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"Obama 2016" film author set for OSU religion debate

September 19, 2012

Is Christianity Good for American Politics?
By Oregon State University Socratic Club

Whether we look at the Tea Party or the Occupy Movement, the Religious Right or the Progressive Left, at Paul Ryan’s or Nancy Pelosi’s Catholicism, or the race for the White House in 2012, Christianity has a tremendous impact on American politics. Is Christianity beneficial to American politics or is it dangerous? Is it good that many politicians are influenced by religious views? Can we trust political leaders that either place God above country or do not believe in a God at all? Is Christianity essential for solving our policy problems or is it getting in the way of finding real solutions? How much will this issue impact the 2012 election and America’s future? Our distinguished speakers will answer these questions, presenting divergent views.

Dinesh D’Souza is a nationally known author, educator, columnist, and debater, whose books appear regularly on the New York Times list of best sellers. His books include Godforsaken: Is there a God who cares? Yes. Here’s Proof, Life after Death: The Evidence, and What’s So Great about Christianity? He formerly served as a White House policy analyst and fellow of the American Enterprise Institute and the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. In 2010 he was named president of King’s College in New York City. He stars in the newly released film 2016: Obama’s America. This will be his third appearance at the Socratic Club.

Michael Shermer is the Founding Publisher of Skeptic Magazine, the Executive Director of the Skeptics Society, and the host of the Skeptics Distinguished Science Lecture Series at Caltech. His books include Thee Believing Brain, Why Darwin Matters: Evolution and the Case against Intelligent Design, and How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God. He is a monthly columnist for Scientific American and Professor at Claremont Graduate University and Chapman University. He is appearing for a third time at the Socratic Club.

Join us Monday, October 8th, at 7 p.m.,, at LaSells Stewwart Center on the OSU campus

For more information visit our website at Please use the contact form to request special accommodations. Watch more than 20 of our previous debates online at

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