Episode for July 6, 2023

883 Constitutional and civil rights attorney, activist and author Andrew Seidel

Andrew is the author of two books: The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism Is UnAmerican (2019) and American Crusade: How the Supreme Court is Weaponizing Religious Freedom (forthcoming in September). He’s also co-editor of an academic text, Law and Religion: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 2022) 5th Edition, with Prof. Leslie Griffin of UNLV law school.

While writing the epilogue for The Founding Myth, Andrew conceived of and organized the groundbreaking “Christian Nationalism at the January 6, 2021, Insurrection” report which was published by the Baptist Joint Committee and FFRF. He contributed two section, briefed members of Congress on the report, which led to a fiery speech on the House floor, and was asked to submit testimony to the January 6th Committee, which he did in March 2022.

A Senior Correspondent at Religion Dispatches, Andrew’s written many opeds and several scholarly articles, and has debated the existence of God, the tax-exempt worthiness of politicking churches, and whether America was founded as a Christian nation.

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Andrew graduated cum laude from Tulane University (’04) with a B.S. in neuroscience and environmental science and magna cum laude from Tulane University Law School (’09, part of the first post-Katrina class), where he was awarded the Haber J. McCarthy Award for excellence in environmental law. He studied human rights and international law at the University of Amsterdam and traveled the world on Semester at Sea. Andrew completed his Master of Laws at Denver University Sturm College of Law (’11) with a perfect GPA and was awarded the Outstanding L.L.M. Award for his work as the Erik Bluemel International Environmental Law Fellow.



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