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The Secular Activist: A How-to Manual for Protecting the Wall between Church and State Paperback – October 1, 2016
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Dan does and excellent job of explaining the struggle of the secular movement and gives us the resources to make out own mark. The lessons he has learned and the experience gained will be andinvaluable tool to those of us just breaking into secular activism
His recounting of his "Ark Encounter" is both informative and inspiring. It makes me optimistic that we will continue to make strides in opposing the push of the religious right and finally achieve a truly secular government.
His book is in part a memoir of the processes of this ongoing battle in Kentucky and his advice on what he did wrong and what he did right within his accomplishments. His advice is applicable to most activist scenario.
For anyone with a passion to defend or debate State Church separation issues this book is a must-read.
I know this author's writings from his blog. I actually wanted to give this author the benefit of the doubt. So I picked up a copy of his book. Sadly, it's even worse than I was expecting.
If it stopped at a poor understanding of the law, it would be one thing (in fact, even if the author tried to make a solid argument against the Supreme Court decision relating to Ark Encounter, I would have given him some credit). But in his crusade against religion, Arel went far beyond expressing ignorance of law. He went full on bigot, by expressing his desire to eradicate religion. To think that it is even possible to eradicate religion, that it is necessary to do so, or to equate it to cancer, shows a total lack of understanding of the topic, on par with the most ignorant of homophobes, transphobes, and racists. For that reason alone, this book does not deserve more than one star, regardless of what other content is in it.