There was no place for atheists here, with this crowd. The only time I remember hearing the word “atheist” the entire day was when Pat Robertson came to the stage to speak and said that he didn’t care what atheists told them, this land belonged to Jesus! There wasn’t even an attempt to hide the dispensing of secularism here — which, for anyone familiar with Robertson, was not a surprise.
This is the largest problem with events such as this, as well as the worldview it perpetuates and reflects. The über-patriotic, Christian Nation-esque rhetoric associates the greatness of America, including the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, with their form of Christianity. It is a worldview that is myopic and excludes the rest of America, especially those of us who are atheists/humanists/secularists.
They know that atheists, Muslims, Jews, and many other belief systems exist in America, but America is not for them; America is for Jesus. So no matter how nice they were (and most of them were very nice) and no matter how much they gave lip service to religious freedom, they still held a view tying American history to Christian mythology, putting Jesus above everything else.
It is a view which is incompatible with secularism. It is not the secular America that I see and fight for. It is a theocratic America which is now bleeding into the mainstream churches all over America. Therefore, I think that my friend who tapped me on the shoulder was wrong; this event was politically partisan in nature and it leaned conservative.
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