HOLY FUCKING SHIT: Obama meets with atheists

Today, Obama met with representatives from the Secular Coalition of America to discuss problems fueled by religion. From USA Today:
The main discussion points were, according to Margaret Talev's McClatchy article:
  • "child medical neglect" -- Many religious child care centers are exempted from the health and safety regulations under which secular health centers are run.
  • "military proselytizing" -- The coalition asserts that the increasing number of evangelical Christians in the military is causing religious discrimination and that these Christians believe they must promote Christianity as part of their military duty.
  • "faith-based initiatives" -- The coalition says the Bush administration created programs like the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives to unconstitutionally funnel money to religious institutions.
I'm a little mixed on the idea of atheism as a social movement, mainly because of the fact that there are innumerable stupid things that we don't believe in, but don't find them important enough to give ourselves a name or meet with government officials about. The very title of this blog is a sarcastic jab at the very idea that we actually have to label ourselves "atheists" because we don't believe in divine beings with magical superpowers.

But I think we have to recognize that unicorn believers aren't going around demanding special tax exemptions, trying to repress the civil rights of others with references to ancient unicorn scrolls, trying to get evolution booted out of school in favor of a more unicorn-friendly creation story, or waging unicorn-fueled holy wars. But theists are doing those things, and many more, and we need to speak out about it. Today was a step in the right direction, and I applaud the Obama administration for giving non-believers an audience.  Where he actually stands on the above issues (and others) and what he intends to do about them remains to be seen, but I'm glad our President has at least taken this first step.

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