Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of my joining the Secular Coalition for America as its Executive Director. In the letter I wrote introducing myself I said, "I am here to lead the fight against the wave of religious privilege sweeping across the country.
This is the letter I wrote on November 9, the day after the presidential election. That day, countless supporters of the Secular Coalition emailed me to ask how the outcome of the election would impact the separation of church and state. The letter below is my honest response to that question.
With less importance placed on religion in this presidential election, I'm hoping future candidates will be judged on their political positions and their character, rather than on their professed religious beliefs.
You might say I watched the October 4 vice presidential debate "religiously." I thought the moderator's most interesting question was whether Tim Kaine and Mike Pence had ever struggled to balance their personal faith with a public policy decision.
A white doctor in the rural South is presumed to be a Republican and a Christian. Wynne LeGrow, a hard-working doctor in Emporia, Virginia, was neither, but he kept his political and religious beliefs to himself. He felt that his liberal political views would turn off most of his patients, and his atheism would shock almost everyone.