The Secular Activist
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Are you interested in preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation? Do you think a secular system is the only way to ensure freedom of religion and conscience for all? Do you want creationism out of classrooms, religious dogma out of health care, and sectarian prayers out of government meetings? If so, as secular writer and activist Dan Arel demonstrates in word and deed, think again. Drawing on his experience fighting to keep $18 million in taxpayer money out of the construction of the Noah’s Ark theme park in Kentucky, Arel makes clear that the only way to stop the Religious Right’s assault on the wall separating church and state is for each of us to be active and vocal. He offers pragmatic lessons and guidance for protecting secularism, whether by raising awareness on social media, protesting in the public square, or knocking on doors in government corridors. For those who are waiting for others to stand up against antisecular forces, he reminds that each of us can make an individual difference—and that ultimately we must be the wall separating church and state.
What are people saying about The Secular Activist?
“Secularism needs activism, and Dan Arel shows how to do it. With interesting anecdotes and nuts-and-bolts advice, Arel provides a valuable handbook for those who want to join the fight for reason and church-state separation. This is a useful resource that will enable budding secular activists to effectively engage in the culture wars.” —David Niose, author, Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans; legal director, American Humanist Association
“This big ole crazy planet got you down? Think things are just too big for you to make a difference? Feel totally helpless and don’t know what to do to make it right? You’re not alone. But don’t despair – you can make a difference right here, right now. Get the tools you need to become the activist you want to be in this black-belt course in guerilla world-changing from activist and journalist Dan Arel, the man who makes Ken Ham cry. The future is counting on you and the fight is ours to win!” —David Fitzgerald, author, Nailed and The Complete Heretic’s Guide to Western Religion series
“Reading for entertainment is perfectly fine. But reading to make a change in the lives of others is empowering. The Secular Activist is not only well-written and informative, it’s giving you the tools to be the change you want to see. As I often say, the next mind you change, could change thousands.” —David Smalley, host, Dogma Debate
“The Secular Activist is a must-read for anyone interested in protecting the wall between church and state. Dan Arel shares his own inspiring story of secular activism and also gives us many practical insights on how to become better activists in our own ways. Not only does The Secular Activist get you fired up to fight for change, it will also provide you with the tools to do so!” —Matthew Facciani, sociologist and activist
“The wall of separation between church and state needs defenders from the religious and secular communities. Dan Arel has come along with some great advice for the secular wing, so if you’ve been yearning to find new ways to expand your activism, read The Secular Activist. I think you’ll be inspired and educated by Dan’s experiences. But be warned – it just might change your life!” —Rob Boston, Director of Communications, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
“Dan Arel’s The Secular Activist is anything but a sophomore slump. Arel’s words will revitalize you, affirm your work, in whatever way it may come, and will remind you what is truly at stake with activism. By using both his personal experience and others’, Dan Arel shows the reader the highs and lows of activism, and what the consequences are for simply sitting by and waiting for others to act. A great read for anyone interested in what they can do for the greater good.” —Matthew O’Neil, author, What the Bible Really Does (and Doesn’t) Say About Sex
Parenting Without God
One of the very few parenting books written specifically for the 1 in 5 Americans who lack a belief in God
Parenting Without God is for parents who lack belief in a god and who are seeking guidance on raising freethinkers in a Christian-dominated nation. It will help parents give their children the tools to stand up to attempts at religious proselytization, whether by teachers, coaches, friends, or even other family members. It also offers advice on teaching children to question what others tell them and to reach their own conclusions based on evidence and reason. Above all, the book argues that parents should lead by example—both by speaking candidly about the importance of secularism and by living an openly secular life.
What are others saying about the book?
Dan Arel deftly navigates the child-rearing minefield, revealing the importance and beauty of education over indoctrination, and placing yet another exclamation point on why the next generation should be given the tools and encouragement to discover the world honestly, enthusiastically, and without fear. –Seth Andrews Host of the Thinking Atheist and author of Deconverted: A Journey from Religion to Reason
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