• Politicians given advice on how to reach out to secularists; will they ever try?

    With the religiously unaffiliated, the most rapdily growing segment of the society, at 20% of the pupolation (currenty), and with atheists and agnostic (36% of the unaffilicated) and seculars (39% of the unaffiliated) together making up 3/4 of this group, amounting to a total of 15% of the population, you would think that politicians would be trying to winning our votes. Correct?

    Well if they are interested, there is good advice for them. On Salon, there are a few recommendations that certainly would help any politician win over secularist vote. The problem: with the political right firmly under the thumb of the religious right, the left shows no interest.

    Consider these twits, for example, from none other than the odious racist Bryan Fischer:

    Yet not all hope is lost. Unlikely at it may sound, the possiblity exists (floated by right wingers themselves) that the right may one day give way under its own weight. Should that ever happen, it will likely open the door to more competetion, and more openness to secularists.

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