The Secular Activist

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Are you interested in preserving the constitutional principle of church-state separation? Do you think a secular system is the only way to ensure freedom of religion and conscience for all? Do you want creationism out of classrooms, religious dogma out of health care, and sectarian prayers out of government meetings? If so, as secular writer and activist Dan Arel demonstrates in word and deed, think again. Drawing on his experience fighting to keep $18 million in taxpayer money out of the construction of the Noah’s Ark theme park in Kentucky, Arel makes clear that the only way to stop the Religious Right’s assault on the wall separating church and state is for each of us to be active and vocal. He offers pragmatic lessons and guidance for protecting secularism, whether by raising awareness on social media, protesting in the public square, or knocking on doors in government corridors. For those who are waiting for others to stand up against antisecular forces, he reminds that each of us can make an individual difference—and that ultimately we must be the wall separating church and state.


Dan Arel is an award-winning freelance journalist who writes full time for Danthropology, his blog on the Patheos Network, and whose work has appeared in Time, Salon, AlterNet, the Huffington Post, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science website, American Atheist magazine, and many other outlets. He is the author of Parenting Without God. David Silverman is president of American Atheists and author of Fighting God: An Atheist Manifesto for a Religious World.