For Immediate Release
March 28, 2017
Beth Harrison, Hamilton Strategies, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com or Deborah Hamilton, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, ext. 102
Renowned Apologist Alex McFarland to Debate Mikey Weinstein, Founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation
April 11 Event at Colorado Christian University Will Explore Topics of Religious Freedom and Public Accommodation
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—In college, Alex McFarland’s friend asked for help in defending his Christian beliefs to a secular professor. So Alex told his classmate he would research some answers and get back to him. He headed to the college bookstore and picked up “More Than a Carpenter” by Josh McDowell, and in helping his friend stand up for his beliefs, McFarland fell in love with apologetics.
Three decades later, religion and culture expert, national radio host and author Dr. Alex McFarland (www.AlexMcFarland.com) has spoken to hundreds of thousands of young people, teaching them to know what they believe and why they believe it. And over the years, he has debated many atheists, secularists and progressives who doubt the very faith that grounds McFarland and millions like him.
On April 11, McFarland will meet another in that opposition—Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein, founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF)—for a live debate that will, again, communicate to Christians the importance of knowing their faith and knowing how to defend it.
The event is sponsored by the Colorado Fireline Coalition and will be moderated by Dan Caplis, morning radio host for KNUS 710 News/Talk in Denver. For the debate, McFarland will be joined by Theresa Lynn Sidebotham, Esq., founder of Telios Law PLLC, and Weinstein will be joined by Scott Moss, who teaches and conducts research at the University of Colorado Law School.
WHO: Dr. Alex McFarland and Mikey Weinstein
WHAT: Debate on religious liberty in the public square
WHERE: Colorado Christian University Event Center, 8787 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood, CO
WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2017
HOW: For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is free, but registration is required by emailing email@example.com. Video recordings and live broadcasting will be permitted, and a special section will be reserved for press.
- Besides being one of the country’s foremost apologists, Alex McFarland also hosts the American Family Radio Network’s “Exploring the Word” and the weekly television program “Viral Truth” on the National Religious Broadcasters Network. He has authored 18 books, including “Stand Strong America,” “The God You Thought You Knew,” “The 21 Toughest Questions Your Kids Will Ask about Christianity,” “10 Issues that Divide Christians,” “10 Questions Every Christian Must Answer,” “10 Answers for Skeptics,” “10 Answers for Atheists” and many more. He also serves as Director for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at the Christian Worldview Center of North Greenville University in Greenville, S.C., has spoken in all 50 states, has been interviewed by top Christian and secular media outlets, and has spent decades training teens and adults in biblical worldview reasoning. His writing, training and conferences in apologetics—the practice of defending the Christian faith in a world where faith in Christ has declined in the current cultural environment—continues to help numerous young people to find salvation in Jesus Christ.
- Through MRFF, Mikey Weinstein, Esq., works toward the separation of church and state in the armed forces. Weinstein spent three years working for the Reagan administration as legal counsel, and served as the first General Counsel to Texas billionaire and presidential candidate H. Ross Perot and Perot Systems Corporation. Weinstein has appeared on many cable, television and radio networks, and his activism has been covered in print media including the Associated Press, The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Denver Post, The Guardian, and many other national and international newspapers and periodicals. He is the author of “With God On Our Side: One Man’s War Against an Evangelical Coup in America’s Military” and “No Snowflake in an Avalanche.” Weinstein was named one of the 50 most influential Jews in America by the Forward, a preeminent Jewish publication, as well as one of the 100 Most Influential People in U.S. Defense. In 2011, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State presented Weinstein with its first-ever Person of the Year Award, and MRFF has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize seven times.
- Theresa Lynn Sidebotham, Esq., practices litigation, religious law, appellate work and civil rights law. She especially focuses on First Amendment and religious liberties work. She represents religious organizations nationally and internationally on First Amendment issues, policy issues, employment law and investigations—historic and current. She graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College and first in her class from University of Denver Sturm College of Law. She was recently honored as a Super Lawyer and received a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating. She is married to Col. Bruce T. Sidebotham, Chaplain, U.S. Army Reserves, and they have four sons.
- Scott Moss teaches and researches constitutional law, employment law and discrimination, and federal litigation at the University of Colorado Law School. Previously, he spent years litigating individual and class action employment cases. He still litigates, including at trial and on appeal, in Colorado state and federal courts as well as elsewhere, a range of claims, including the following in recent years: election-related First Amendment speech claims; discrimination and unpaid wage employment claims; defamation and related claims arising from spousal abuse allegations; and various commercial claims, including securities fraud, fiduciary duty breach, and legal malpractice. He also has served as a Boulder County hearing officer reviewing challenged employment decision-making.
As he first did 30 years ago for his college friend, McFarland remains committed to helping Christians of all ages defend their faith. His newest book “Abandoned Faith: Why Millennials Are Walking Away and How You Can Lead Them Home,” explores why millennials are leaving the church and how those who love them can bring them back.
Co-authored with apologist and evangelist Jason Jimenez, “Abandoned Faith” features conversations with top Christian leaders who work with millennials and families. McFarland and Jimenez’s research sheds new light on what Christian parents must do to reach their young adult children. “Abandoned Faith” also offers a strong voice of hope for parents, church leaders and others who serve and love the millennial generation.
To book Dr. Alex McFarland for interviews, contact Beth Harrison at 610-584-1096, ext. 104, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, or Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, ext. 102.