Movie Screening: “American Freethought: Volume I” with Tom Flynn and Roderick Bradford
The United States is often called a Christian nation, but America has always been home to individuals who were indifferent to—or opposed to—organized religions. These unbelievers were known as agnostics, atheists, deists, infidels, liberals, and freethinkers.
Authors, abolitionists, editors, attorney, publishers, physicians, scientists, suffragists, and many others joined the American Freethought movement. They embraced evolution and championed science and secularism. They fought for free speech, women’s rights, separation of church and state, and above all, liberty, but they were seen as enemies of God and were shunned, harassed, persecuted, and prosecuted for their unbelief.
Freethinkers viewed history as a continuous struggle between religion and rationalism, between the forces of darkness and light. And though religious fanaticism still exists, freethinkers exposed religion as against reason. In so doing they enlightened generations of Americans.
Join us for a free screening of Volume One of American Freethought, a new film exploring the history of this important movement. This opening segment chronicles the controversy surrounding America’s forgotten founding father, Thomas Paine, and introduces immediatist abolitionists Elizur Wright and Lucretia Mott.
After the film, stay for comments and Q&A with filmmaker Roderick Bradford and co-producer Tom Flynn.
Roderick Bradford is a filmmaker and author of the biography D.M. Bennett: The Truth Seeker (2006) and contributor to The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief (2007) both published by Prometheus Books. In 2011, his film D.M. Bennett: The Truth Seeker (edited by Tom Flynn) received the Portland Humanist Film Festival Grand Prize for Best Feature Length Film.
Tom Flynn is executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism, editor of Free Inquiry magazine, and director of the Robert Green Ingersoll Birthplace Museum. He is editor of The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief, and author of The Trouble with Christmas and The Messiah Game: A Comedy of Terrors.
This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
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