Despite this being an excellent year for atheism, it would be a mistake to overlook the continued influence of the so-called Religious Right. Lest there be any doubt, I encourage you to check out this evidence that they are setting new funding records. In fact, Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State warns that the Christian extremist movement may be more powerful than ever in 2008.
This means that it is even more important for those of us in the growing secular community to continue to defend reason, ask for evidence, and promote a reality-based worldview. I suppose the silver lining to this particular cloud is that a strong religious extremist movement virtually guarantees that our ranks will continue to swell. As more Americans grow dissatisfied with extremist religion, they may become more willing to consider the possibility of life without the delusion of faith.
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