Few lawmakers openly nonreligious
Many lawmakers feel a sense of pride when asked to give the invocation to open a House session, but Rep. Juan Mendez of Arizona was gripped by a different emotion.
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#1 Dec 21, 2013
Abrasiveness of some non-believers might be one problem, but the outrage they feel may be in reaction to attitudes like that of Bush41...
In the USA, religionists such as Palin and Bachmann who appear deeply superstition and borderline crazy can be elected, yet intelligent non-believers are more distrusted or even despised. That can't be good for US society or politics.
The difference between the USA and the Middle-East is separation of Church and State. Secularism keeps society safe from religions...
Quote, "While the [Middle East] region is awash with a political resurgence in Islamism following the Arab Spring protests, another movement on the ground has also gained momentum the secular blowback. While some Muslim-majority countries do not make atheism a specific crime, most do not make it very hospitable for these none-practitioners, either. Atheists can be prosecuted under criminal law and legal loopholes, for blasphemy or for inciting hatred."
Religion = superstition
Theology = mythology
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