1. Humanist Community Forum (2012-08-05) - Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans (David Niose)

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    David Niose, President of the American Humanist Association, will discuss his book "Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans". In it he states: "Today’s culture wars are more heated than ever. Education, public policy, and the separation between church and state have become a battlefield, and many are frustrated with the success the Religious Right has had in shaping the national agenda, from putting the brakes on gay marriage in California to stripping textbooks in Texas of references to Thomas Jefferson. But today, a growing nonreligious minority, nearly 20 percent of Americans, are finally organizing and taking explicit political positions. In Nonbeliever Nation, Niose argues that America was never in fact a Christian nation and shows how the Religious Right successfully took control of the social and political narrative.”

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    • The Humanist Hour #77: Nonbeliever Nation

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      In this month’s podcast, Jes and Todd interview AHA President, freethought activist, blogger and author David Niose, about his book, Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans. Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans Today, nearly one in five Americans are nonbelievers – a rapidly growing group at a time when traditional Christian churches are dwindling in numbers – and they are flexing their muscles like never before. Yet we still see almost none of them openly serving in elected office, while Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and many others continue to loudly proclaim the myth of America as a Christian nation. In Nonbeliever Nation, leading secular advocate David Niose explores what this new force in politics means for the unchallenged dominance of the Religious Right. Hitting on all the hot-button issues that divide the country – from gay marriage to education policy to contentious church-state battles – he shows how this movement is gaining traction, and fighting for its rights. Now, Secular Americans—a group comprised not just of atheists and agnostics, but lapsed Catholics, secular Jews, and millions of others who have walked away from religion—are mobilizing and forming groups all over the country (even atheist clubs in Bible-belt high schools) to challenge the exaltation of religion in American politics and public life. This is a timely and important look at how growing numbers of nonbelievers, disenchanted at how far America has wandered from its secular roots, are emerging to fight for equality and rational public policy. David Niose David Niose’s background includes experience in law and mass communication. Having practiced law in Massachusetts since 1990, Niose has also worked in print and broadcast media, taught both history and law, and written extensively on a wide array of issues. Upon joining the AHA board in 2005, Niose initiated and helped develop the AHA’s media campaign. Niose has appeared in national media and spoken to groups around the country, emphasizing the importance of utilizing mass media to inject humanist ideas into the public dialogue, improve the public image of humanists, and sway public opinion away from the religious right. As an attorney, Niose has advocated for church/state separation and the rights of humanists and other nontheists, and he is currently involved in implementing a legal strategy to enforce the rights of humanists and other nontheists via the avenue of equal protection law. He has worked with the Secular Coalition for America in various positions to help advocate for the rights of Secular Americans, and has served on the boards of Greater Worcester Humanists and Greater Boston Humanists. Links from this month’s episode: Nonbeliever Nation Get the book: Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Nonbeliever-Nation-Rise-Secular-Americans/dp/023033895X Dave’s Book Tour: http://www.americanhumanist.org/AHA/David_Niose_Book_Tour Other Links: LLS Light the Night: www.FoundationBeyondBelief.org American Humanist Association Conference: Save the Date: http://conference.americanhumanist.org/ Music from this month’s episode (in order of appearance): Theme Song: “Sound Scientist” by Bill: http://www.last.fm/music/Bill/_/sound+scientist For complete information on the Humanist Hour podcast, including past episodes, click here: http://podcast.thehumanist.org/

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