I wish we could come upon a new era in America where political leaders could and would right up front say that they are atheist-secular-humanists,and they would explain openly the humanist manifesto, and they would challenge the religionists in our political and societal arenas to why their philosophy of government and culture is better.
There are open atheist leaders of other nations in the world. They have grown up. We now need to. Even if our ASH leaders first lose elections, it could and should be a building process. It may take decades to get the point home but in the end it should win out, because everybody respects ‘reason’ once they see it properly defined.
I think we already have many nonbelievers in our government, but they will never admit it openly. This is ridiculous, and medievel thinking. Secular humanism is the most intellectually honest lifestance that we have. And that is what should be promoted, even if it initally fails to be accepted by the majority.