Triangle Freethought Society
"Stories from the Artist, World Traveler,
Scott Burdick painting Masai villagers.
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
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.
watching. This is as clear an illustration of the evil of religion as I have
come across for a long time.
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
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!