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As a nonbeliever, my morality isn't built upon the sands of sacred writ but on the stable ground of experience, reason, science, and the humanist philosophy of compassion and empathy for everyone.
It's like turning nonbelievers into targets," she said.
In many cases, researchers have excluded religious nonbelievers from participation in a study or have not sampled them in sufficient numbers to produce conclusions about this growing subgroup (Pargament, Koenig, Tarakeshwar, & Hahn, 2004).
After completion of testing it was found that for one nonbeliever in the control condition of Run 4, the protocol for defining the target bias for this run was grossly violated, such that the targets reflected the P's response bias in Runs 1 and 2 positively rather than negatively.
And yet, the strength of this book lies in presenting both sides of the story and thereby providing a solid foundation for discussion between believers and nonbelievers.
The plaintiffs in the case include Pennsylvania Nonbelievers, its president Brian Fields and member Joshua Neiderhiser; Dillsburg Area Freethinkers, its chief organizer Paul Tucker and member Deana Weaver; and Lancaster Freethought Society and its president Scott Rhoades.
They reject the idea that nonbelievers should focus on electing other nonbelievers to political office.
Being a nonbeliever, I have long tried to examine situations devoid of their religious value.
Unsurprisingly, the unjustified stereotype that atheists are unpatriotic, disloyal, and un-American has continued to this day in large part because public schools across the country require the daily recitation of "under God" Used in the context of an exercise designed to instill patriotism and loyalty in schoolchildren, the "under God" language sends a strong message that true patriots believe in God and that nonbelievers are unpatriotic.
In arguing against the majority opinion, which said that nonbelievers should not be forced to give a false appearance of participating in graduation prayers in which they do not believe, the three dissenters said that "government's interest in fostering respect for religion, generally, trumps" the nonbeliever's interest in not being made to appear to be joining in with the government-sponsored prayer.
Nonbeliever Sinclair Lewis declined in 1922 and, when he accepted a Nobel Prize in 1930, lambasted the Academy: "It represents only Henry Wadsworth Longfellow," he declared while naming twenty-one writers he considered should have been elected and apparently aware that Longfellow had been dead for over four decades.