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Atheist AwakeningSecular Activism and Community in America$
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Richard Cimino and Christopher Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199986323

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199986323.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Atheist Awakening

Richard Cimino

Christopher Smith

Oxford University Press

This chapter opens with an account of how organized secularism in the United States has grown in the past two decades, even though the percentage of atheists has not dramatically increased. The chapter then discusses how much of this growth in involvement and activism is related to religion’s political influence as well as the perception of discrimination against and marginalization in the United States among atheists. But aside from politics and the culture wars, the significant development among atheists the chapter introduces in this chapter is the new forms of community, including those on the Internet, that have been formed to mark and strengthen secularist identity.

Keywords:   secularism, atheism, politics, activism, community

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