Sunday, September 27, 2009

The Nones

"Nones" a) are yet another charming word for non-religious people and b) are growing.

This is good. While I admit I get frustrated when someone who is clearly an atheist is uncomfortable applying the word to her or himself, the growth of the non-religious is good news no matter how you slice it.

So how do we benefit from this? How do we keep naivete and/or complacency from leading us back to where we were in national politics in (say) 2003? It has something to do with teaching positive values in families and schools - human moral values based on reason, skepticism, openness and individual accountability.

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