Friday, September 25, 2009

On atheism in politics

On atheism in politics:

There is a certain reluctance, or so it seems, of non-religious Americans to enter the arena of mainstream politics. Atheism, for the most part, remains on the outside of most law-making questions (or, at least, it appears to choose camping on the political fringe). This attitude isn't generally shared by its religionist counterparts. The peculiar difference may become one of religions biggest future problems.

The nation's church groups, the religions, perhaps by their nature to unabashedly foster dogmatic thinking in top down fashion, Lording it over the minds of their own, are far less awkward about openly stating the opinion of the church over even the most mundane issues of the day. The pulpit speaks its mind loudly, clearly and without hesitation on whatever it wants the nation's policy makers (and its own flock) to decide. Truly, the church isn't shy, and it never has been, when it comes to sending out its political laundry list. And what do the sheep do...? To often, they follow.

Atheists, non-religious people, secularists, are quite different. Some might chalk up the relative silence from the godless community to a general immaturity of its groups; to its still undecided and loosely formed organizational hierarchies; and, to its primary superpower nemesis, the ever-present naturally occurring un-herdible cat problem. Bunk! That's not how it is - not at all.

If you haven't yet had a go at reading Dan Gilgoff's recent article, "4 Ways the 'No Religion' Boom Will Alter American Politics," then have at it: here. Atheism, the fastest growing "belief segment" of society, is poised to make new marks on the pages of American political history.


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