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  •  "become a significant number " (3+ / 0-)
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    Fishtroller01, artmartin, Noodles

    15 to 20% of the American population seems like quite a significant number of people and potential voters  to me.

    I can see Obama closing verbal presentations with " God Bless America " for its appeal to voters but what I question about is, what is the Democrat Party doing in an organized effort to access that 15 to 20 %, If Anything ?

    •  Obama seems to be doing (2+ / 0-)
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      ScienceMom, Calamity Jean

      everything in his power to push away this demographic. Just read my post below about his latest demonstration of ignorance concerning church/state.

    •  You're assuming that said 15-20% is monolithic, (0+ / 0-)

      but it's not.

      Big difference between being a "non-believer" ( funny term, as atheists believe that there are no gods, which is still a belief), and not being enrolled in any particular congregation.

      How many of those 15-20% are Catholics who have left the Church, but still have the dogma internalized? No way to know.

      How many of that 15-20% are following a personal synthetic faith? No way to know.

      I don't think anybody should count on that 15-20% as a voting bloc.

      •  Actually atheists do not believe there are gods (1+ / 0-)
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        It is not a belief system, it is a lack of belief due to no compelling evidence for the existence of gods (for most atheists). To call it a belief system would be the same as saying that people who don't collect stamps participate in a hobby of not collecting stamps.

      •  I think that most of the 15-20% would agree on... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...the point that those trying to establish changes in law based on some group's narrow interpretation of a book that they themselves reject in whole or in part, and thus being a non or quasi-believer, would be a block. They would agree that any movement to make this a Christian nation and enshrining that viewpoint in law and culture is working against the constitution and the clear intent of the framers. A person who is spiritual but not adhering to any established denomination or sect has likely rejected the voice of any formal religious authority.

        There are lots of mainstream believers who also feel that any religious viewpoint needs to be kept separate from government. If the 15% defend their vote as a block it could be enough, when adding most other people who don't want to be told what their morality must consist of, to keep a permanent voting block against theocracy in place. Also non-belief is currently the fastest growing 'religious' group in the nation. And has been for going on a decade.

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