by Jesse Galef -
In less than three hours, I’ll be part of a delegation of 60+ atheists who are meeting with Obama administration officials for a policy briefing to discuss some of our concerns. Although administrations regularly engage with religious groups for such meetings, this will be the first ever with the American nontheist community. Suffice to say, this would not have happened in previous years. It’s the latest signal in a growing relationship between our community and the administration.
I’ll write more after the event, but if you’re looking for more information, you can check out this McClatchy news article about us (we already got some coverage!) or the press release issued by the Secular Coalition f0r America. Two fun quotes:
“We cannot accept religious interference in government – whether it’s loopholes in child abuse laws for ‘faith healing,’ or preaching to enlisted members of the military,” said U.S. Rep. Pete Stark. “I commend the Secular Coalition for briefing the Obama Administration about these matters of religious freedom.”
Daniel Dennett, celebrated philosopher, author of the influential book Breaking the Spell, and member of the SCA Advisory Board, highlighted the significance of the meeting, noting, “The category ‘no religion’ is the fastest growing category in America, and it is high time political leaders begin to take us seriously as a voting group whose approval they should hope to deserve.”