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[This is another short piece that could be converted into an ad to be published in newspapers or magazines. It is intended to appeal to nominal religious believers who have doubts about their faith, and the intrusion of organized religion into the lives of nonbelievers.]

If you are, stop reading.  This message is not meant for you.

Islamist terrorists kill innocent people with knives and guns.  They self-righteously believe that they are doing their god’s work, and will be rewarded in Paradise for the crimes they commit.  Most Muslims do not share those beliefs, but they are often criticized for not publicly condemning the horrendous atrocities committed in the name of their religion.

In this country, Christian terrorists rarely kill people with knives and guns, although it has happened at abortion clinics.  Instead, they seek to impose their agenda by limiting the liberties of our citizens.  They attack the rights of a woman to control what happens inside her own body.  They seek to withhold the rights of gays to marry.  They attempt to force the teaching of creationism into public school science classes.  They believe, as the Islamist terrorists do, that they are doing God’s work and will be rewarded in Heaven for their actions.  Sadly, these self-righteous people have sometimes been successful in undermining our secular government to advance their agenda.  The number of people who have been harmed by their actions is far greater than those killed by Islamist terrorists.

They promote the myth that we live in a “Christian Nation.”  We do not.  Our citizens practice many religions and a growing number are nonbelievers.  Read the Constitution and you will see that the only references to religion make it clear that organized religion has no role in our government.

If you are a Christian but you are uncomfortable with this systematic effort to undermine our government, then the same criticism that moderate Muslims are getting could be directed at you unless you are actively and publicly opposing your church’s actions.

If your church leaders do not listen to you and to others who share your discomfort, isn’t it time for you to stop supporting it, and to consider joining one of the many secular advocacy organizations?  You will find that a growing number of people share your concerns and are pushing back against the oppressive agenda of organized religion.

But if you sit back and remain silent as the self-righteous members of your religion continue to promote ignorance, superstition and intolerance, then you are part of the problem.  We urge you to join us and become part of the solution.  We can make a better world without religion.

Bert Bigelow is a trained engineer who pursued a career in software design. Now retired, he enjoys writing short essays on many subjects but mainly focuses on politics and religion and the intersection...