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- Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 22:00:42 +0000
We aren't. In France it is illegal to wear hijabs to public schools. America is very open to religion or non-religion.
America is not open to non-religion, don't spew propaganda you've heard all your life.
America the government is open to non-religious people. Americans are not necessarily going to be as accepting.
In at least seven U.S. states, constitutional provisions are in place that bar atheists from public office and one state, Arkansas, has a law that bars atheists from testifying as witnesses at trials.
Yes, there are many defunct aspects of state constitutions. One state still bares interracial marriage and I think a few states still mention slaves.
It's true that they haven't been enforced in a very long time but there's still a stigma socially. Here's another example.
Atheism, lack of religious observation and regular church attendance, and the inability to prove one's willingness and capacity to attend to religion with his children, have been used to deny custody to non-religious parents.