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By David Niose

Today, one in 5 american citizens are nonbelievers―a swiftly turning out to be staff at a time while conventional Christian church buildings are dwindling in numbers. nonetheless we see nearly none of them brazenly serving in elected workplace, whereas Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and so on proceed to loudly proclaim the falsehood of the US as a Christian kingdom. In Nonbeliever Nation, major secular recommend David Niose demands nonreligious american citizens from all backgrounds to step out of the shadows and sign their competition to the long-dominant spiritual correct. Exploring the entire hot-button concerns that divide the country―from homosexual marriage to schooling coverage to contentious church-state battles―he exhibits how Secular Americans―a workforce comprised not only of atheists and agnostics, yet lapsed Catholics, secular Jews, and hundreds of thousands of others who've walked clear of prepared religion―are mobilizing and forming teams all around the state (even atheist golf equipment in Bible-belt excessive faculties) to problem the exaltation of faith in American politics and public lifestyles. it is a well timed and demanding examine a transforming into demographic that's flexing its muscle tissue for the 1st time.

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When Secular Americans criticize Haggard, the criticism is not for the fact that he was in the closet about his bisexuality, nor is it even for the adulterous nature of his affair. These issues are personal and not the public’s business. From the standpoint of Secular Americans, even the hypocrisy of criticizing homosexuality while simultaneously engaging in intimate same-sex relationships is only of minimal relevance. The real issue jumping out at the secular community is that conservative Christianity sends a clear message that the nontheistic, nonreligious worldview is inherently evil.

The humor compounds itself, however, in the response of the attendees to Gingrich’s speech. One audience member told the Politico reporter, “I was really impressed with his sincere faith. ”31 Yes indeed, so long as we keep Secular Americans marginalized, the nation can continue to be led by men of God such as Gingrich. The misuse of religion—and the simultaneous unfair marginalization of secularity—is frequently an element in sex scandals involving closeted gay public figures. Commonly, we see individuals at the center of these affairs who have advocated against gay rights, and frequently the antigay zeal is accompanied by righteous religious rhetoric.

Increasingly, however, some in the Religious Right are speaking more boldly, claiming that America is a “Christian nation” and that the concept of separation of church and state should be questioned. For example, Representative Michele Bachmann is on record telling a group of students that constitutional church-state separation is “a myth,”3 a suggestion that would have seemed ludicrous a generation ago but is now commonplace. The “Christian nation” idea is popular not just at the outer regions of fundamentalism, but with high-profile figures.

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