist”

with Scott Burdick

Scott Burdick painting Masai villagers.

Scott Burdick is known and appreciated around the world for his beautiful paintings, his acclaimed painting courses, and his videos on art and beauty.  Scott and his wife Susan Lyon, also an acclaimed artist, have made their home and refuge among the Appalachian foothills in rural  North Carolina.

It was there that Scott became aware of the rumblings of controversy around the local veteran’s memorial in King, N.C.  Veteran Steven Hewitt, who had served with distinction in Afghanistan, had objected to the Christian flags being flown at the memorial as a violation of church-state separation in the Establishment clause of the US Constitution.  Scott watched as his town erupted in angry controversy, and the flag issue became an issue of "us” vs. "them”--with the "thems” invited to leave by local religious leaders and representatives of the state of North Carolina.  Appalled, Scott first considered leaving the area, but then decided to learn about the anger and frustration of his community by making a film about it.

That idea grew into a year of in-depth interviews with citizens of King and with secularists around the country, and resulted in the stunning documentary film, In God We Trust.

Well worth watching. This is as clear an illustration of the evil of religion as I have come across for a long time.

~Richard Dawkins

Scott’s film has done a great service by alerting religious secularists and nontheists alike to the harm that can be done by religious intrusion into government. Americans United have now filed a lawsuit on behalf of Steven Hewitt. A beautifully edited high-res DVD of Scott's film, including new footage, will be available at the meeting for purchase and signing by Scott.

Scott’s has also produced a wonderful interview of Dan Barker, FFRF co-president. Scott’s latest exciting film project is the March of Reason, a chronicle of the events and personalities around the Reason Rally, American Atheists convention, Rock Beyond Belief, and the star-studded annual fundraising party of the Triangle Freethought Society. Scott is also working on a film about the Good News Club and Child Evangelism Fellowship.

To learn about Scott’s journey to nontheism, and to view his breathtakingly beautiful art, here’s a good place to start

Come, bring friends, and enjoy this special TFS Program!

 

 
 

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