May 25, 2010

The Republican War on Secular America

If you're part of secular America – that is, if you're an atheist, an agnostic, a religious liberal or even a mainstream believer who thinks religion should be kept out of politics and vice-versa – then you should be very afraid of what the Republican party has in store for you in 2012.
So begins Dan Kennedy's alarming article in The Guardian. We in the secular community have been pointing this out since at least the 1980s. However, Kennedy has a warning for us that something else is on the way, something new, and something of which we should be particularly concerned.

Kennedy's article is a must-read and something which I hope will generate considerable discussion on atheist blogs as well as on the political left. His claim, in a nutshell, is that the Republican Party is rapidly moving to the right and becoming increasingly hostile to those of us who prefer to base our lives in reality rather than superstition.

I think he's right and that this is something we better be prepared to take seriously. We're used to having religion pushed on us and being told how to live by religious people, but it is becoming more common for us to be defined as the enemy.

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