Secular Americans have a lot to celebrate these days: The numbers of non-believers are increasing. Church attendance is on the decline. A recent Gallup poll showed that 58% of Americans would consider voting for a non-believer for public office. And the SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage seems to indicate we are moving towards a more reasonable, less dogmatic society. It would be tempting to declare victory and go home, but I’m afraid the road ahead isn’t going to be that easy. As religionists feel more embattled, they may well become more vociferous. We’ve already seen people like Mike Huckabee making statements of anticipatory persecution in order to fire-up the faithful and stoke the “take America back” mentality.
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With these things in mind, on the weekend of July 4th I gave a talk at Houston Oasis entitled, “Secular America.” I’ve had some encouragement to share the talk more widely so here it is. I hope you like some of the ideas presented, and I’d love to hear your thoughts as well. (Upon re-listening to the talk, my delivery seemed a little rough. That’s because the talk was mostly improvised. So I apologize in advance.)