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I wrote a while back about the fact that President Barack Obama — gosh lemme say that again, actual friggin’ no kidding President Barack Obama— was raised in a nonreligious home.

Now the American Humanist Association has congratulated Obama with an ad in the inaugural edition of the Washington Post:


And how lovely — how surpassingly, achingly, tearfully lovely — that that final meme sounds again and again in Obama’s work, from The Audacity of Hope to a speech in 2006 to the Inaugural Address itself:

Whatever we once were, are no longer just a Christian nation; we are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers.

That’s a meme worth keeping very much alive.

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Dale McGowan is the author of Parenting Beyond Belief, Raising Freethinkers, and Atheism for Dummies. He holds a BA in evolutionary anthropology and a PhD in music.