April 28, 2012, 10:26 am
Forgive the purplish title of this post. And forgive that this post actually refers to another post I wrote somewhere else. But please trust that the predicament of secularism has been preoccupying me for more than a decade.
The article I am referring to is entitled “The Death of American Secularism” and it just appeared in the New Humanist, published by the Rationalist Association of the United Kingdom.
Now, I don’t think American secularism is dead yet. Though in that piece as well as the many others I have written, I find myself using terms like “concussed,” “woozy,” “disoriented,” “comatose,” and so forth to describe the patient.
In my book, which will appear this fall, How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom, I first set out to figure out how and why American secularism ended up in such disrepair.
I identified, literally, dozens of pathologies. Yet one…