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In freedom we trust : an atheist guide to religious liberty /
Edward M. Buckner and Michael E. Buckner.
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Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2012.
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281 p. ; 23 cm.
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1616146443 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9781616146443 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2012.
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1616146443 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9781616146443 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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9051181
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-265) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Edward M. Buckner, formerly the president of American Atheists and executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism, is now on the board of directors of American Atheists. Michael E. Buckner is the vice president of the Atlanta Freethought Society.
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"Edward and Michael Buckner know what they are talking about, and they bring the full force and depth of that knowledge to this extraordinary book. At turns passionate and reflective, serious and light, In Freedom We Trust is a major contribution to understanding how religion and government intersect in the United States - and how they do not and must not. Most of all, the Buckners make a powerful case for the importance of getting this right, in the interest of all Americans - religious and nonreligious alike." - Dale McGowan, PhD, Professor and author of Parenting beyond Belief and Atheism for Dummies "Writing with a clear voice and a generous spirit, the Buckners provide a much-needed reminder of the core value of religious freedom - including the right not to believe. This rousing defense of secular government deserves wide dissemination. I wish someone would read it to Pat Robertson!" - Rob Boston, Senior policy analyst, Americans United for Separation of Church and State "Edward and Michael Buckner have written a rousing, lucid, and highly entertaining guide to why the United States is, and should continue to be, a secular nation that protects all its citizens' freedoms equally - be they of this religion, that religion, or no religion at all. The Buckners do a thrillingly effective demolition job on the myths and lies peddled by those who want to turn America into yet another theocracy, and spell out exactly why they are, in reality, deeply un-American." - Stephen Law, Senior lecturer in philosophy, Heythrop College, University of London, and author of Believing Bullshit "A must-read book for the secularist who wishes to argue on a factual basis, but even more relevant for those open-minded religionists (they are out there) who may disagree with the Buckners about the import of faith but share their priority to defend the separation of church and state." - Massimo Pigliucci, Professor, City University of New York "In this readable, well-documented book, both seasoned debaters and inquiring minds will find solid arguments for why we can be either a free nation or a Christian nation, but not both, and why the religious liberty of each individual can be protected only if everyone's religious or nonreligious liberty is equally protected." - Herb Silverman, Founder and president of the Secular Coalition for America and author of Candidate without a Prayer
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Summaries
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With a list of key dates related to the history of secular America, notes, bibliography, and glossary, covering issues from the two-centuries-long debate over religion and secularism, this work offers important facts and arguments for anyone with an interest in freedom of conscience.
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Opponents attack the president of the United States for not being a real Christian. Bitter arguments erupt over whether the United States is or should be a Christian nation. The contentious issues are not just recent developments but were also topics of fierce debate in the late 18th century. In Freedom We Trust explores the issues from the two-centuries-long debate over religion and secularism in America. Taking an unabashedly atheist point of view, it argues that everyone - from evangelical Christian to ardent atheist - needs a secular America and separation of church and state. With a list of key dates related to the history of secular America, notes, bibliography, and glossary, In Freedom We Trust offers important facts and arguments for secular humanists and anyone with an interest in freedom of conscience.
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Bitter arguments erupt over whether the United States is or should be a Christian nation. The contentious issues are not just recent developments, but were also topics of fierce debate in the late 18th century. 'In Freedom We Trust' explores the issues from the two-centuries-long debate over religion and secularism in America. Taking an unabashedly atheist point of view, it argues that everyone from evangelical Christians to ardent atheists needs a secular America and a separation of church and state.
Main Description
Opponents attack the president of the United States for not being a real Christian. Bitter arguments erupt over whether the United States is or should be a Christian nation. Sound familiar? These contentious issues are not just recent developments but were also the topics of fierce debate in the late eighteenth century. Like President Obama today, President Thomas Jefferson had to contend with accusations that his religious convictions were questionable. Against complaints that the writers of the Constitution did not invoke God, John Adams replied, "It will never be pretended that any persons employed in that service had interviews with the gods." This book covers these and other related issues from the two-centuries-long debate over religion and secularism in America. Taking an unabashedly atheistic point of view, the father-and-son authors argue that everyone-from evangelical Christian to ardent atheist-needs a secular America and separation of church and state. They examine the decidedly unchristian roots of the Fourth of July, the important difference between "tolerance" and "toleration," the misleading confusions related to the difference between "public" and "governmental," the value of secular schooling, the erroneous contention that atheism is equivalent to immorality and therefore dangerous, and a host of other contemporary and historical topics. With a list of key dates related to the history of secular America, notes, bibliography, and glossary, In Freedom We Trust offers important facts and arguments for secular humanists and anyone with an interest in freedom of conscience.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 11
Why Secularism? The Basic Logical and Philosophical Argumentp. 27
Atheists Are Not Un-American: Atheists Are, Despite Congressman Rabaut, American Through and Throughp. 37
Religion and Politics Now: The Political State of the Arguments over Secularism in the Context of a Presidential Electionp. 43
Why Next Gingrich's Abuse of Language Matters to the Defense of Secularismp. 63
History Is Not on the Side of the Angels: The General History That Supports Secularism and Separation of Church and Statep. 69
The Unchristian Roots of the Fourth of Julyp. 83
The Unchristian Nature of the US Constitutionp. 89
From the Shores of Tripoli … Why a 1796-1797 US Treaty Mattersp. 101
Ten Commandments-Religious Manifesto or Political Gimmick?p. 109
Tolerance, Toleration, and Liberty: The Historical Contextp. 117
Secular Schooling: Public-School Policies and Curriculum Questions Affecting Religious Libertyp. 123
Holy Days and Holidays in a Secular Society: Who Could Be against a Day off, Anyway?p. 133
He Who Is Not with Me Is against Me: Contrary to the Reported Words of Jesus, Secularism Is Not Anti-Christianp. 137
The Naked Public Square? Clearing Up Confusion, Even among Secularists, about the Difference between "Public" and "Civic"p. 143
The Big Lie: Morality and Conscience in a Secular Societyp. 151
God's Law: Sharia and the Ten Commandments versus the Constitutionp. 159
Blasphemy and Heresy: Where Free Speech and freedom of Religion Must Meetp. 177
What in the Name of God? Why "God" Doesn't Belong in America's Motto or in Any Official Pledges of Allegiancep. 185
Questions: Frequent Questions or Claims by Christian-Nation Proponents with Specific Answers to the Claimsp. 191
Conclusion: The United States Is and Should Remain a Free Country and Not a Christian Nationp. 209
Acknowledgmentsp. 213
Appendix: Key Dates-A List of Important Dates Related to the History of a Secular United Statesp. 215
Notesp. 219
Glossaryp. 253
Selected Bibliography: Sources and Related Writing regarding Secularism and Religious Libertyp. 257
Indexp. 267
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