Atheists, Vote Like Your Life Depends on It

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In the United States, we like to talk about our rights. We rarely have much to say about the many responsibilities that go along with these rights. But we sure do love to discuss our rights! And so help anybody who threatens to restrict them.

One of these rights is the right to vote. Our low voter turnout suggests that too few of our neighbors exercise this right. They'll offer many reasons for this, and some seem more valid than others.

Atheists and other non-Christians should have among the highest voter turnout of all. Why? Because of how much we stand to lose when Christian extremists gain power. We should vote like our lives depend on it because they do.

Christian extremists like Nick Fuentes are broadcasting the plan. They want the death penalty for non-Christians. This isn't a secret. We ignore the threat at our own peril. We should keep it in mind when we aren't excited about any of our local, state, and federal candidates. If we need a reason to go to the polls, this could be it.

We're busy, tired, and overworked. It isn't easy to get to the polls. We have other things to do. And when we vote, it rarely seems to make a difference. Why bother? 

Bother because you value your life or the lives of other non-Christians. Bother because you don't like what the Christian extremists have in store for us. Bother because you don't want to live in their world.

Whenever my motivation to vote wanes, I plan to think of Fuentes. The same will be true for any type of secular activism. This isn't about upholding abstract principles or doing the right thing. It is about our survival. If we want to have a future, we need to expand our efforts to oppose Christian extremism.

For more on the subject of Christian extremism from the perspective of a Christian, check out Tim Alberta's new book, The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism

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