Comment: Easy PUG,

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Easy PUG,

I will not address the first of your rambling revisionism. As far as the "debunking God part of the movement is such a stain that makes so many not take us seriously" - I think it is the other way around. Over 85% of the nation is Christian in the most religious nation on the entire Earth. It is your flock that has created the stain.

The "enlightenment" you mock, specifically the American Enlightenment that gave us the Declaration of Independenct and the Constitution, does not require faith, nor does it require atheism. That is the great BEAUTY of what "we" should have in common. Yes, most people in the world are concerned with self-preservation and security - as are the nonreligious. That is a nonsequitur, there is no difference.

You only know about those of us here who are nonreligious/freethinkers/whatever because we, on rare occasion, jump in to defend ourselves or someone like us. On the other hand, there are Christians who are constantly condemning others and beating their chests about their world-view here, all the while their kin, their fellow religious, the gigantic, ginormous, overwhelmingly huge majority of over 90% of this nation (yet somehow still the constant wailing victims of discrimination, not sure how that works) have done such a wonderful job of 'not' killing millions of innocent people and maintaining our wealth and keeping the Constitution.

Perhaps it is you that need some guidance about the American Enlightenment. Perhaps it would be best to see the glory in the subject of the article in question - a rare example of the enlightenment, and the Constitution, still working.

"In the beginning of a change the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."--Mark Twain