Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Religion in Disney World's Hall of Presidents

Over at Religion in American History (I like its new look), Elesha Coffman reflects on a visit to Disney's Hall of Presidents.  Here is a taste:

Surprised by a mid-day, 20-degree temperature drop at Disney World last month, my daughter and I took shelter in the Hall of Presidents, an exhibit we probably would have skipped otherwise. The show consisted of a film, narrated by Morgan Freeman, and animatronic figures of all 44 presidents, of whom only Abraham Lincoln and Barack Obama had memorable speaking parts. The overall presentation was short on overt religious references—I caught a few mentions of God by Lincoln, a photo (not commented upon) of LBJ with Billy Graham, and a chorus of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” in the finale—but it instead provided an interesting perspective on the president as, in the recently controversial words of Atlanta pastor Andy Stanley, the nation’s “pastor in chief.”

Read the rest here.