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

Despite being raised in a Muslim household himself, he did not pull his punches when singling out other religions for being problematic in American political institutions, warning the Christian-right isfueled 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,” el escribio.

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, reclamándolo “would 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,” el escribio.

He proclaimed that the mosturgenttask 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, viernes, junio 24, 2022, outside the Supreme Court in Washington. (Foto AP / Steve Helber)

Faith Adams from Bangor, Maine, protests about abortion, viernes, junio 24, 2022, outside the Supreme Court in Washington. (Foto AP / Steve Helber) ( Foto AP / 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. ((los trabajadores examinan a los pasajeros en el Aeropuerto Internacional O'Hare en noviembre))

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,” el escribio.

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