Thank God Rep. Pete Stark of California has acknowledged that he is a Unitarian who does not believe in a Supreme Being. We nonbelievers are probably the most unjustifiably ostracized group of human beings in the United States today.
Nonbelievers are in a “Don’t ask, don’t tell” category of their own. A nonbeliever could not possibly hope to become president in this super-religious country at the present time. And in this climate of faith and fable, it would be very difficult to get elected to any other office unless the office-seeker kept his or her mouth shut and pretended to be a believer.
The truly sad result of this prejudice is that nonbelievers tend to form their own beliefs and values as a process involving personal experience and thought rather than after a weekly frenzy in a house of worship.
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