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Nonbeliever Nation
The Rise of Secular Americans
 
 
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16 Aug 2012
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Today's culture wars are more heated than ever. Education, public policy, and the separation between church and state have become a battlefield, and many are frustrated with the success the Religious Right has had in shaping the national agenda, from putting the brakes on gay marriage in California to stripping textbooks in Texas of references to Thomas Jefferson. But today, a growing nonreligious minority, nearly 20 percent of Americans, are finally organizing and taking explicit political positions. In Nonbeliever Nation, David Niose argues that America was never in fact a Christian nation and shows how the Religious Right successfully took control of the social and political narrative. He takes us across the country to meet the secular groups now forming in opposition to that force - from humanist gatherings to the rise of the New Atheists to the explosion of secular groups on college and even high school campuses. Niose discusses their political goals, including lobbying efforts, legal strategies, and outreach through advertising and education, and what still needs to be done to make the secular voice a game-changer in American politics.


Description

Today's culture wars are more heated than ever. Education, public policy, and the separation between church and state have become a battlefield, and many are frustrated with the success the Religious Right has had in shaping the national agenda, from putting the brakes on gay marriage in California to stripping textbooks in Texas of references to Thomas Jefferson. But today, a growing nonreligious minority, nearly 20 percent of Americans, are finally organizing and taking explicit political positions. In Nonbeliever Nation, David Niose argues that America was never in fact a Christian nation and shows how the Religious Right successfully took control of the social and political narrative. He takes us across the country to meet the secular groups now forming in opposition to that force - from humanist gatherings to the rise of the New Atheists to the explosion of secular groups on college and even high school campuses. Niose discusses their political goals, including lobbying efforts, legal strategies, and outreach through advertising and education, and what still needs to be done to make the secular voice a game-changer in American politics.


Reviews

"David Niose is a leading advocate for America's secular movement. In Nonbeliever Nation, he demonstrates not only that America's secular demographic is more numerous and better organized than ever, but that this segment of society offers much hope for rational public policy and discourse." - Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and the author of The Better Angels of our Nature


"Dave Niose is a highly valued and respected leader in the secular movement." - Wendy Kaminer, author of Free for All and I’m Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional

"Dave Niose writes clearly and concisely and advocates effectively for the secular tradition. I expect Secular Americans who read this book will feel more motivated to seek the visibility and respect they so richly deserve." - Herb Silverman, president of the Secular Coalition for America

"David Niose is a talented writer with keen insights into contemporary secularism. As a key leader in the secular movement, Niose is uniquely situated to help Americans understand this fast-growing phenomenon." - Rob Boston, author of Why the Religious Right is Wrong About Separation of Church and State


Contents

Introduction
The Wedding Invitation
A Religious People?
A Secular Heritage
Secularity and Morality
The Disaster of the Religious Right
Better Late Than Never: Secular Americans Emerge
Reason for Hope: Secular Students
When 'Happy Holidays' is an Act of Hostility
A New Plan of Action
A Secular Future
Afterword


Authors

DAVID NIOSE is President of the American Humanist Association and an attorney who has litigated on behalf of secular groups and individuals in church-state and equal rights matters. Author of the popular Psychology Today blog Our Humanity, Naturally, he has been interviewed on national television and radio including Fox News, the Associated Press, The National Journal, the BBC, Thom Hartmann's show, Alan Colmes Radio Show, and many others. Niose has also served on the Advisory Board of the Secular Coalition for America and initiated the first-ever national advertising campaign by a secular group in America.