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Nonbeliever Nation by David Niose
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it was amazing

What an eye opening and interesting book! While the title might have you believe that this book is just going to go after religion, that isn't really true. It states the history that religion has played in our country and how it has changed as the religious right has increased their power and stance in politics over the last 3 decades. Our politicians now have no chance of being elected if they dare to not claim a religion or challenge relgious beliefs and agendas. Just a little over a hundred years ago in the 1912 election religion wasn't even a talking point in the debates! In fact, the most religious of the canidates, Woodrow Wilson, laughed at the thought of not believing in evolution, it was pretty much a fact and a non point . He stated that any educated man would certainly have to believe the evidence portrayed for the theory of evolution. Nowadays, it seems canidates get extra brownie points for being as unintellectual as possible. We are going backwards as a country instead of forward and we are pretty much a laughingstock for every other developed secular nation. Now this book isn't stating religion is bad. If it gives someone faith and help in a dark time fine, but when people in high power bring their relgious agenda and so called moral beliefs to the table to impose laws that will affect all people, religious or not, that's where the line should be drawn and the separation of church and state should occur.
Despite the beliefs of many conservative Christians, this country was not founded as a Christian nation, and if you look at any good history book the evidence is there. This country's founding fathers were the least relgious for their time and would be considered deists. They knew what religion did to their home country and wanted to prevent that in the new country. The constitution and Declaration of Independence are written in a very secular way for the time, but today's Christians are twisting it and challenging it to impose more and more religion in government and day to day lives. They seem to ignore that relgious freedom also means freedom from relgion if an individual so chooses but today's policy makers are trying to break that line down little by little to the point of this country heading towards a theocracy rather than the democracy it was originally founded to be.
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