MSNBC columnist claims American Christians are holding US women 'hostage'

Ten spyte daarvan dat hy self in 'n Moslem-huishouding grootgemaak is, hy het nie sy vuis getrek toe hy ander godsdienste uitgesonder het omdat hulle problematies was in Amerikaanse politieke instellings nie, waarskuwing die Christen-regs is “fueled by a radically reactionary Supreme Court that is two-thirds Catholic.

The overturning of Roe v. Wade means the lives of women across the country are being held hostage by a conservative Christian conception of life,” hy het geskryf.

Aleem blasted Republican politicians for invoking their Christian faith in their opposition to transgender rights and abortion.

A woman praying in a church

A woman praying in a church (AP)

In response to the alleged crisis, Aleem proposed anenergetic, organized atheist movement — which I propose calling ‘communitarian atheism’to be the solution, claiming itwould provide an effective way to guard against the twin crises of intensifying religious extremism on one end, and the atomizing social consequences of a plunge in conventional religiosity on the other.

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An organized atheist community can help agitate for and finance a secularist equivalent of the Federalist Society — the right-wing legal movement that helped populate the federal courts with hard right jurists and helped get us into this mess — to act as a bulwark against theocracy,” hy het geskryf.

He proclaimed that the most “dringend” task for atheists in modern Americais to guard against the astonishing uptick in the power of the religious right, with the Supreme Court favoring religious intervention in our political lives and an increasingly energized Christian nationalist alliance with the Trump wing of the party.

Faith Adams from Bangor, Maine, protests about abortion, Vrydag, Junie 24, 2022, outside the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Foto / Steve Helber)

Faith Adams from Bangor, Maine, protests about abortion, Vrydag, Junie 24, 2022, outside the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Foto / Steve Helber) ( AP Foto / Steve Helber)

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Aleem illustrated that his case forcommunitarian atheismstems from hisbelief that atheism opens up radical new possibilities for critical thinking and freedom, but that it has a great deal to learn from religion and the religious right as well.

Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Daunte Wright face off with police near the Brooklyn Center police station on April 13, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

Demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Daunte Wright face off with police near the Brooklyn Center police station on April 13, 2021 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. ((Foto deur Scott Olson/Getty Images))

He explained his conversation to being an atheist.

Some people think of atheists as rudderless and living in a cold, meaningless world. My experience was the opposite. Atheism enlivened me and spurred me to develop a broader skepticism of all manner of received wisdom. The displacement of heaven inspired me to think about achieving utopia on earth; my reading skewed in a radically left-wing direction, and I pivoted toward political activism,” hy het geskryf.

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