By Adam Lee
You’d never guess, from the public face the Democratic party presents, that atheists are a loyal and increasingly important constituency.
At the Democratic National Convention last week, God and religion were front and center. Clergy members gave fiery addresses. Hillary Clinton avowed her Methodist faith, while her running mate, Tim Kaine, spoke about his work as a Catholic missionary in Honduras. Almost every speaker ended with the rote and obligatory “God bless America”.
The official 2016 Democratic party platform isn’t any more encouraging. Arguably the most inclusive in the party’s history, it prominently mentions racial minorities, the LGBT community, the disabled and many other marginalized groups. But in spite of all this inclusion, it somehow couldn’t find the space to nod to the millions of Americans who hold no religious faith. Instead, it singles out “people of faith and religious organizations” for praise, and emphasizes helping people to achieve their “God-given” potential.
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