JAMES A. HAUGHT – Churchless Americans began soaring in the 1990s and climbed past one-fourth of the population. They tend to hold compassionate social views, making them the biggest faith group in the Democratic Party base.
JAMES A. HAUGHT – In violation of the separation of church and state, American tax dollars are funneled to fundamentalist private schools teaching crackpot absurdities â€“ such as a claim that Noah probably took two baby dinosaurs onto his ark.
JAMES A. HAUGHT – Back in 2003, in a top-secret international phone call, President George W. Bush urged French President Jacques Chirac to join America in invading Iraq on grounds that Christian nations must thwart the Satanic forces of Gog and Magog. Chirac was baffled by such crackpottery. A few French newspapers wrote derisive sneers about the born-again U.S. leader. Today, itâ€™s dÃ©jÃ vu all over again. Religious kooks in high office are an absurd facet of the Republican Trump administration.
JAMES A. HAUGHT – The steady retreat of religion in America may shift politics to the left. Surveys find that young Americans who say their faith is “none” generally hold humane progressive values, supporting women’s equality, gay rights, universal healthcare, legal marijuana, free college and other liberal goals. Decline of religion is perhaps the most profound sociological phenomenon of the 21st century.
JAMES A. HAUGHT – As long as supposed enemies drop their guns to rescue a dangling child, thereâ€™s hope that decency can outweigh the worldâ€™s ugliness, and civilization can keep on improving.
JAMES A. HAUGHT – Christâ€™s teachings were virtually a prescription for the compassionate â€œsafety netâ€ upholding people and families in modern democracies.
JAMES A. HAUGHT – One of my history-minded friends has a long-range political view summed up in three words: Liberals always win. Complex social struggles may take centuries or decades, he says, but they eventually bring victory for human rights, more democratic liberties, a stronger public safety net, and other progressive goals.