Instead, the fundamentalists will start to experience social liability. Politicians and other public figures will not only stop giving lip service to God and faith, they'll stop using it for the decisions that drive our country. The dozens of members of Congress who are currently in the closet about their nonbelief will come out, and more will join them in running successful campaigns on their vigorous approach to reason and science. And by basing decisions on real-world information and the consequences for real people, we'll be more compassionate and less discriminatory. We'll also be more successful in our work for everything from curing diseases to slowing the slide toward dangerous global climate change. This will be good for America at every level and better position us to be the world leader our history suggests we can be.
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