The Danger for Humanism: Winning the Battles and Losing the War against Theism in Public Policy

Part of the Studies in Humanist and Atheism book series (HRC)


The impact of theism on public policy in the United States is real and unequivocal. In Louisiana, for example, the Louisiana Family Forum, a Focus on the Family affiliate, is second only to the oil and gas industry in political influence.1 Executive director Gene Mills, a Pentecostal minister, has direct access to the governor.2 At the national level, both Democratic and Republican politicians consider public religiosity a prerequisite for holding office. Barack Obama has continued George W. Bush’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives as the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, permitting discriminatory hiring by religious charities receiving public funds—a practice concerning which, at this writing, newly appointed executive director Melissa Rogers will say only that it “remains under review.”3 Former executive director Joshua Dubois (2009–2013), also a Pentecostal minister, pointedly met with the American Bible Society during his tenure in order “to begin a dialogue on the importance of the Bible in the founding of the country,” while shunning civil liberties advocates.4


Public Policy Religious View Methodological Naturalism Building Bridge Cultural Divide 
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