...but I'm not entirely sure as I can be slow, particularly when I'm tired and wandering in a realm beyond my normal zone of obsession. While in catching up mode this week, I came across this story about a recent speech given by the judge in the Dover case.
"The founders believed that true religion was not something handed down by a church or contained in a Bible, but was to be found through free, rational inquiry," said Jones, who was thrust into the national spotlight by last year's court fight over the teaching of evolution in the Dover school district.
"This core set of beliefs led the founders, who constantly engaged and questioned things, to secure their idea of religious freedom by barring any alliance between church and state."
I'd like to find the full text of his speech if for no other reason that I can send it on to He Who Knows More Than I and see if his reaction is you call THAT a description of theistic rationalists? HA!!! I'LL give you a description of theistic rationalists!!! And then he'll do so as I take notes to guide me through my later research.
This gets the research tag because it dovetails with stuff I'm learning about the persecution of Baptists in the colonies during slavery times which I stumbled across while researching for another project. I have much more to track down, but just the wee bit I've learned so far (which has my jaw on the floor) slots into random musings that flare in my head at night whenever I come across yet another false claim by the fundamentalist Christian religious block that Everybody Is Out To Get Them. Just as Blackitude Urban Legends about the origin of AIDS and the black night trains track back to true incidents we as a group remember that the mainstream culture does not, I wonder if the intra-cultural memory of what appears to have been a vicious campaign against fundies in the past is partial fuel to their current wave of paranoia-based activism?
I shall mull. I also think I need to supplement diving through scholar archives by hunting down a preacher man or four to chat with...