By Ron Millar
Humanists across the nation and around the world are joining in the celebration of Donald Trump’s defeat. We can now embrace hope for progress in a way that wasn’t possible these last four years. While we don’t wish to sink to his level of strident demonization, we do need to recognize that seventy million people voted for the most regressive president our country has seen in over a century. So even while we rejoice, we know our struggle for a more reasonable, egalitarian, compassionate America, has a long way to go.
Polling prior to the 2020 general election generated hope for a clear repudiation of Trump and his Christian nationalist base of support. Sadly, this election demonstrates that a substantial number of Americans continue to embrace the dangerous political agenda of white Christian nationalists. A Biden presidency will offer some protection against the worst aspects of their agenda; however, the results of this election demonstrate that the Christian nationalist’s bigoted, anti-science, racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, and homophobic crusade will continue.
Fortunately, the growth of the atheist and humanist community and our increasing political engagement has the potential to serve as an effective counter to Christian nationalism. Our participation was not enough to make gains in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures this election, but our continued growth and engagement make us a constituency to be reckoned with. The atheist, agnostic, and religiously unaffiliated voting bloc has nearly doubled since 2008—from fifteen percent to twenty eight percent of registered voters. Our community needs to continue to organize and make our values known at the ballot box and members of our community need to run for public office.
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