American Religious Pluralism is Real, Pt. 3

The treatment the Franklin episode has received in popular imagination and Christian revisionist-historical apology serves as simply a more brazen example of the kind of hagiographical pious-washing also applied to a moment of prayer that, according to all parties, actually did transpire when the Continental Congress met for the first time in September of 1774.…

The illusion of Christian unity and dominance in the U.S.: American religious pluralism is real

In a November post on her Patreon page, writer, thinker, and religious activist Megan Kennedy argued that we must face “a hard truth of modern American society: religious pluralism, in practice, is an illusion.” Kennedy finds evidence for her claim in the abusive treatment meted out by Fox News host Tucker Carlson to The Satanic…

Religious pluralism versus religious unity in America: Which is real and which an illusion?

Writer Megan Kennedy has argued from the ill-treatment The Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves received at the hands of Fox News host Tucker Carlson that religious pluralism in this country is illusory. Carlson's arrogance and deliberate obtuseness in refusing to recognize TST as legitimate betoken an inflated sense of majority Christian religious privilege that would…

The end-game for Satanists in the public eye

When The Satanic Temple gets involved in legal challenges to state-sanctioned spaces where Christianity and its representatives receive privileged access to public religious expression that is denied to atheists and minority religions, governments often move to shut down public religious expression entirely rather than to admit Satanists as equal players on the field. This pattern…

Danica Roem, Lucien’s Law, and why the silencing of public religion kills a tough conversation we all need to have

Equality advocate Ash Beckham is an enthusiastic supporter of coming out of your closet and having the hard conversation, no matter what your personal closet or hard conversation is. I am an atheist and an ardent proponent of church/state separation, which means part of me inwardly celebrates when legal challenges to majority religious privilege in…