Am I part of this country now?

Atheists welcome in Obama’s big church

“The goal of this office will not be to favor one religious group over another — or even religious groups over secular groups,” the president said in a speech.

“We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers.”

This is awesome.  I’ve NEVER felt that a president, or any politician, recognized non-believers.  Recognized someone like me.  It makes me feel part of this country in a way that I’ve never really felt before.

Of course the term non-beleivers does still set me apart.  I mean most people don’t like to be known as being “not” something else.  Can you imagine a politician addressing a lesbian as a non-heterosexual or a black man as a non-white man?  What if you called a woman a non-man?  Yes, technically they are all true, but it kind of rubs you the wrong way doesn’t it?  Yet people who think like I do are regularly called non-beleivers.  As if beleiving is the normal, or accepted, or default setting, not just the most common.

Actually, if you look at it from that point of view, none of us should be described as living.  We should all be called non-dead.  Dead is the default setting, life is the anomaly.  That makes these signs a little more accurate, don’t you think?

I’m not sure what term I would like to be used to describe people who think like me.  Bright maybe?

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