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Before proceeding, here is some historical context. Excerpts from the Encyclopedia Brittanica of 1771.
How many atheists are there in the U.S.? According to the The Harris PollŪ #80, October 31, 2006 11%. That is an increase of 2 percentage points over the 9% atheists in 2003.
Please keep in mind that the material on BSA discusses two separate issues. The non-legal issue "Should BSA open membership to non- believers?" and the legal issues such as "Does government violate anti-discrimination law by chartering BSA units?".
Should membership organizations dedicating to serving American veterans refuse to admit nonbelievers? Should U.S. Air Force Academy chapels refuse access to military personnel for their wedding because the marriage ceremony is not conducted by a clergyperson or 'their equivalent'?
Essays, statements, and general information from various perspectives on related topics.
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There is far too much misunderstanding, stereotyping, and misinformation regarding atheism. Learn about atheism.
To discriminate against a thoroughly upright citizen because he belongs to some particular church, or because, like Abraham Lincoln, he has not avowed his allegiance to any church, is an outrage against that liberty of conscience which is one of the foundations of American life. Written by Theodore Roosevelt in 1908.
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