RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 793581732 LA English T1 In freedom we trust : an atheist guide to religious liberty A1 Buckner, Ed., Buckner, Michael E., PB Prometheus Books PP Amherst, N.Y. YR 2012 SN 9781616146443 1616146443 AB Opponents attack the president of the United States for not being a real Christian. Bitter arguments erupt over whether the United States is or should be a Christian nation. Sound familiar? These contentious issues are not just recent developments but were also the topics of fierce debate in the late eighteenth century. In Freedom We Trust covers these and other related issues from the two-centuries-long debate over religion and secularism in America. Taking an unabashedly atheistic point of view, authors Edward M. and Michael E. Buckner argue that everyone?from evangelical Christian to ardent atheist?needs a secular America and separation of church and state. They examine the decidedly unchristian roots of the Fourth of July, the important difference between "tolerance" and "toleration," the misleading confusions related to the difference between "public" and "governmental," the value of secular schooling, the erroneous contention that atheism is equivalent to immorality and therefore dangerous, and a host of other contemporary and historical topics.