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Considering that fundamentalism is also trending upward, it's unlikely that America will be an island of secular values and idyllic happiness anytime in the near future. But in the meantime, how can we better deal with our 5000-year-old brethren? Is there hope for the future, or is our nation beginning its slow slide from pluralism into two radically different sets of religious ideologies? Short of convincing all of our friends to stop attending church immediately (really), let's take comfort from the all-time high number of Americans who see religion as losing influence in America. This does present the dilemma of how a force that's losing ground in popular opinion can still be convincing people of
But seriously, how can we get along?
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The other major tool I would encourage everyone to use in our ongoing struggle to find common ground with believers is the element of surprise. Surprise them! Surprise them that you have a rigorous and complex set of morals, even if it isn't codified in some nonsense book. Surprise them that you're an atheist, if you feel that's wise. Surprise them that you've been listening to their spiritual hootenanny for years and find it extremely amusing. We don't always have to quarrel with believers, or despise their beliefs. Let's take a while to learn from each other.