The move toward American Theocracy by the empowered evangelical 'elite' in the US has made it almost impossible for an atheist or non-christian to be elected to office.  Schools are having their curriculum undermined by creationist who wish to revise history, remove evolution from science, and prevent teaching sexual health and pregnancy prevention.  Atheist fear reprisals for not being christian and are often discriminated against at work, socially, and most especially in the military. American as a "Christian Nation" is not a free nation or an ethical one.


Please- What ideas do you have on combating this most dangerous decline in American intellectual and social standards? I'm especially interested in ideas from outside the US.  Whatever you wish to add.

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Not all, very well stated!!

I do empathize with you on your accurate listings of society's values reflected in salaries paid-for-services rendered. It's true that for just a single season salary of one Major League Baseball superstar, you could fund the salaries and retirements (with benefits) of 100 science teachers for their entire careers!
That factoid used to give me heartburn when Dave Winfield's Yankee contract was just in the low single digit millions. But I gave up worrying about teachers et. al. not getting paid what they were worth when a friend said..."What makes you think that anyone gets paid what they're worth? You get paid what the market will bear. It's not about your worth as a person. Do you really think that Mr. Carroll the physics teacher isn't worth as much or more than Dave Winfield? Money doesn't measure that at all."
Donald Trump may measure his value as a person and his success by his net worth but I don't and haven't since that occurence. I sleep better too.


I am saddened to hear about this.But just imagine,if it is so difficult for an atheist in USA,then how difficult it must be for an atheist like me in India !!



My heart goes out to you, Jitendra.
However, the biggest threat to the openly non-religious person in America comes from the meddlesome Evangelical Christian Far Right (AKA "Pentacostal" movement). During the administration of Ronald Reagan, (starting in 1980), these intollerant Red State rubes began to politicize 'faith' and demand that religion be infused into government. In so doing, they completely ignored the "separation" stipulations of our Constitution. It is an ongoing battle which is essentially a latent attribute of our capitalist economy. Many other seemingly economically neutral issues, like 'racism' for example, can ultimately find their hidden derivative origins within the basement engines of capitalism. So, as India continues to emerge as a capitalistic democracy, have a care as to any newly appearing power levers for societal ostracism and control--- along with anything that will split and hold 'the people' apart to prevent them from developing class consciousness and coalescing into groups with clout.




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