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Cheer up, fellow Atheists!

Though it appears that the religious right has a tight grip on our nation, I'm somewhat encouraged by an article in Free Inquiry Magazine, which cites a report indicating an increase in the percentage of Americans who do not subscribe to a religious doctrine. The figure rose from 9 percent in 1993, to 14 percent in 2002. Additional reports from 2004 place this number as high as 16 percent. Is America slowly freeing itself from the vice grip of narrow-minded religious doctrines? Is the religious right making a desperate last stand, that will ultimately result in its demise?

Regardless of the direction our country ultimately takes, it's clear that we'll at least have to endure a few more years of conservative ideology and bigotry in our government, and our daily lives. I have to believe that in time, we'll come out of this mess an enlightened nation, one guided by science, inquiry, open dialogue, tolerance, respect, and compassion.

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